“A particularly talented member of today’s group of up-and-coming young organists….impeccable attention to phrasing….a true virtuoso.” (The Diapason, 2012)
“If the organ is the ‘king of instruments,’ then the king’s consort must be Isabelle Demers, one of North America’s most sought-after organists.” (The Union, Grass Valley CA, 2011)
"Stunning...breathtaking...the young organist performed it in an absolutely grandiose way without ever losing sight of the principal theme. But it was pure madness to add anything to such a dazzle. I therefore left during the small encore because I decided to keep with me the impression left by the Ad nos."
(La Presse, Montreal)
"Demers's technical and musical dexterity proved that the next generation of organists is well capable of carrying the profession forward."
(The American Organist)
"Vehement virtuosity."(La Presse, Montreal)
"Consummate musicianship."(The Diapason)
"Daring and fresh...interpreted with infinite poetry...mind-blowing Toccata confirmed her tremendous talent. With her idiomatic style and her solid technique, Isabelle Demers is an artist outside the norms, or dare I say, beyond any competition."
(Les Amis de l'orgue, Quebec City)
"The concert was superb! We were riveted! Isabelle Demers-integrity, virtuosity, and charm." (Suzanne T. Purtee, Church of the Nativity, Huntsville AL, presenter)
"Great virtuosity, panache, and musical sensibility." (Lehigh Valley Chapter AGO, Russell Jackson, presenter)
“Powerful, moving…elegant…vibrant…thunderous applause.” (Pipelines, RCCO Ottawa Center, Joshua Zentner-Barrett, 2010)
"Her virtuosic performance combined bold rhythmic drive with the sensitivity of a refined musicianship and a passionate, colorful interpretation of the music. She is an engaging and impressive young talent who is destined for a brilliant career." (Suffolk NY Chapter AGO, Deanna Muro, presenter)
"I don't believe I have enough superlatives to describe Isabelle's performance...What a great afternoon! Marvelous playing; superb, judicious registration of the vast tonal resources, rubato in the right places. This was a concert that would make the audience want to return for another." (Neil Carlson, audience member in Newark NJ, 2009)
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Isabelle Demers is Organ Professor and Head of the Organ Program at Baylor University in Texas, where she teaches applied organ and courses in the organ curriculum. A native of Québec, she is rapidly becoming recognized as one of North America's most virtuosic organists. Her concert at the 2010 national convention of the American Guild of Organists, in Washington, D.C., was received with great acclaim not only by critics, who deemed it “one of the most outstanding events of the convention” (The American Organist), but also by the standing-room-only audience, which called her back five times. A review of her concert for the joint ISO-AIO convention in 2010 said that “she enchanted the entire audience with her virtuoso performance,” leaving the entire congress in an atmosphere of “Demers fever.”
She began piano and organ study at age eleven at the Montréal Conservatory of Music. After graduation in 2003 she studied on scholarship for a year in Paris at the École Normale de Paris-Alfred Cortot. She received her Master's and Doctoral degrees from The Juilliard School in New York City, where she studied with Paul Jacobs.
Recent engagements include the cathedrals of Cologne and Regensburg in Germany, St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, the Royal Opera House of Muscat, Oman, as well as major universities and concert halls in the United States, among them Davies Hall (San Francisco), Disney Hall (Los Angeles), the Kimmel Center (Philadelphia), the Wanamaker Organ (Philadelphia), Yale University, and the Eastman School of Music. Highlights of her 2013-2014 season include the rededication of the Royal Festival Hall organ (London, UK), concerts at Longwood Gardens (PA), Rockefeller Chapel-University of Chicago (IL), Cincinnati Museum of Art (OH), Cathedral of the Madeleine (UT), Palais Montcalm (Quebec City), as well as tours in Australia/New Zealand and Germany next summer.
Her debut recording on British label Acis was met with critical acclaim. On a recent broadcast of Pipedreams, presenter Michael Barone featured the Fugue from Reger's Op. 73, describing it as "a masterful score, here masterfully played," and Isabelle Demers as, "definitely a talent to watch, to hear" The RSCM's Church Music Quarterly awarded the "exciting, expressive and successful" recording its highest recommendation for its "profound and searching" performances. Fanfare Magazine proclaimed the "superbly produced" and "clear, tightly focused recording" with its "brilliantly played program." Her second disc, featuring the organ works of Rachel Laurin, was released in June 2011, and her recording of Max Reger’s Seven Chorale-Fantasias in November 2012. Her most recent CD, Bach, Bull, and Bombardes (Pro Organo), was released in May 2013, and includes works of Bach, Bull, Reger, Widor, Tremblay, Mendelssohn, Daveluy, and Thalben-Ball.
“The virtuosic fingers and feet of Isabelle Demers, a terrific organist.” (Chicago Tribune)
“All played with bracing virtuosity by organist Isabelle Demers.” (Chicago Classical Review)
“Demers’s supreme musicianship makes her performance thoroughly convincing….virtuosic.” (Choir & Organ, London, 2010)
“The excellent Isabelle Demers.” (The New York Times)
“Exciting, expressive and successful…profound and searching, and demonstrate the depth and breath of Isabelle Demers’ musicianship. I should like to hear more of her playing.” (Church Music Quarterly, England, 2010)