David Higgs

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Mr. Higgs is the Chair of the Organ Department at the Eastman School of Music.

NEW YORK CITY “Mr. Higgs’ outstanding virtues are three: very secure finger work, an unusual sense of tempo that is at once buoyant and rock-steady, and an imaginative judgement of organ registrations that subtly exploits a wide range of effects but never insists on showing us the whole range within a single piece.  Of these, the rhythmic security is perhaps most remarkable.  One felt it immediately in the athletic flow of Bach’s D Major Prelude.”
The New York Times

ANNAPOLIS, MD   (Concert for the American Guild of Organists National Convention held in Washington DC – the first ever “St. Cecilia Recital” for the Guild.)
           “The recital by David Higgs was flawless, so very musical, and the audience of organists was breathtakingly attentive…”    “…Higgs playing of the Passacaglia in C minor, BWV 582, was a masterpiece of performance and pure musicality. His drive and care given to the monumental work was simply thrilling.” …. “The final piece on the programmed recital, Widor’s Symphony VI in G minor, op 42, ‘brought the house down’ with the audience’s immediate standing ovation.”
The Diapason (January 2011)

BOSTON, MA (Harvard Memorial Church inaugural recital)
“C. B. Fisk Opus 139 was publicly inaugurated [by David Higgs] in a most distinguished recital.”  ….    “His program was eclectic, reflecting the scope and abilities of the organ superbly; mostly performed from memory, it notably contained a rather large amount of both contemporary and American music.”  ….  ”Finally, Higgs performed Duruflé’s Suite op. 5, a mountain of a work that many organists attempt to climb but very few attain. His performance showed a carefree disdain of difficulty that was aerobically dazzling.”
The Boston Musical Intelligencer, April 2012

BIRMINGHAM, AL “… A brilliant performance by David Higgs.  Higgs’s playing was crisp, bright and filled with surprises. His programming was eclectic – in turns fun and whimsical, and serious and searching. In between pieces, Higgs, who chairs the organ department at the Eastman School of Music, offered accessible, engaging commentary.”
The Birmingham News

DENVER (National Convention, American Guild of Organists) “David Higgs played a stunning recital…He played the Reubke with an effortless demeanor, shaping lyrical phrases with a subtle rubato and providing a fiendish drive to the difficult manual figurations and scale passages.”
The American Organist

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