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Daniel Sullivan (Organ)

Born: USA

The American organist, Daniel Sullivan, practices a wide-ranging career as a performer and teacher. In addition to playing solo concerts, he performs collaboratively with pianist Jason Cutmore as the New York Piano-Organ Duo and with organist Isabelle Demers as the Sullivan-Demers Two-Organ Duo.

The NY Piano-Organ Duo features both original works for this unique combination of instruments by composers such as Franck and Langlais, as well as their own transcriptions of Peter and the Wolf and Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite. Daniel Sullivan and Cutmore have concertized together in Canada and the USA, playing at such well-known venues as Canada’s Elora Festival, Cincinnati’s Hyde Park United Methodist Church, and Finney Chapel at Oberlin College.

Daniel Sullivan’s work with Isabelle Demers focuses on transcribing music for performance on two organs played at the same time. They have arranged music from J.S. Bach’s Wachet Auf Cantata, Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Ballet, L.v. Beethoven’s 7th Symphony, and Wagner’s Tannhäuser in addition to their own double-organ version of Peter and the Wolf. In 2008 the Jacksonville AGO chapter invited them to perform for their “Organ Spectacular” celebration. All of this work has taken him to cities across the USA and Canada, including San Francisco, Albuquerque, Denver, Salt Lake City, Tucson, Seattle, Chicago, Indianapolis, Cleveland, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Atlanta, Jacksonville, St. Petersburg, Lacombe (Alberta), Elora (Ontario) and many venues in other states.

In 2008 Raven Compact Discs released his debut recording, a CD of J.S. Bach's Goldberg Variations (BWV 988), and American Record Guide wrote that “if you like the Goldberg’s enough to buy more than one recording, this one should be on your must-have list.”

In 2008-2009, Daniel Sullivan was appointed to the faculty of Juilliard to design and teach an organ literature class. While living in New York, he taught piano and organ privately to people both young and old. Currently, Mr. Sullivan teaches piano at Immanuel Lutheran High School in Eau Claire, WI, and is one of several organists at Messiah Lutheran Church in the same city.

Source: Daniel Sullivan Website
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (September 2009)

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Daniel Sullivan, Concert Organist (Official Website)


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