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Wayne Marshall

About this Artist

Wayne Marshall is a British organist, conductor, and pianist. He is Organist and Associate Artist of the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester. Following early studies in both London and Vienna, Wayne is now celebrated as an internationally-renowned organ recitalist and improviser with an exceptionally varied repertoire – regularly championing works by Messiaen, Dupré, and Schmidt.

His 2019/20 season includes recitals at prestigious venues such as the ElbPhilharmonie, Hamburg; Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles; Kimmel Centre, Philadelphia; Symphony Hall, Birmingham UK; Cologne Philharmonie; and the Brucknerhaus in Linz, Austria. He will also be featured as conductor, soloist, and composer at the Zaryadye Hall in Moscow with the Moscow Chamber Choir, where he will perform as a featured guest artist on their new organ in Spring 2020.

Other recent organ recitals include Royal Festival Hall as part of their International Organ Series, Dresden Philharmonie, Wiener Konzerthaus, Davies Hall, Notre-Dame de Paris, Lotte Hall, Three Choirs Festival, Luxembourg Philharmonie, Royal Albert Hall (featuring fellow organists David Briggs and Olivier Latry), and National Grand Theater in Beijing.

He was honored to be invited to give the inaugural organ recital at Philharmonie de Paris (2014), alongside his friend and colleague, organist Olivier Latry.

He is a regular performer at the BBC Proms, appearing frequently as an organ soloist,  including the U.K. premiere of James MacMillan’s A Scotch Bestiary; Last Night of the Proms in 1997, and the First Night in 2008. More recently, he appeared as organ soloist in both the 2012 and 2016 seasons.

Wayne also enjoys a successful career as a conductor and pianist. He is Chief Conductor of the WDR Funkhausorkester in Cologne and regularly play-directs the works of Gershwin, as well as conducting other 20th-century American repertoire, most notably Bernstein. As a guest conductor, highlights of his 2019/20 season include his Chicago Symphony debut at the Ravinia Festival, Tonkuenstler Orchestra at the Musikverein, the Vancouver and Seattle symphony orchestras, and a concert performance of Porgy and Bess as part of the Wroclaw Festival. He opens the season of the Het Gelders Orkest and ReisZuid-Nederland with concert performances of Bernstein’s Wonderful Town, which will subsequently tour around the Netherlands. He also returns to the Czech Philharmonic to close their 2019/20 season with Martin Grubinger. Plans with his WDR Funkhausorchester include “BEAThoven” – a 21st-century reworking of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony as part of the worldwide 2020 celebrations.

Other guest-conducting highlights include Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Dresden Philharmonic, SWR for a special Frank Zappa project, Shanghai Philharmonic, a concert version of Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess with the Prague Radio Philharmonic, and U.K. touring with Chineke! and the BBC Singers.

He has recorded extensively on Virgin Classics, and most recently on Orchid Classics with Chineke! In 2004 he won an ECHO award for his Gershwin Songbook disc. Plans are afoot to launch a new album of organ repertoire in the near future.

Wayne was appointed a Fellow of the Royal College of Music in 2010, and in 2016 was awarded the Golden Jubilee Award by the Barbados Government for his outstanding services to music. Wayne is proud to be an Ambassador of the London Music Fund.