Johannes Lang : Born in 1989 in Dusseldorf, began his organ training in 1998 with Susanne Kern in Basel and then in 2002 with Andres Jost in Zurich. Since 2009, he has studied church music and harpsichord with Prof. Martin Schmeding in Freiburg.
His previous competition successes include numerous prizes including:
Els Biesemans was born in Antwerp and is at home on a number of different keyboard instruments, performing concerts on the clavichord, fortepiano, modern concert grand piano, harpsichord, and organ in most European countries, Japan, Canada and the US.
Christian Lane : Winner of the prestigious 2011 Canadian International Organ Competition and currently Associate University Choirmaster and Organist at Harvard University, Christian Lane is one of America’s most accomplished and versatile young organists. Consistently acclaimed for his “driving energy and mature interpretation (The American Organist),” he holds a Bachelor’s degree and the Sacred Music Diploma from the Eastman School of Music, where his mentor and teacher was Prof. David Higgs. Subsequently, he completed graduate work with Prof. Thomas Murray as a Robert Baker Scholar at Yale University, earning a Master’s degree from the Yale School of Music and a certificate from Yale’s Institute of Sacred Music. Passionate about commissioning new music and using the organ in collaborative settings, Mr. Lane has performed extensively throughout the United States and in Europe. Notably, he premiered two commissioned works by composer Nico Muhly and he regularly performs joint programs with internationally acclaimed soprano Jolle Greenleaf. As an accompanist, he has recorded several discs with choirs, including three last year with Harvard ensembles; his first two solo discs are forthcoming this year. In addition, Mr. Lane has been privileged to serve within several of the United States’ most prominent parish music programs prior to, and including, his 2008 appointment at Harvard. Included are the Episcopal Churches of Trinity-on-the-Green (New Haven) and Saint Thomas Fifth Avenue (New York City).
Frédéric Champion : French musician, Frédéric Champion has won several prizes and awards for performing organ music from the 16th through the 21st century. Having performed regularly as a soloist and with orchestras and choirs, Champion has given several concerts in Europe, Asia and North America. He has also created pieces exclusively for the organ, as well as for organ and percussions or choirs. Champion is also linked to transcribing symphonic pieces for the organ. He also cultivates the art of improvisation on the organ and the fortepiano.
And in October 2008, Champion won 1st Prize and Audience Prize at the Canadian International Organ Competition (CIOC), a prestigious new competition in Montreal that plays an important role in recognizing and promoting the value of organ music. Since, Frédéric Champion acts as its first ambassador and his performances are regularly aired on both Radio-Canada and CBC, official broadcasters of CIOC events. Thanks to his victory at the CIOC, Champion has given concerts across North America in 2009 and 2010 (Salt Lake City, Toronto, Cincinnati, Calgary, Montreal, Lachine, Rimouski, Edmonton, Savannah, etc.), and recorded a CD of French Music (ATMA Classique). This CD has received rave reviews in the American Organist and in Choir and Organ (UK) which declares: “Champion is one of the finest young organist you'll ever hear!”
Luc Beauséjour : Harpsichordist and organist Luc Beauséjour is renowned for the elegance, virtuosity, and expressiveness of his playing, which has won him an enthusiastic audience and the continuing praise of critics and music specialists. In the last few years, he has won numerous awards, including “Performer of the Year” by the Conseil québécois de la musique. Mr. Beauséjour leads a very active performing schedule in Canada and abroad that has taken him to France, the United States, Austria, Germany, Hungary, Belgium, and Bermuda.
Mark Edwards (born 1986 in Toronto) is a Canadian harpsichordist and organist from Toronto, Ontario. He is first-prize winner of the 2012 Musica Antiqua Bruges International Harpsichord Competition. Mark Edwards began studying the piano at the age of 11, before turning to the organ at 16, and the harpsichord at 19. In addition to his prize at the Bruges competition, Mark won third prize at the 2012 Jurow International Harpsichord Competition, and second prize in the 2011 Concours d'Orgue de Québec. He is also a founding member of Ensemble 1729. He has appeared on American Public Media's radio program Pipedreams, as well as on La Société Radio-Canada's program Soirées classiques.
Yves-G. Préfontaine undertook his studies in music at the Conservatory of music of Montreal, studying organ and harpsichord with Bernard and Mireille Lagacé, followed by Scott Ross. He was awarded first prizes in each of these disciplines and went on to perfect his knowledge of the harpsichord with Gustav Leonhardt, in Amsterdam. He took first place in the John Robb Competition of Montreal as well as in the national competition of the Canadian College of Organists.
As a soloist and a chamber musician, he has played for most organisations devoted to organ recitals and has been a guest at festivals and 'Maisons de la Culture' in Quebec. In the early 1990s, he presented Montreal audiences with François Couperin's complete works for keyboard in a series of twelve very well-received recitals. This unique project led him to participate in a special 'François Couperin' gathering based around the historic organ of Clicquot in Souvigny, in the heart of France. He has also played in the United States and Belgium.
After some time working as researcher and host for the classical music broadcasts of Radio Canada and Radio-Cité, he founded the music section at the CEGEP Marie-Victorin, which he directed for ten years and where he continues to teach. As a member of the special committee for organs of the Archdiocese of Montreal, he shares the rostrum of the organ of the Marie-Reine-des-Coeurs Sanctuary of Montreal with Bernard Lagacé, and is titular organist and chapel master at the Grand Seminary of Montreal.
Andrew Elliot Henderson became Director of Music & Organist at Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church (MAPC) in July 2005. Andrew succeeded his former teacher, John Weaver, following his distinguished 35-year tenure at MAPC. At the church he directs an extensive liturgical program with a number of choirs, a choral society, the Saint Andrew Chorale, the Saint Andrew Music Society’s Music on Madison series, and oversees the New York City Children’s Chorus at MAPC graded choral program. In addition to his position at MAPC, Andrew is the organ instructor at Teacher’s College, Columbia University; teaches graduate organ literature courses at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ; and is the Associate Organist at New York City’s Temple Emanu-El, the largest Jewish house of worship in the world.
A native of Thorold, Ontario, he holds degrees in music from Cambridge and Yale Universities. The recipient of a C.V. Starr Foundation fellowship, he was awarded the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the Juilliard School in 2007, receiving the Richard F. French prize for the best doctoral document. From 2001 to 2005 he was the Assistant Organist at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, New York. Andrew was a finalist in the international organ competition Grand Prix de Chartres held in Chartres Cathedral in 2002, and the following year he won first prize in the biennial National Organ Playing Competition sponsored by the Royal Canadian College of Organists. As well as performing recitals in St. Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Abbey, London, and in most major venues in New York City and at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., he has been featured as a performer on NPR’s Pipedreams.
Michelle Gott, a native of Las Vegas, is a versatile performing artist dedicated to the artistic presentation of traditional repertoire and the creation of new works in collaboration with emerging composers. Ms. Gott began her studies at the age of four under the leadership of her mother and harpist, Caryn Wunderlich Gott, and immediately took to the stage in the performance of solo and chamber works. As a winner of the 2009 Juilliard Concerto Competition, Ms. Gott debuted in Alice Tully Hall with Mozart's Concerto for Flute and Harp. In April of 2006, Ms. Gott debuted in Carnegie Hall with the East Coast premiere of a new concerto for harp and wind ensemble by Los Angeles composer, Kevin Kaska. Ms. Gott devoted a recital at Juilliard to innovative chamber music, which included premieres of new works by Brian Mark and Roderick Gorby and a rare performance of Raga for two harps by French-Canadian composer, Caroline Lizotte.
In May 2007, Ms. Gott received the honor of the Peter Mennin Prize for Outstanding Leadership and Achievement in the Arts from The Juilliard School. She holds both Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Harp Performance from The Juilliard School under the tutelage of Nancy Allen and is currently in the C.V. Starr Doctoral Program.