"A Stunning recital that can only be described as breathtaking!...the kind of transcendent performance one always hopes for, but only gets to experience once or twice in a lifetime--if that!" (Alfred Fedak, Westminster Presbyterian Church, Albany NY, presenter)
"Dr. Lewis played with great authority, but also with an elegance and sensitivity to style, room, and instrument, and received the first standing ovation of the[AGO] convention." (The American Organist)
"A satisfying and remarkably lucid showcase...joyous." (The Birmingham News AL)
"Huw's playing was really fabulous-thoughtful, engaging, virtuosic when appropriate but musically crafted and mature at all times. He charmed the audience with both his playing and his informative commentary on the music. He was also a wonderfully gracious guest to all with whom he came into contact, and it was simply a delight to have him here." (Don H. Horisberger, Lake Forest IL, presenter)
"It was a delight to present Huw Lewis...The audience responded enthusiastically to his performance, which was at once energetic and sensitive."
(Robert Lee, St. James' Episcopal Church, Jackson, Mississippi)
"The 50th anniversary celebration of the Bach Festival culminated in a very impressive organ recital by Huw Lewis. A performer with an international reputation, he presented an almost-all-Bach program of thoroughly challenging works....With panache, Lewis deftly negotiated the many moods and rapid-fire register changes that make this work (Liszt BACH) such a dynamic closing number."(Kalamazoo Gazette, Michigan)
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Huw Lewis was born into a musical family in Wales, and received formal training with John Birch and Ralph Downes at the Royal College of Music in London and at Cambridge University. In 1972, he came to the United States to study organ at the University of Michigan, earning Master's and Doctoral degrees in organ performance. His teachers there were Robert Clark, Robert Glasgow, and Marilyn Mason. He also studied privately with Catharine Crozier.
Huw Lewis' early career was marked with distinction: he received the Teaching and performing diplomas from the Royal Academy and the Royal College of Music, and top prizes for both diplomas of the Royal College of Organists while yet a teenager; he received scholarships and fellowships at Cambridge and Michigan Universities, and won First Prize at the National Organ Competition in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Subsequently, his extensive performing career has taken him all across the United States, and to Britain, Europe, and Russia. he has performed at numerous national and regional conventions of many professional organizations, including the Hymn Society of America and the American Guild of Organists; he has been a soloist at the International Congress of Organists, and has judged at many competitions, including the Dallas International Organ Competition.
His playing has been broadcast over the radio in Europe, Britain, and in the U.S., and on Television in the U.S. Huw Lewis has appeared as a soloist many times with orchestra; he recently participated in the world premieres of concertos by Alfred Fedak and Michael Daugherty. Dr. Lewis is College Organist at Hope College, and Director of Music at St. John's Episcopal Church, Detroit.