Grammy Award Nominated “Bad Boy of the Pipe Organ” to Perform at UNCW

World-renowned organist Cameron Carpenter

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

On Monday, April 8 at 7 p.m. in Kenan Auditorium, UNCW Presents hosts the world-renowned organist Cameron Carpenter. The New York Times describes him as “extravagantly talented,” and he has been hailed by The Los Angeles Times as “…the most gifted organist in many a generation. And he’s only just begun.”

As a keyboard prodigy, Carpenter performed professional-level pieces by age 11 before joining the American Boychoir School as a boy soprano. He later began his four years of high school at The North Carolina School of the Arts, where he made his first studies in orchestration and orchestral composition, and transcribed for the organ more than 100 major works. Carpenter holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degree from The Julliard School in New York City.

The New York/Berlin based Cameron Carpenter’s approach to the organ is smashing the stereotypes of organists and organ music while establishing a level of acclaim, exposure, and controversy unprecedented for an organist. His repertoire, from the complete works of J. S. Bach and Cesar Franck, his original compositions, and his collaborations with jazz and pop artists, is perhaps the largest and most diverse of any organist. He is the first organist ever nominated for a Grammy Award for a solo album.

With millions of hits on YouTube and numerous television, radio, and press features on CNN, CBS Sunday Morning, BBC Radio 3, The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal and others, he is the world’s most visible organist.

Tickets are $5 each for students and $22 each for the general public. See http://uncw.edu/presents/carpenter.html or call the Kenan Box Office at 910.962.3500to purchase tickets.

Media Contact: Shane Fernando, 910.962.7972 or fernandol@uncw.edu