Music at GMC
2007 Carlo Curley
CARLO CURLEY is one of only a few artists in the world to give classical organ concerts and recitals, unsupported by a teaching or church appointment. His self-proclaimed mission is "to establish the organ at the forefront of musical instruments, even if it takes the rest of my life".
Born in America, he has performed, in both solo and orchestral contexts, in many of the major venues throughout the world, including Japan, Hong Kong, Australia, Scandinavia, South Africa, Russia and France, where he was one of only five world class recitalists invited to inaugurate the magnificent instrument at St Eustache, Paris. He has also given recitals on other great organs of Europe and in Britain, has been the guest of such major festivals as Edinburgh, Bath, City of London, Three Choirs, Henley, Windsor, Harrogate and Canterbury. Among his regular London engagements he is now proud to number the Royal Albert Hall, the Royal Festival Hall, Alexandra Palace, St Paul's Cathedral, St John’s Smith Square and Westminster Abbey. Mr Curley was part of the inaugural series at the City of Birmingham, Symphony Hall and at the Esplanade Concert Hall, Singapore, both venues bearing ownership of fine, new Klais instruments.
His extensive North American tours, which now cover every state and province of the USA and Canada, include such major venues as New York's Carnegie Hall and Washington's Kennedy Centre. By special invitation of the President, Carlo made history by playing the first ever classical organ concert at the White House. He has now performed twice in the presence of the Princess Royal, has played before Princess Grace of Monaco (deceased) and given two Royal Command concerts for the Danish Royal Family. His unrivalled popularity leads to his being invited to give literally hundreds of inaugural recitals in churches, schools and concert halls worldwide.
Born in 1952 into a musical family, Carlo's early training was taken in hand by his grandmother, a widely respected piano teacher. Subsequent teachers included Robert Elmore, Arthur Poister, the legendary Dr Virgil Fox and Britain's foremost organist and choir-trainer, the late Sir George Thalben-Ball.
Carlo Curley's worldwide press reviews are unstinting in their praise. Not only has he been dubbed 'the Pavarotti of the Organ', he is also said to have 'inherited the mantle of the late Virgil Fox' - high praise indeed.