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fiorgue · International Festival of Organ Mataró Barcelona


Tu 16

© Charles Best

The virtuosity of Wayne Marshall
Improvisations and original works

Tuesday July 16th 21 pm
Basílica de Santa Maria
Tickets: 3€

Wayne Marshall

British conductor, organist and pianist Wayne Marshall is Chief Conductor of WDR Funkhausorchester Cologne, and Organist and Associate Artist of the Bridgewater Hall. He became Principal Guest Conductor of Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi in 2007. Wayne Marshall is a celebrated and award-winning interpreter of Gershwin, Bernstein and other 20th century American composers.

The 16/17 season includes his debut at the Dresden Semperoper. He will be conducting the new opera by John Harbison, Great Gatsby. Wayne Marshall returns to Leipzig Gewandhaus to conduct Wynton Marsalis’ new violin concerto with Nicola Benedetti as soloist.

As Chief Conductor of the WDR Funkhaus Orchestra, Wayne Marshall presents varied and interesting concert programmes with the aim of including the more popular genre with more mainstream repertoire. Wayne Marshall returns to Leipzig Gewandhaus, Czech Philharmonic and Vienna Symphony, Rotterdam Philharmonic and National du Capitole de Toulouse.

Recent season highlights include his successful concert at the South Bank with the newly-formed orchestra Chineke! – Europe’s first professional black orchestra. He was invited to conduct the St Louis Symphony where he conducted Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz Lincoln Centre Orchestra for Marsalis’ Swing Symphony. He recently worked with Orchestre de Paris, Brussels, Bergen, SWR Stuttgart, Santa Cecilia, Dresden, and Monte Carlo Philharmonic orchestras, Brabants Orkest, Moscow Chamber Choir and Maggio Musicale.

His opera appearances included his debut at Montreal Opera with Heggie’s Dead Man Walking followed by Porgy and Bess in 2014 and new productions of Mahagonny and Candide at Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin. He has conducted opera in Washington, Dallas and at the Opera Comique with the New World Symphony Orchestra.

As organ recitalist, he draws a varied repertoire and performs worldwide. In March 2017, he performed in Lotte Hall in South Korea. As pianist/director and organist he has performed with orchestras, including Los Angeles Philharmonic (World Première of MacMillan’s organ concertos A Scotch Bestiary), and Berlin Philharmonic under Rattle and Abbado.

In 2004, he gave the inaugural organ recital in the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles and in 2006 he inaugurated the organ at the National Grand Theatre in Beijing. In June 2017 Wayne Marshall appeared in San Francisco to perform at the Davies Symphony Hall.

He is a regular performer in the BBC Proms. In 2014 he presented the Barenboim East-West DivanProm on BBC1. Past PROM appearances include organ recitals; the UK première of A Scotch Bestiary; Last Night of the Proms in 1997 and the First Night in 2008; conducting Porgy and Bess to celebrate the Gershwin centenary and four Proms in the Park.

He has recorded extensively for numerous major labels and received an ECHO (Deutscher Schallplattenpreis) award for his 'Gershwin Songbook' CD. His latest Organ CD called Gershwin and Bernstein Improvised released on Fugue State Records has received numerous excellent reviews.

In 2004 he received an Honorary Doctorate from Bournemouth University and in 2010 he became a Fellow of the Royal College of Music. In October 2016 Wayne Marshall was awarded the Independence Golden Jubilee Award towards his contribution for outstanding service to the UK.



Louis Vierne (1870-1937)
Final de la Sinfonía no.1

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Toccata y Fuga en Re menor BWV 565

Enrico Bossi (1861-1925)
Ave María

Andrew Ager (1962-)
Toccata and Fugue

Franz Schmidt (1874-1939)
Variations and fugue of a theme of the Opera Fredigundis


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