Conte & Ennis
PETER RICHARD CONTE, Organist
ANDREW ENNIS, Flugelhornist & Organist
Peter’s reputation preceded him, drawing a large audience that left delighted with both the masterful command of the instrument and with the rich variety in Peter’s choice of music. Contributing to the pleasure of the evening was assisting artist Andrew Ennis, flugelhornist, who joined Conte as duo-organist. Their eloquence as well as their dynamism made for a most satisfying evening. (Dr. Thomas Murray, University Organist, Yale University, January 2017)
Peter Richard Conte’s nearly-unparalleled technical facility, brilliant ear for lush tonal color, and innovative programming have made him one of the most revered and sought-after “orchestral” organists of this era. He was appointed Wanamaker Grand Court Organist in 1989—the fourth person to hold that title since the organ first played in 1911—where he presides over the world’s largest fully-functioning musical instrument, at over 29,000 pipes, located at the Macy’s Department Store in downtown Philadelphia. The organ is heard in recital twice daily, six days per week, with Mr. Conte playing a majority of the recitals. He is also one of the producers and lead artist in Macy’s Christmas holiday shows and the annual Organ Day every June, each presenting truly grand music befitting of the grand space. Mr. Conte is also Principal Organist at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, and, since 1991, has served as Choirmaster and Organist of Saint Clement’s Church, Philadelphia.
Mr. Conte is highly regarded as a skillful performer of the standard organ repertoire, arranger of orchestral and popular transcriptions, and silent film accompanist. His recitals include such diverse works as Bernstein’s Overture to ‘Candide’, Dupré’s Symphonie Passion, a Guilmant Organ Sonata, “period pieces” such as Londonderry Air, and works by unknowns such as Firmin Swinnen and Oliphant Chuckerbutty. His numerous recordings appear on the Gothic, JAV, Pro Organo, Dorian, Raven, and DTR labels. His most recent CD, Virgil Fox Remembered, was released in May 2016 on the Raven label.
Peter Richard Conte also frequently collaborates with flugelhornist and organist Andrew Ennis. Mr. Ennis is an accomplished organist, music educator, and transcriptionist. He is organist of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Camden, New Jersey, and Band Director and Music Teacher at the Upper Pittsgrove School in Monroeville, New Jersey. He works side-by-side with Mr. Conte to create arrangements of popular works for organ and the unique and voluptuous sound of the flugelhorn. The duo’s first CD recording, My Heart With Thy Sweet Voice (Gothic #G-49294), received a Critic’s Choice Award from the American Record Guide in January 2016 and was described in an American Record Guide review in November 2016 as being “a stunningly beautiful program.” A second CD by the duo will be released in 2018. Mr. Ennis also arranges and performs with Peter Conte large-scale transcriptions of symphonic works such as Respighi’s Pines of Rome, Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, and Respighi’s orchestration of J.S. Bach’s Passacaglia in C Minor, for four hands and four feet.
Additional information on the Duo can be found at prcajeduo.com.
Peter Richard Conte and Andrew Ennis are represented exclusively by Phillip Truckenbrod Concert Artists, LLC.