American organist Christopher Houlihan will give a free concert this Sunday, April 13, at Rollins College.
Houlihan has been labeled "gifted" (New York Times), "dazzling" (Wall Street Journal), and "one of the brightest stars in the new generation of American organists" (Cincinnati Enquirer).
He made his orchestral debut with the Hartford Symphony and recorded his first two CDs while still in college, prompting classmates to form the "Houli Fans," a fan base that continues to grow on Facebook.
His "Vierne 2012" tour attracted international attention and critical acclaim for performing the six organ symphonies of Louis Vierne in marathon concerts in six major North American cities. The Los Angeles Times called his performance there "a major surprise of the summer, a true revelation."
He has been a featured performer at four conventions of the American Guild of Organists and has performed professionally in 33 states as well as in Canada, France and Scotland. He is one of the very few organists in the world who earns his entire living from performing.
Houlihan is a graduate of Trinity College in Connecticut where he studied with John Rose, his organ teacher from the age of 12. He earned his master's degree at the Juilliard School in New York, where he studied with the Grammy Award winning organist Paul Jacobs.
He earned the "Prix de Perfectionnement" (equivalent to a university artist's diploma in the US) from the French National Regional Conservatory in Versailles, and while in France served as assistant musician at the American Cathedral in Paris where he had the honor of performing for then-President George W. Bush and his wife.
Houlihan has played in Central Florida before, as part of the annual Bach Festival at Rollins.
Sunday's concert will be 4-5:30 p.m. in Knowles Chapel on the Rollins campus, 1000 Holt Ave., Winter Park. Houlihan will perform a program of Bach, Alexandre Guilmant and Cesar Frank. This performance is made possible through a grant from the Faith Emeny Conger Visiting Organist Concert Series, in honor of John Oliver Rich, Rollins College Class of 1938.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun