The Catholic University of America

Jeremy Filsell, Ph.D.

Lecturer, Organ

Jeremy Filsell


Jeremy Filsell (Ph.D., Birmingham Conservatoire/BCU) is acknowledged as one of only a few virtuoso performers as both a pianist and organist. He has appeared as a solo pianist in Russia, Scandinavia, the USA, and throughout the UK. His concerto repertoire encompasses Mozart and Beethoven through to Shostakovich, John Ireland, and Rachmaninov (2nd and 3rd concertos). He has recorded the solo piano music of Herbert Howells, Bernard Stevens, Eugene Goossens, and Johann Eschmann and released recently released were discs of Rachmaninov’s piano music for Signum and two of French Mélodies accompanying Michael Bundy (baritone) for Naxos.

Jeremy Filsell has recorded for BBC Radio 3, USA, and Scandinavian radio networks in solo and concerto roles and his discography comprises more than 25 solo recordings. Gramophone magazine commented on the series of 12 CDs comprising the premiere recordings of Marcel Dupré’s complete organ works for Guild in 2000 that it was “one of the greatest achievements in organ recording.” In 2005, Signum released a 3-disc set of the six organ symphonies of Louis Vierne, recorded on the 1890 Cavaillé-Coll organ in St. Ouen Rouen. This was BBC Radio 3’s Disc of the Week in September of that year. He has taught at universities, summer schools, and conventions in both the UK and USA and has served twice on international organ competition juries in Europe. Recent solo recital engagements have taken him across the USA and UK and also to Germany, France, Finland, and Norway.

A Limpus prize winner and Silver Medallist of the Worshipful Company of Musicians for the highest marks in the Royal College of Organists’ Fellowship examinations as a teenager, Jeremy Filsell was an organ scholar at Oxford University where he pursued organ studies with Nicolas Kynaston and Daniel Roth in Paris. As a graduate, he studied Piano at the Royal College of Music under David Parkhouse and Hilary McNamara and later completed a PhD at Birmingham Conservatoire/BCU researching aesthetic and interpretative issues in the music of Marcel Dupré.

Before emigrating to the USA in 2008, he taught organ and academic studies for ten years at the Royal Academy of Music in London and the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and was a lay clerk in the Queen’s choir at St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle. With representation in the USA by Philip Truckenbrod Concert Artists, he now combines international performing and teaching activities with being Artist-in-Residence at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC. For further information, recordings and downloads, please visit his website.