If you don't know the name Cameron Carpenter, you soon will. The first organist ever nominated for a GRAMMY Award for a solo album, Carpenter received the prestigious Leonard Bernstein Prize at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival in 2012. He's been called "a smasher of cultural and classical music taboos" by the Los Angeles Times, and critics around the globe have marveled at his technical virtuosity and musicianship as well as his signature sartorial style.
A keyboard prodigy, composer, and performer, Carpenter now concertizes before sold-out houses around the world. He received his Bachelor's and Master's Degree from The Juilliard School, and has created organ transcriptions of more than 100 works, from Shostakovich's Festival Overture and Schubert's Erlkönig to Chopin's Opus 10 Etudes. Classical WETA senior producer (and organist) Deb Lamberton caught up with Cameron to discuss his vision for music-making that will forever change the definition of "organist." Cameron Carpenter makes his DC-area debut in a solo recital at the Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda, MD on Friday, April 12 at 8:00 pm.