KEVIN BOWYER | ORGANIST
Kevin Bowyer was born in Southend-on-Sea in January 1961 and studied with Christopher Bowers-Broadbent, David Sanger, Virginia Black and Paul Steinitz. In his early career he won first prizes in five international organ competitions and his 1987 world premiere of Kaikhosru Sorabji’s two hour solo Symphony for Organ, considered “impossible” ever since its publication in 1925, helped to cement his reputation as a player of contemporary music and music of extreme technical complexity. In June 2010 he premiered Sorabji’s Second Symphony for Organ (1929-32) in Glasgow and Amsterdam – at nearly 8 hours duration, the longest notated organ work of all.
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Kevin Bowyer, like the landscape gardener, Capablility Brown, has an analytical mind which can assess a score's potential. He also has a warm heart, which seeks every opportunity of humanising music which might seem unduly cerebral.
Rarely does one find such a perfect match of player, music and instrument as this turns out to be. Alain's post-Romantic expressionism seems to find a ready soul-mate in Kevin Bowyer.
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Sorabji - Organ Symphony No 1 - I Preludio - Passacaglia - Postludio - Part 1
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Kevin Bowyer will be inaugurating the brand new organ in the Voxman Music Building at the University of Iowa. To launch this stunning instrument, Kevin will be playing Sorabji's Second Symphony for Organ. This colossal piece is eight hours long, and the performance is open to members of the public who are welcome to stay for as long as they want to listen to Kevin play this immense piece.
University of Iowa's new organ, built by Orgelbau Klais based on an organ in Schwerin Cathedral in Schwerin, Germany, after their old organ was destroyed in a flood.