Playing his International Touring Organ, Cameron Carpenter combines visual flair with effortless musicality and mesmerizing technical skill.

Cameron Carpenter: Candide Overture

Irvine Barclay Theatre
4242 Campus Drive, Irvine CA | 949.854.4646

Cameron Carpenter, in Concert
Featuring the International Touring Organ

Thursday, February 4, 2016 at 8pm

Tickets: $100, $55, $45
Student Rush, Day of Show: $20

One of the world’s top organists, Cameron Carpenter is “one of the rare musicians who changes the game of his instrument (Los Angeles Times). Combining a flamboyant personality – and fashion sense – with effortless musicality and a mesmerizing technical skill, Cameron is bringing this centuries-old instrument into the future. His “dream machine,” as he calls it, is a first-ever digital touring organ, built to his own design. Whether playing new arrangements of classical works, pop music, or his own compositions, Carpenter is a musical maverick – passionate and madly original.


 “Extravagantly talented… the audience’s response was raucous… everything he touches turns fantastical and memorable…” —THE NEW YORK TIMES

 “Carpenter is one of the rare musicians who changes the game of his instrument… He is a smasher of cultural and classical music taboos. He is technically the most accomplished organist I have ever witnessed… And, most important of all, the most musical.”  —THE LOS ANGELES TIMES

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Cameron Carpenter

Cameron Carpenter is having a ball smashing the stereotypes of organists and organ music, and all the while generating international acclaim and controversy unprecedented in his field. Cameron's repertoire – from the complete works of J. S. Bach to film scores, his original compositions and hundreds of transcriptions and arrangements – is probably the largest and most diverse of any organist. He is the first 'concert organist' in history to prefer the digital organ to the pipe organ, and to champion it as the future of the instrument.

In 2014, Cameron launched his International Touring Organ − a monumental cross-genre digital organ built by Marshall & Ogletree to his own design − in extensive tours in Europe and the U.S. His Sony Music debut album, If You Could Read My Mind, entered Billboard's traditional classical chart at No. 1 on its U.S. release. A former child prodigy, Cameron Carpenter trained at the American Boychoir School, the North Carolina School of the Arts and has two degrees from The Juilliard School. He holds the 2012 Leonard Bernstein Award, is the first solo organist ever nominated for a Grammy Award for a solo album, and has appeared with many of the great orchestras around the world; he has spoken and debated at think tanks and conferences including TED, IdeaCity, The Entertainment Gathering, and many more. For more information, please visit

The International Touring Organ

True to its name, Cameron Carpenter’s International Touring Organ isn’t stationary. Since its debut in 2014, it has become Carpenter’s instrument of choice, quickly eclipsing the pipe organ. “It’s where my heart lies,” he says.

The International Touring Organ is the eighth organ by Marshall & Ogletree, the Needham, Massachusetts organ builders redefining the digital organ as an instrument of artistic significance. Its concept is simple: innovate the relationship between organ and organist. While the uniqueness of each pipe organ is part of its collective magic, this makes it impossible to perform the same music regardless of where the organist plays, as any violinist can do through a relationship of years with a single instrument.

Therefore, Marshall & Ogletree has sampled sounds from many traditional pipe organs, including many of Cameron’s favorite instruments – from the cathedral to the Wurlitzer. These come together in an organ designed not for size, limitless variety, or to model any particular pipe organ, but rather to make a great organ internationally mobile – an idea impractical or impossible by other means. The true scale of its ambitiousness can be seen in its console and extensive touring sound system. These insure the organ’s consistency from venue to venue, both as the home instrument of the artist it was built for and an ultimate acoustical experience for the listener.

“One of the things that is so important about this International Touring Organ, and one of its great trump cards – one of the things that the pipe organ can never provide – is a sense of psychological home,” Carpenter says. “I can call up sounds from the organ that in some sense first made me want to do what I’m doing.”

The entire organ assembles in less than three hours and travels in a single large truck; identical European and American sound systems (housed in Berlin, Germany and Needham, MA) make it internationally mobile. Its sound system is a massive complex of specially sourced sound support and amplification equipment housed in mobile, location-adaptable touring cases. The organ console is assembled manually and hydraulically from only six modular parts, and like the sound system, travels in purpose-built robust touring cases.

A maverick in the traditional world of organ building, Marshall & Ogletree shot to prominence in 2003 with their Opus 1 at Trinity Church near Wall Street in New York City, a landmark organ controversial for having replaced the former Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ damaged by debris on September 11, 2001. Uniquely among organ builders, the firm’s principals are also acclaimed organists – Douglas Marshall, a competition-winning former student of Virgil Fox, and David Ogletree, a Curtis Institute graduate.

Cameron Carpenter appears by arrangement with Columbia Artists Music LLC. Mr. Carpenter records exclusively for Sony Classical.