Biography
 

ORGANIST • MUSICOLOGIST • COMPOSER

   
 

 

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.

Dr. Quinn has more than ninety publications including books, articles, compositions and CDs. He has received several awards including a Fellowship from the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, grants from Musica Britannica, Society for American Music, The Prince's Trust, and the Music & Letters Trust. As a composer, he has received commissions from churches across the UK and USA and from the American Guild of Organists. He has been a Visiting Composer in Chapel, Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge (2012), Visiting Fellow, Harvard University (2013), Fulbright Scholar, The Rimsky-Korsakov St. Petersburg State Conservatory, Russia (2017) and the Rudolph Ganz Fellow at the Newberry Library, Chicago (2018).

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. 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.

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 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, 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 Musicological Society. His reconstruction of the early choral work of Samuel Barber, Christmas Eve , was premiered by the Harvard University Choir in 2014. Related interviews discussing his research were heard on American Public Media's Pipedreams and Performance Today , the most popular classical music broadcast in the USA with a weekly audience of 1.4 million listeners.

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 (2 vv) (G. Schirmer), Carl Czerny (2 vv), John Goss (A-R Editions), Arcangelo Corelli-Carl Czerny and Robert Papperitz (Ut Orpheus Edizioni), and Edward Elgar (vol. 7, Elgar Complete Edition).

Dr. Quinn's choral and organ works are published by Church Music Publishing, Encore Publications, GIA Music, and Paraclete Press. He has recorded fifteen CDs that are available on the Chandos, Guild, 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), Works of Mozart, Beethoven and Hummel recorded at Trinity College, Cambridge (Regent), and Twentieth-Century Masterworks including the complete organ sonatas of Hindemith recorded at Pacific Lutheran University (Guild). Profiles of his work have been featured in Choir and Organ magazine, The Organ and Organists' Review.
   
Rev: 9 August 2018