Comments from Presenters…..
“A powerhouse of musicality and inventiveness. He is without doubt a musical genius.” (Thomas Lee Bailey, St. Peter’s-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church, Bay Shore NY, presenter)
David Baskeyfield is a British concert organist currently living in Rochester, upstate New York. Acclaimed in the press for virtuosity, musicality, aplomb, an impressive command of registration, exquisite playing (La Presse, Montreal; Dallas Morning News; Choir and Organ) and, on improvisation, "A remarkably cogent toccata and fugue, the latter especially brilliant for its lucid subjects, episodes, imitative elaborations and fluid key shifts" (Michael Huebner, Birmingham News) his performing career has come to encompass both interpretation and improvisation. He is the winner of the first prize and audience prize at the St Albans International Organ Competition, 2011, which followed success in a number earlier competitions (1st prize, audience prize, Miami 2010; 1st prize, Mader, LA, 2010; 2nd prize, Dublin 2011, 1st prize, Rodland 2011; and 1st prize and audience prize, AGO National Competition in Organ Improvisation 2011). He was most recently a finalist in the improvisation competition at St Albans, 2013.
Some recent and upcoming recital engagements include Washington National Cathedral; St Thomas' 5th Avenue; King's College, Cambridge; St Albans Cathedral; St Giles' Cathedral, Edinburgh; Birmingham Town Hall; St Bavo, Haarlem; St Peter im Schwarzwald, Baden-Württemberg; Chartres Cathedral, and St Sulpice.
Baskeyfield was an organ scholar at St John's College, Oxford, where he read law and studied organ with John Wellingham and David Sanger. On the encouragement of David Higgs he crossed the Atlantic to begin graduate work at the Eastman School of Music, studying under Higgs (interpretation) and William Porter (improvisation). Between Oxford and Eastman he spent a year as organ scholar of Christ Church Cathedral and St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin, accompanying or directing the choirs of professional mixed voices, and men and boys respectively. He is currently Director of Music at Christ Episcopal Church, Pittsford, New York.
He has taught masterclasses covering repertoire and improvisation; aside from solo performance he enjoys work as a collaborative pianist, continuo player, and occasional cocktail pianist. He is increasingly renowned for silent film accompaniment; recent engagements have featured The Phantom of the Opera (1925) and Nosferatu (1922). He has also been broadcast a number of times on American Public Media's Pipedreams, playing repertoire and improvising. He has occasionally given theatre organ recitals.
Among other things, he is enthusiastic about cooking, brewing, sports fishing, and the cichlids of Lake Malawi.
“Very high level in all respects: complete, flawless technique,
virtuosity in the most difficult
passages, perfect coordination
between hands and feet, usicality,
richness of ideas in the registration scheme. In short, absolute professionalism.”
(La Presse, Montreal)