JEREMY FILSELL has established a concert career as one of only a few virtuoso performers on both the Piano and the Organ.
He has performed as a solo pianist in Russia, the USA, across the UK and appeared regularly at St John's Smith Square, the Wigmore and Conway Halls in London during the early part of his career. He has worked with the BBC Singers and orchestras under Stephen Cleobury, Pierre Boulez, Barry Wordsworth and Ronald Corp, as repetiteur for John Eliot Gardner, Vernon Handley and Sir Charles Groves. He has been the pianist of the European Contemporary Music Ensemble and also of the Burghersh Piano Trio. His Concerto repertoire encompasses Mozart, Beethoven, Shostakovich, John Ireland, and the four Rachmaninov concerti. In recent years, he has recorded for Guild the solo piano music of Eugene Goossens, Herbert Howells, Carl Johann Eschmann, Bernard Stevens, Rachmaninov, and the two Sonatas of Liszt's pupil Julius Reubke. Classic CD magazine commented that in his pianism 'he does not attract for his virtuosity but for his ability to make the music unfold with irresistible logic and clarity: music-making of the highest calibre.'
As an organist, Jeremy's extensive discography comprises solo discs for Guild, Signum, Herald and ASV. He has recorded for BBC Radio 3 in solo and concerto roles and a concert career has included recitals in the UK, USA, Germany, France (Notre-Dame and St Sulpice Paris, Chartres Cathedral), Finland, Norway, Sweden and masterclasses for the Henry Wood (Ireland) and Oundle International Summer Schools, Eton Choral Courses and for Yale and Utah State Universities in the USA.
In 2000 he recorded the complete organ works of Marcel Dupré (12 CDs) for Guild, Gramophone magazine commenting that it was ‘one of the greatest achievements in organ recording…' and 'Filsell’s astonishing interpretative and technical skills make for compulsive listening… truly distinguished, compelling and unquestionably authoritative performances; Filsell has phenomenal technique.’ In 2004, he recorded the six Organ Symphonies of Louis Vierne on the 1890 Cavaillé-Coll organ in St Ouen Rouen for Signum (BBC Radio 3's Disc of the Week September 2005). Recent recording projects have included two discs of Mélodies for Naxos (by Vierne, Widor, Dupré and Tournemire) with Michael Bundy (Baritone), Rachmaninov's piano music for Signum (Sonata no. 2 in Bb Op. 36, Etudes-ableaux Op.33 and Preludes Op. 32), Rachmaninov organ transcriptions from the Kimmel Center, Philadelphia and the Organ Works of Gaston Litaize (scheduled 2016).
A Limpus prize winner and Silver Medallist of the Worshipful Company of Musicians for FRCO as a teenager, Jeremy graduated from Oxford University as Organ Scholar at Keble College, having pursued organ studies with Nicolas Kynaston and Daniel Roth in Paris. As a graduate he studied Piano with David Parkhouse and Hilary McNamara at the Royal College of Music and privately at the University of Surrey with Martin Hughes. He completed a PhD at Birmingham Conservatoire/Birmingham City University PhD abstract) examining aesthetic and interpretative issues in the music of Marcel Dupré.
During the course of his career he has held posts at Cranleigh School, Ely Cathedral, St Luke's Chelsea, St Peter's Eaton Square, the London Oratory School, Royal Holloway College University of London and Eton College. Until 2008, he combined teaching posts at the Royal Academy of Music in London and the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester with a lay clerkship in the choir of St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle. In 2007 he served for the second time as a jury member at the Concours International pour l'orgue in Saint-Maurice d'Agaune. He lives and works now principally in the USA, combining an international performing and teaching activities with being Artist-in-Residence at Washington National Cathedral, Director of Music at the Church of the Epiphany in downtown Washington DC and Professor of Organ at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore MD. He is represented in the UK and Europe by Chameleon Arts Management and in the USA by Philip Truckenbrod Concert Artists.