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Organ masterclass with Dong-ill Shin

A brief overview of French organ music, with performance and interpretation issues on
Prelude, Fugue and Variation by Cesar Franck
“Transports of Joy” (Ascension Suite) by Olivier Messiaen
Prelude and Fugue on the Name of Alain by Maurice Durufle

Monday, 29 September 2008, 7.30-9.30 pm
Barker Road Methodist Church, Sanctuary, 48 Barker Road [locate]
FEE: $15 (general admission), $10 (AGO members)

Repertoire performed by Angela Lim, Melissa Goh and Kevin Ardianto.

[email protected] 2008

Dong-ill Shin (USA/Korea)

Thursday, 2 October 2008, 7.30 pm
Pre-concert talk at 6.45 pm
Victoria Concert Hall, 11 Empress Place [locate]
TICKETS: $15, $10 (concession), available through SISTIC

“France’s Chartres International Organ Competition, probably the world’s most prestigious” (Dallas Morning News)

Dong-ill Shin
Grand Prix d'Interprétation
Chartres Competition 2006

“One of the leading organists of the world…a breathtaking experience.” (Summorsposten, Aalesund, Norway)

Born in 1974, organist Dong-ill Shin won first prize in the national competition for piano sponsored by the Korean Times at the age of ten. When he was eleven years old, he made his debut with The Pusan Philharmonic Orchestra playing Mozart’s Concerto in d minor No. 20. Attracted by J.S. Bach’s music and the orchestra-like colors produced by the organ, he began his studies with Dr Sun-woo Cho at the age of 14. Later at Yon-sei University in Seoul he studied with Dr Tong-soon Kwak and completed his Bachelor of Music degree in 1997.

He then studied in France with Jean Boyer and received the Diplôme National Superieur de Musique from the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique de Lyon in organ, harmony, fugue, analysis, improvisation & basso-continuo. His dissertation at the conservatoire was on the study of Tabulatura Nava by Samuel Scheidt which focused on J. P. Sweelinck’s influences on him. His studies continued with Olivier Latry and Michel Bouvard at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique de Paris in the prestigious Cycle de Perfectionnement programme, which is the highest programme in the French National Conservatory system. He also undertook private studies with Marie-Claire Alain for organ and Françoise Marmim for harpsichord. During his years of study in France he won several scholarships including awards from the Darazzi Foundation, the Meyer Foundation and Société Générale. In 2004 he completed his Artist Diploma Degree at the Boston Conservatory on a full scholarship studying with James David Christie.

Dong-ill Shin is a prize winner of international competitions such as the Musashino-Tokyo International Organ Competition in 1996, Ciurlionis International Piano and Organ Competition, Lithuania and the 51st Prague Spring International Music Festival and Competition in 1999, the 21st St Albans, Great Britain in 2001, and the National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance of the AGO in 2004. He has been a featured artist on KBS Radio in Korea, France Musique & MEZZO Television in France, Lithuanian National Television and Radio & WCRB in USA. He has given numerous concerts in France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Norway, Lithuania, the Czech Republic, USA and in the Far East at such prestigious venues as Cité de la Musique, Notre Dame de Paris, La Madeleine, Cathedrale de Lyon, Monpellier and for the Festival d'Orgue de Rennes, Musashino Bunkakaikan, Japan, Busch Hall at Harvard University, Methuen Music Hall, Washington National Cathedral, etc.

Dong-ill Shin was organist at Marsh Chapel, Boston University and Interim Director of Music at Jesuit Urban Center, Boston where there is historic 1863 Hook & Hastings Organ. He is currently the Organist/Music Associate at First United Methodist Church of Hurst, TX, and teaches organ at Texas Wesleyan University.

Dong-ill-Shin (Korea/USA)


Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C Major, BWV564

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Andante in F Major, K.616

Jehan Alain (1911-1940)

Louis Vierne (1870-1937)

Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992)
Communion & Sortie from ‘Messe de la Pentecote’

Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
Prelude and Fugue on the name of B-A-C-H