Born in Cardiff, Wales, Dr. Iain Quinn enjoys a distinguished career
as an organist, musicologist, and composer. He is Assistant Professor
of Organ and Coordinator of Sacred Music at Florida State University.
The recipient of several awards, he has received a Fellowship from
the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust and grants from Musica Britannica,
Society for American Music, The Prince's Trust, and Music & Letters
Trust. As a composer he has received commissions from churches across
the USA and from the American Guild of Organists. In the Spring,
2017 he will be a Fulbright Scholar teaching at The Rimsky-Korsakov
St. Petersburg State Conservatory, Russia.
He began his study of the organ with Robert Court and Nicolas Kynaston,
having also studied the piano and trumpet. In 1994, he moved to the
USA to pursue advanced study at The Juilliard School, The Hartt School,
University of Hartford, (BM, summa cum laude), and the Institute
of Sacred Music, Yale University (MM). His principal teachers were
John Weaver, Larry Allen, Thomas Murray, and William Porter (improvisation).
In 2009, he returned to the UK as a Doctoral Fellow at the University
of Durham during which time he was also a Visiting Fellow at Harvard
University. He completed his PhD (Historical Musicology) in 2012.
He also holds the diplomas of Fellow of the Royal College of Organists
and Fellow of the Royal Schools of Music.
He has held college, church and cathedral positions in Durham (UK),
New York, Connecticut and New Mexico. He has taught at the Blackheath
Conservatoire, London, Western Connecticut State University and for
the University of the South summer school, and Oundle for Organists
(UK). He has given lectures and conference papers in the UK, Europe,
and North America, including papers for the Royal Musical Association-Society
for Musicology in Ireland, College Music Society, and the American
Dr. Quinn has given performances in many of the world’s most
important musical centers including London, Cambridge, Oxford, Haarlem,
Berlin, Lisbon, Melbourne, Moscow, Washington, DC, New York and Hong
Kong. He has also performed at many international festivals, including
Tender is the North (Barbican Centre, London), Cambridge Summer Music
(UK), Basically Bach (New York), Festival Barocco (Rome), Closer
to Bach (Gdansk), 31 Days of Organ Music (Krakow), Dark Days Music
Festival (Reykjavik), Dundee Summer Festival (Scotland), Cardiff
Festival (Wales), Welsh Arts Festival (San Francisco), Orgue et Couleurs
(Montreal) and Göteborg International Organ Academy, Sweden.
He is the author of two books: The Genesis and Development of an
English Sonata (Routledge - Royal Musical Association Monograph Series,
2017); The Organist in Victorian Literature (Palgrave Macmillan,
2017). Further scholarly writings have been published in Tempo, Notes
(MLA), Journal of Victorian Culture, The American Organist, The Organ,
and Interpreting Historical Keyboard Music (Ashgate). He has also
edited critical editions of Samuel Barber (G. Schirmer), Carl Czerny
(2 vv), and John Goss (A-R Editions).
Dr. Quinn's choral and organ works are published by Alliance Music
Publications, Church Music Publishing, Encore Publications, GIA Music,
and Paraclete Press. He has recorded thirteen CDs that are available
on the Chandos, Hyperion, Naxos, Raven, and Regent labels. His most
recent recordings include the Complete Organ Sonatas of C.P.E. Bach
recorded at Princeton Theological Seminary (Naxos), and the Organ
Works of Mozart, Beethoven and Hummel recorded at Trinity College,
Cambridge University (Regent). Profiles of his work have been featured
in Choir and Organ magazine, The Organ and Organists’ Review.