William Whitehead

Membro do Júri

Member of the Jury

A carreira de William Whitehead, como organista, lançou-se quando ganhou o Primeiro Prémio do Concurso Internacional de Órgão de Odense, na Dinamarca, em 2004. Formado na Universidade de Oxford e na Real Academia de Música, em Londres, os seus professores incluíram David Sanger e Dame Gillian Weir. Ganhou valiosa inspiração durante o ano em que foi Organ Scholar na Abadia de Westminster, onde tocou para as cerimónias e, ocasionalmente, dirigiu o coro. Em consequência, foi nomeado Organista Assistente na Catedral de Rochester, onde acompanhou o coro da Catedral e ajudou a fundar o novo Coro Infantil Feminino. Atualmente, combina uma carreira como organista de concerto, professor e escritor. Toca, regularmente, com grupos, tais como, Dunedin Consort, Academy of Ancient Music e Gabrieli Consort, com quem gravou recentemente um dos concertos para órgão de Handel. Fez várias gravações a solo, incluindo o premiado Dances of Life and Death (música de Alain e Duruflé), as Sonatas Completas para Órgão de Mendelssohn, e obras do repertório inglês, no órgão histórico Abraham Jordan, em Southall, Londres. Como professor, tem ensinado na Royal Academy of Music e no Trinity College of Music. Presentemente, também, ensina órgão tanto na Universidade de Oxford como na Universidade de Cambridge. Atualmente, coordena um projeto internacional que visa completar o Orgelbüchlein de J. S. Bach com composições novas

 

William Whitehead's solo organ-playing career took off when he won First Prize at the Odense International Organ Competition, in Denmark, 2004. Trained at Oxford University and the Royal Academy of Music, London, his teachers have included David Sanger and Dame Gillian Weir. Valuable inspiration was gained in his year as Organ Scholar of Westminster Abbey, where he played for services and occasionally conducted the choir. This led to becoming Assistant Organist at Rochester Cathedral, where he accompanied the Cathedral Choir and helped to found the new Girls' Choir. William now combines a career as a concert organist, teacher and writer. He is regularly to be heard with groups such as the Dunedin Consort, the Academy of Ancient Music and the Gabrieli Consort, with whom he recently recorded a Handel Organ Concerto. He has made a number of solo recordings, including the award-winning 'Dances of Life and Death' (music of Alain and Duruflé), complete Organ Sonatas of Mendelssohn, and English repertoire on the historic Abraham Jordan organ in Southall, London. As a teacher, he has held posts at both the Royal Academy of Music and Trinity College of Music, and now teaches organ students at both Oxford and Cambridge Universities. He is currently curating a major international project to complete Bach’s Orgelbüchlein with new compositions.