Wayne Marshall

 

 

Wayne Marshall

 

Marshall was exposed to music from a very early age, becoming familiar with the piano at the age of three, and started lessons a few years later.

From 1971-1979 he studied at the Chethams School of Music in Manchester. Afterwards, he won a scholarship to study at the Royal College of Music in London and was an organist at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle. In 1983-1984 he studied and graduate school at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna.

He then adventured into the music world, gaining experience in a variety of genres, including but not limited to church music and jazz. He soon decided to turn professional as an organ and piano soloist. The first recording was released on EMI in 1990 using the organ at the Coventry Cathedral.

It was also during this period that he found a foothold that would later lead him to perform with world-famous orchestras as a conductor. He later became accustomed to conducting and directing on the podium as well as performing as a soloist.

He has made numerous recording appearances and has conducted at prestigious opera houses in Washington, Dallas, Montreal, Paris (Opéra-Comique), Rome and Dresden (Semper Opera).

In 2016, he was invited as a guest conductor by the Royal Scottish Orchestra, the Taipei City Symphony Orchestra and the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, and performed as an organist at the Ten Pieces BBC Proms (Royal Albert Hall).

He has played many BBC Proms from then on and was one of the guest presenters at the 2014 Barenboim Proms.

His achievements don't stop there. In 1998 he was named the BBC Music Magazine of the Year and in 2004 he was awarded an honorary doctorate from Bournemouth University. In 2010 he was made a professor of the Royal College of Music. and in 2016 he was awarded the prestigious Golden Jubilee Award for his musical endeavors.

One of his most accomplished albums "A Gershwin Songbook & improvisations" won the German Echo Prize.

As his accomplishment's might suggest, Marshall never rests on his career. he has been particularly active as Principal Guest Conductor of the Cologne WDR Symphony Orchestra, and has also performed with the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester, the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Vienna Symphony Orchestra.

One of the most highly anticipated projects was in 2018 when he conducting a mass by Leonard Bernstein with the Orchester de Paris. Bernstein's interpretation of the music was Marshall's specialty, and the performance received much attention.

In addition to these conducting activities, he has toured the world as a concert organist, performing at the Moscow International Music Hall, the Lotte Concert Hall (Korea), and the Davis Symphony Hall (California).

He is truly a person with two talents, a person who is, so to speak, a legacy

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