Jeremy Filsell is the newly-appointed Organist and Director of Music at St. Thomas Church, Fifth Avenue, where in April 2019 he will assume leadership of the world-renowned music program and its deeply admired Choir of Men and Boys.
Dr. Filsell is widely recognized as one of only a few virtuoso performers that concertizes equally as organist and pianist. He has appeared as a solo pianist in Russia, Scandinavia, the USA, and throughout the UK. His concerto repertoire encompasses Mozart and Beethoven through to Shostakovich, John Ireland, and Rachmaninoff (1st, 2nd, and 3rd concerti). He has recorded the solo piano music of Herbert Howells, Bernard Stevens, Eugene Goossens, and Johann Eschmann for the Guild label. Recently released were discs of Rachmaninov’s piano music for the Signum label, two of French Mélodies accompanying Michael Bundy (baritone) on the Naxos label, and a collaboration in 2018 with Wanamaker Grand Court Organist Peter Richard Conte for the Raven label of performances of Rachmaninoff’s First and Second Piano Concerti, with the organ serving as the orchestra.
Jeremy Filsell has recorded for BBC Radio 3, USA, and Scandinavian radio networks in solo and concerto roles and his discography comprises more than 25 solo recordings. Gramophone magazine said of the series of 12 CDs comprising the premiere recordings of Marcel Dupré’s complete organ works for Guild in 2000 that it was "one of the greatest achievements in organ recording." In 2005, the Signum label released a 3-disc set of the six organ symphonies of Louis Vierne, recorded on the 1890 Cavaillé-Coll organ in St. Ouen, Rouen. This was BBC Radio 3's Disc of the Week in September of that year. He has also released a CD of the rarely-heard organ works of British composer Basil Harwood. Dr. Filsell has taught at universities, summer schools, and conventions in both the UK and USA and has served twice on international organ competition juries. Recent solo recital engagements have taken him across the USA, the UK, and to Germany, France, Finland, and Norway.
Jeremy Filsell studied as an organ scholar at Keble College, Oxford University before completing graduate studies in piano performance at the Royal College of Music in London. He was awarded his PhD at Birmingham Conservatoire/BCU for research into aesthetic and interpretative issues in the music of Marcel Dupré. Before leaving the UK in 2008, he held lectureships at the Royal Academy of Music in London and the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and was a lay clerk in the Queen's choir at St. George's Windsor Castle. Prior to his appointment at St. Thomas Church, New York, he was Organist/Choirmaster at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Washington D.C., Artist-in-residence at Washington National Cathedral, and Professor of Organ at the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore, MD.
Jeremy Filsell is represented in North America exclusively by Phillip Truckenbrod Concert Artists, LLC.