Peter Richard Conte and Andrew 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 style 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—only 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 the heart of downtown Philadelphia. The organ is heard in recital twice daily, six days per week, with Mr. Conte playing a majority of those recitals. He is also one of the producers and lead artist in the popular Christmas holiday shows at Macy’s and the annual Organ Day every June, each presenting truly grand music befitting of the grand space to routinely sold out crowds. Mr. Conte is also Principal Organist at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA, 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 can include such diverse works as Bernstein’s Overture to ‘Candide’, Dupré’s Symphonie Passion, a Guilmant Organ Sonata, Mussorgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain, “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, an accomplished organist, music educator, and transcriptionist, has worked with Mr. Conte to create arrangements of popular works for organ and the unique and lush 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.” 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.
Peter Richard Conte and Andrew Ennis are represented exclusively by Phillip Truckenbrod Concert Artists, LLC.