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Iain Quinn

Assistant Professor of Organ and Coordinator of Sacred Music

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Academic Area: 
Performance (Keyboard)
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KMU 226

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Born in Cardiff, Wales, Dr. Iain Quinn enjoys a distinguished career as an organist, musicologist, and composer. He began his study of the organ with Robert Court and Nicolas Kynaston, having already studied the piano and trumpet. In 1994, he moved to the US to pursue advanced study at The Juilliard School, The Hartt School, University of Hartford, (BM, summa cum laude), and the Institute of Sacred Music, Yale University (MM). His principal teachers were John Weaver, Larry Allen, Thomas Murray, William Porter (improvisation) and Nathan Williamson (composition). In 2009, he returned to the UK as a Doctoral Fellow at the University of Durham during which time he was also a Visiting Fellow at Harvard University. He completed his PhD (Historical Musicology) in 2012.

At age fourteen, he became the youngest person ever appointed Organist at St. Michael’s Theological College, Llandaff. Since that time, he has held college, church and cathedral positions in Durham (UK), New York, Connecticut and New Mexico, respectively, and taught at the Blackheath Conservatoire, London, and Western Connecticut State University. He has given lectures and conference papers in the UK, Europe, and North America including papers for the Royal Musical Association-Society for Musicology in Ireland, and the American Musicological Society.

Dr. Quinn has given regular performances in many of the world’s most important centers, including those in London, Cambridge, Oxford, Haarlem, Berlin, Lisbon, Melbourne, Moscow, Washington, DC, New York and Hong Kong. He has also performed at many international festivals, including Tender is the North (Barbican Centre, London), Cambridge Summer Music (UK), Basically Bach (New York), Festival Barocco (Rome), Closer to Bach (Gdansk), 31 Days of Organ Music (Krakow), Dark Days Music Festival (Reykjavik), Dundee Summer Festival (Scotland), Cardiff Festival (Wales), Welsh Arts Festival (San Francisco), Orgue et Couleurs (Montreal) and Göteborg International Organ Academy, Sweden.

The recipient of numerous honors, Dr. Quinn was awarded a Fellowship by the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust to research the historic organs of Brazil, an award from The Prince’s Trust to further cultural exchange within the European Union, and has been the recipient of a Louise Dyer award from Musica Britannica and a grant from the Music & Letters Trust.

Scholarly writings have been published in Tempo, MLA Notes, Journal of Victorian Culture, Interpreting Historical Keyboard Music (Ashgate), and in editions of Samuel Barber and Carl Czerny published by G. Schirmer and A-R Editions, respectively. Profiles of his work have been featured in Choir and Organ magazine, The Organ and Organists’ Review.

He has recorded eleven CDs that are available on the Chandos, Hyperion, and Raven labels.



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