FIU Music Festival: Organ Virtuoso Thomas Trotter
November 6 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm| $5 – $15
$15 General Admission | $10 FIU Faculty/Staff/Alumni | $5 Students (with valid i.d.)
“City of Birmingham-based organist Thomas Trotter is rightly regarded as one of the most brilliant concert organists currently on the world stage. ….. Trotter’s performances are invigorating, revealing the inner details of the music. He consistently chooses appropriate tempos and projects strong rhythm. His nuanced playing takes advantage of this instrument’s sensitive and responsive action. A virtuoso’s virtuoso, he harnesses his immaculate technique and musicianship to serve every aspect of the music.”
James Hildreth – The American Organist, December 2013
Thomas Trotter is one of Britain’s most widely admired musicians. He has been awarded the Royal Philharmonic Society’s prestigious Instrumentalist Award in recognition of his particular achievements as ‘one of the foremost exponents of the organist’s art,’ International Performer of the Year Award for 2012 by the New York City Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and, in 2016, the Royal College of Organists Medal. He has performed as soloist with conductors Sir Simon Rattle, Bernard Haitink, Riccardo Chailly, Valery Gergiev, Sir Charles Mackerras and, amongst many others, succeeding generation’s Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Sakari Oramo, Edward Gardner, Francois-Xavier Roth, Petri Sakari, Andris Nelsons and Thomas Sondergaard.
He appears at the festivals of Salzburg, Berlin, Vienna, Edinburgh and London’s BBC Proms. He performs with leading orchestras such as the Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, Philharmonia Orchestra and Royal Philharmonic orchestras. Alongside his regular recitals in Birmingham, Thomas Trotter performs throughout the USA and Europe.
He became an extensive recording artist for Decca in 1989. His most recent recordings—Elgar at Salisbury Cathedral, organ transcriptions from the newly restored Birmingham Town Hall, a collection ranging from Handel through to Litaize on the new Mander organ at St Giles Cripplegate, Grand Organ Prom on the renovated organ at the Royal Albert Hall and The Town Hall Tradition from Birmingham Town Hall all appear on the Regent label. Of his many other CDs he received a Grand Prix du Disque for his recording of music by Liszt.
For the FIU Music Festival, he plays FIU’s crown jewel, the Sydell Ida Wertheim Organ. Presented in collaboration with the American Guild of Organists.