GETTYSBURG, PA—Music Gettysburg! welcomes the stunningly talented and globe-trotting organist, Felix Hell and virtuosa pianist Grace Kim to the concert stage on Friday, January 27th, at 7 P.M. in the chapel of the Gettysburg Seminary.
Mr. Hell and Ms. Kim, his wife, will be performing works of Haydn, Karg-Elert, Chopin, Mozart, Franck and Dupré on the Seminary’s Andover tracker organ Opus 84 and its concert grand piano.
Hailed as “most well known young concert organist worldwide” (Dr. John Weaver), and “undoubtedly one of the major talents of the century” (Dr. Frederick Swann, AGO president), the German organ virtuoso Felix Hell is a phenomenon in several ways.
Ms. Kim holds degrees from the Juilliard School (B.M., M.M.) and is currently completing her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. Her principal teachers have been Herbert Stessin, Julian Martin, and Boris Slutsky. She has taught as an assistant to Julian Martin at the Bowdoin Music Festival, and has been a teaching fellow at the Juilliard School and the Peabody Institute. Ms. Kim is on faculty at Washington College, and currently resides in Baltimore, Maryland, with her husband, Felix Hell.
A liturgical organist since the age of eight, Felix has concertized in Germany and abroad since the age of nine, has already performed more than 650 recitals in his native Germany, as well as abroad since the age of nine, concertizing in countries such as Australia, Canada, Finland, France, Iceland, Italy, Jamaica, Korea, Latvia, New Zealand, Norway, Malaysia, Singapore, Spain, Russia, and the USA, where he performed more than 450 recitals in 44 states.
Other career milestones include the performances of the entire organ work of Johann Sebastian Bach both in the USA and Germany in 2006 and 2007 three times and the performances of the organ works of Felix Mendelssohn in the USA and in Germany.
Felix Hell was born on September 14, 1985, in Frankenthal/Pfalz, Germany. He took his first piano lesson at the age of seven, followed by his first organ lesson shortly after his eighth birthday. On Easter 1994, still eight years old, he performed in his first service as an liturgical organist. Also in 1994, he participated in the German competition for young musicians Jugend musiziertï, and was awarded with two First Prizes in organ playing, following by First Prizes in 1996 (piano solo), 1997 (organ sol) and 1999 (piano solo).
Come enjoy this evening concert which is free and open to the public. The Seminary Chapel is on Seminary Ridge in Gettysburg. For more information about this and other concerts remaining in the 2010 Music, Gettysburg! schedule, please call 717-334-6286 ext 2197 or visit the web site at www.musicgettysburg.org .