Past Event9 Jul 2023

Free Organ Concert Series: Isabelle Demers

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Great Hall, Auckland Town Hall

Classical music

We are delighted to welcome back world-renowned Canadian organist and Juilliard graduate Isabelle Demers for the second concert in the Auckland Town Hall Free Organ Concert Series.

Regarded as one of the world’s great organists, Isabelle will be coming to Auckland from ‘Organ Celebration’ in London’s Royal Albert Hall, to delight audiences with a spellbinding programme, all played entirely from memory.

The programme opens with J S Bach’s Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue in a dazzling arrangement by Max Reger, and one of the most demanding works in the repertoire. There’s also William’s Star Wars Medley, Stravinsky’s Firebird, and much more. 

Regularly invited to play at the basilique Notre-Dame de Montréal, Demer’s virtuosic piano techniques and repertoire played entirely from memory set her apart in the world of organists. Don’t miss this ‘fearless and extraordinary’ organist.

This will sell out so don’t delay – secure your tickets quickly!

Ko Isabelle Demers te kaiwhakatangi pūkeru rongonui i te ao. Nō Kānata ia, he kiriwhakapōtae hoki ia nō te kura nui o Juiliard. Ka whakangahau ia i ngā tāngata o Tāmaki Makaurau ki āna tangi puoro i te konohete tuarua i Hōro ā-tāone mō te Organ Concert Series.

He rite tonu te pōwhiritia ōna ki te whakaari i te basilique Notre-Dame de Montréal. Ko te rerekētanga o Demer i ētahi atu kaiwhakatangi pūkeri o te ao ko tana āhei ki te whakatangi mā te pūmahara noa iho.


About the Organist
Born in Lanchine, Quebec Isabelle began studying piano at the age of six. At the age of 11, she entered the Conservatoire de musique du Quebec a Montreal. She started studying organ at the age of 16, in private lessons with Yves Garand. During her stay at the Conservatory, she won many prizes, including second prize in the Montreal Symphony Orchestra competition in 2000. In 2003 a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts enabled her to study piano at the École Normale de Musique de Paris. After this, she decided to concentrate on the organ and in 2004 was accepted at the Juilliard School in New York. She currently serves as Professor of Organ at McGill University in Quebec.

Mō te kaiwhakatangi pūkeri

I whānau mai a Isabelle i Lanchine, Quebec. I reira, i tīmata tana ako ki te whakatangi piana e ono tau te pakeke. Ka 11 tau te pakeke, ka kuhu atu ia ki te kura o Conservatoire de musique du Quebec a Montreal. Ka 16 tau ia, ka tīmata tana ako matawhāiti nei i te pūkeri ki a Yves Garand. I tana nohonga ki te Conservatory, i riro i a ia te tini o ngā tohu nui, pēnei i te tūranga tuarua i te whakataetae Montreal Symphony Orchestra i te tau 2000. I te tau 2003 i whakawhiwhia ia ki tētahi karahipi i te Canada Council for the Arts e wātea ai ia ki te whai i ngā akoranga whakatangi piana i te kura nui o École Normale de Musique de Paris. Whai muri i tēnei, i whakatau ia kia aro pū atu ki te pūkeri, ā, i te tau 2004 i kuhu atu ai ia ki te kura nui o Juilliard i New York. I tēnei wā, e mahi ana ia hei ahorangi o te pūkeri i te Schulich School of Music i McGill University i Montreal, Kānata

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