Grace Church in New York
The Amsterdam – New Amsterdam International Organ Festival
Thursday through Saturday
12 – 14 January 2017
Come to New York and study the music of the Sweelinck and his students with his successor in private lessons and master classes.
Organ Concerts by the featured artists
Thursday and Friday at Noon and 8:00 p.m.
Participants Concert in Grace Church on Saturday at 4:00 p.m.
Matteo Imbruno, Successor of Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck and Organist of
De Oude Kerk, Amsterdam
Patrick Allen, Organist and Master of Choristers of
Grace Church in New York
The Bicentennial Organ, Opus 65, built for Grace Church in New York by
Taylor and Boody Organbuilders, Staunton, Virginia
For information and to participate in private lessons and master classes or to audit, please contact Patrick Allen by using the CONTACT BUTTON at the top right of this page.
Matteo Imbruno, a native of Pietramontecorvino, Italy, studied organ in Bologna (Liuwe Tamminga), Rotterdam (Bernard Winsemius) and Lübeck (Martin Haselböck). He is resident organist of the Oude Kerk in Amsterdam, the same position that Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck held in the 17th century.
Mr. Imbruno is also the resident organist of the Museum Amsterdam Hermitage. Active as a concert performer, he has played in the most prestigious festivals and music centres of Europe, Japan, South America and the United States.
Mr. Imbruno has had the regular privilege of performing duo recitals for two organs with the late Gustav Leonhardt.
He was visiting teacher at the Buenos Aires Conservatory, University of Rosario, University of Mendoza (Argentina), Montevideo Conservatory (Uruguay), Arizona State University (Phoenix USA) and Brown University (Providence USA).
Mr. Imbruno presents masterclasses around the world and is in demand on international juries. He has recorded several CD’s on historical organs in The Netherlands and Italy, and has made recordings for the BBC radio London. Matteo Imbruno is the artistic director of the “International Organ Competition Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck” and of the”Fondazione Accademia di Musica Italiana per Organo(Pistoia)”.
Patrick Allen, Conductor, Harpsichordist, and Organist is a native of Tallahassee, Florida. Since 2000 he has served as Organist and Master of Choristers at Grace Church in New York. In addition to his work training the choristers, conducting the Choir of Men and Boys, Girls’ Choir, Parish and Adult Choirs, and supporting the liturgies of Grace Church, he founded and plays the “Bach at Noon” and “Weekend Organ Meditation” series at the Church. Combined, live organ music is offered to the community as meditation six days a week from September through May. www.gracechurchnyc.org
Allen has been heard as soloist on the organ and harpsichord and in many chamber music programs throughout the United States and Europe. With the Choir of Men and Boys and Girls’ Choir of Grace Church he has toured France, Austria, The Czech Republic, Italy, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. Allen has recorded with The Saint Thomas Choir on the Koch and Priory labels.
Patrick Allen has received degrees from the University of North Texas and The Florida State University. He was awarded the degree Doctor of Musical Arts and The Performer’s Certificate in Organ from the Eastman School of Music as a student of Russell Saunders. In Amsterdam, Allen worked with Gustav Leonhardt, Max van Egmond, and Veronika Hampe. In 1988 he was a finalist in the American Guild of Organists National Open Young Artists Competition.
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