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Cameron Carpenter is a composer-performer unique among keyboardists, challenging the stereotypes of organ music. His repertory spans from the complete works of Bach and Franck, to his hundreds of transcriptions of non-organ works, his original compositions, and his collaborations with jazz and pop artists. He is the first organist ever nominated for a Grammy award for a solo album. He received the Leonard Bernstein Award in 2012, and in spring 2014 he launched his international touring organ, a digital instrument of his own design.

Mr. Carpenter performed Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier at age eleven before joining the American Boychoir School in 1992 as a boy soprano. While a high school student at the North Carolina School of the Arts, he made his first studies in orchestration and orchestral composition, and transcribed more than 100 major works for the organ. He continued composing after moving to New York City in 2000 to attend the Juilliard School; he received a master’s degree from Juilliard in 2006. The same year, he began his worldwide organ concert tours, giving numerous debut performances at venues including Royal Albert Hall, the Leipzig Gewandhaus, Melbourne Town Hall, and Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow. A regular guest at Davies Symphony Hall, he last appeared under San Francisco Symphony auspices in summer 2013 accompanying the film The Battleship Potemkin with his own improvised score.

Mr. Carpenter signed with the Sony Classical label in 2013 and recently released his first recording for the label titled If You Could Read My Mind. For the Telarc label, he recorded the Grammy-nominated album Revolutionary and the full length DVD and CD Cameron Live!. Edition Peters began publishing his compositions in 2010. His first major work for organ and orchestra, The Scandal, Opus 3, was commissioned by the Cologne Philharmonie and premiered on New Year’s Day 2011 by the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie under the direction of Alexander Shelley.

(September 2014)