Organ Cameron Carpenter


Born in Pennsylvania in 1981. A keyboard prodigy, he performed Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier at age 11 before joining the American Boychoir School in 1992 as a boy soprano. His first forays into composition began during this time with early choral and string works, including a 1993 cantata for voices and orchestra on passages from Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book. Besides his principal mentor, Dr. Beth Etter, his early teachers included Dr. John Bertalot and Dr. James Litton.
During his four years of high school studies at The North Carolina School of the Arts, he studied the organ with Dr. John E. Mitchener; made his first studies in orchestration and orchestral composition; and transcribed for the organ more than 100 major works, including Gustav Mahler's complete Symphony No. 5 and Robert Schumann's Novelletten, Op. 21. Carpenter continued composing after moving to New York City in 2000 to attend The Juilliard School. While at the Juilliard he composed art songs; the symphonic poem Child of Baghdad (2003) for orchestra, chorus, and Ondes Martenot; his first substantial works for solo organ; and numerous organ arrangements of piano works by Chopin, Godowsky, Grainger, Ives, Liszt, Medtner, Rachmaninoff, Schumann, and others. His teachers at Juilliard were Dr. Gerre Hancock, Dr. John Weaver, and Paul Jacobs; he simultaneously studied with the New York-based piano coach Miles Fusco, with whom he continues to work. Cameron received a Master's Degree from The Juilliard School in New York in 2006.
The same year, he began his worldwide organ concert tours and recorded his first commercial CDs and DVDs, generating a level of acclaim, exposure, and controversy unprecedented for an organist. His first album for Telarc®, Revolutionary, made him the first organist ever nominated for a GRAMMY® Award for a solo album. Edition Peters became his publisher in 2010, beginning the ongoing release of his original works with Aria, Op. 1 (2010).