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2012-13 Bales Artist Series announced--two international organ competition winners to perform

Friday, November 9, 2012

LAWRENCE, KS- The Bales Artist Series at the University of Kansas is now entering its sixth year, and for the first time the series will feature two artists who are recent winners of international organ competitions.

The first organ recital in the 2012-13 Bales Artist Series will feature one of these international winners. David Baskeyfield, winner of the 2011 St. Albans International Organ Competition, will perform a varied program at 7:30 p.m. on Friday evening, November 30th. Tickets are available at the Lied Center 785-864-2787 or online at www.lied.ku.edu. Ticket prices are $12 for the general public and $5 for seniors. Students are free.

The 2012-13 Bales Artist Series events are listed below (all Bales Artist Series concerts are at 7:30 pm and tickets are $12/gen admission and $5/seniors, students free):

  • November 30, 2012
    David Baskeyfield, winner of the 2011 St. Albans International Organ Competition
  • February 1, 2013
    Christopher Marks, The University of Nebraska
  • March 5, 2013
    Carolyn Shuster Fournier, Choir Organist in La Trinité, Paris
  • April 12, 2013
    Daria Burlak, winner of the Tariverdiev International Organ Competition

David Baskeyfield is the winner of the first prize and audience prize at the St. Albans International Organ Competition, 2011. Following success in a number of earlier competitions (1st prize, audience prize, Miami International Organ Competition 2010; 1st prize, Mader Memorial Organ Competition, LA, 2010; 2nd prize, Dublin International Organ Competition 2011; 1st prize, Rodland 2011; and 1st prize and audience prize, AGO National Competition in Organ Improvisation 2011), he has launched a performing career encompassing both interpretation and improvisation. Baskeyfield has studied at the Eastman School of Music under David Higgs and William Porter and read law at Oxford as organ scholar at St John's College where he studied with John Wellingham and David Sanger. Between Oxford and Eastman, he spent a year as organ scholar of Christ Church Cathedral and St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin.

Some recent and upcoming recital engagements include Washington National Cathedral, National City Christian Church, St. Thomas' 5th Avenue, King's College, Cambridge, St. Albans Cathedral, St. Giles' Cathedral, Edinburgh, Symphony Hall, Birmingham, St. Peter's Cathedral, Worms (Germany), St. Bavo, Haarlem, Chartres Cathedral and St. Sulpice. A recording project with Priory is planned for this year, tentatively comprising lesser-known works of the French symphonic school, at the Cavaillé-Coll organ of St Étienne, Caen.

Aside from solo performance, David is active as an accompanist, continuo player and occasional cocktail pianist. As an outgrowth of his interest in classical organ improvisation, he has taken to accompanying silent movies; recent engagements have featured The Phantom of the Opera (1925) and Nosferatu (1922). He also enjoys occasional access to the large Wurlitzer organ in the Auditorium Theatre in downtown Rochester, and has gone some way to legitimizing this private indulgence by being elected as a director on the Board of the Rochester Theatre Organ Society. He has been broadcast a number of times on American Public Media's Pipedreams, playing repertoire and improvisations.

David Baskeyfield Program: Bales Organ Recital Hall, The University of Kansas: November 30th at 7:30 p.m.


  • Toccata in D minor, BuxWV 155 - Dieterich Buxtehude
  • A Fancye (from My Ladye Nevells Booke) - William Byrd
  • Prelude and Fugue in E minor, BWV 548 - J.S. Bach
  • Intermission
  • Prélude et Fugue, op. 7, no. 3 - Marcel Dupré
  • Variations sur un Psaume Huguenot - André Isoir
  • Pièces de fantaisie - Louis Vierne Naïades
  • Évocation - Marcel Dupré Allegro Deciso
  • Improvisation


For more information, contact the KU School of Music for more information at 785-864-3436. MUSIC.KU.EDU.

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