Artists & Ensembles
We are proud to introduce to you some of the fine artists and ensembles who have premiered or performed works from our catalog! Click on their names to be directed to their websites where you can learn more about the work they do as professional musicians. We are deeply grateful and proud of each of our performers and look forward to introducing you to many new artists over time!
Robin Walker is an English organist, conductor, pedagogue, and serves currently as the Director of Music Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. We consider Robin to be a founding performer of works from the Firehead catalog. As you scroll through our catalog of organ works or listen to recordings on our SoundCloud page, you’ll notice that he is cited regularly as a performer, conductor or dedicatee. Robin is well known for being a tireless (and fearless) advocate for new works, particularly organ and choral music. Of the many Firehead works Robin has recorded, be sure to hear: Firehead and Chaplinesque, both organ works by one of our founding house composers Frederick Frahm.
Alcée Chriss III is an American organ virtuoso who is currently a doctoral candidate at McGill University in Montréal, Quebec. A graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio (USA), Alcée studied with James David Christie. A versatile performer, he has earned top prizes in International Organ competitions to include the Schweitzer, Taylor, and Quimby competitions as well as the Longwood competition where he played his own transcription of the Symphonic Dances (opus 45, mov. 1) by Sergei Rachmaninoff. On 14 November 2016, Alcée played the world premiere of Frederick Frahm’s Three Pieces after Drawings by Odilon Redon (Sad Ascent, Mephisto, and Strange Flower) at the Temple in Independence, Missouri.
Riccardo Gnudi is an Italian organist, a native of Pisa, and currently working as a parish musician in Göteborg, Sweden. A diplomate of the royal College of Organists, the Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music, he is presently completing a degree in organ performance at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. In 2014, at the Church of St. Stephen the Cavalier in Pisa, Italy, he performed the world premiere of Frederick Frahm’s Salmo 150 per Organo. The music was commissioned for the 100th anniversary of the Tamburini organ which was designed by Marco Enrico Bossi. Riccardo recently presented a lecture recital featuring all 18 Leipzig chorales by J. S. Bach.
David Felberg is an American conductor, violin virtuoso, teacher, concert-master of the Santa Fe Symphony, and a founding director of the celebrated Chatter Ensemble in Albuquerque, New Mexico. A champion of new music, David teaches contemporary music at the University of New Mexico. Under his visionary leadership as Artistic Director of Chatter, the ensemble has presented dozens of worlds premieres of chamber music to enthusiastic crowds. In 2012, Frederick Frahm composed his Septem Verba for David who performed the world premiere of this cycle for violin and organ on Good Friday of the same year.
David Pipe is an organist, educator and choral director working in the north of England. He is currently the Director of the Organists Training Program and Cathedral Organist in the Diocese of Leeds, and Principal Conductor of York Musical Society. He was previously Assistant Director of Music of York Minster. David is a tireless supporter of contemporary music and has long been a friend of the work of Firehead’s composers. He is a prolific and virtuosic recitalist and he has commissioned and premiered two major organ works from Huw Morgan, “Invocation and Dance” (at York Minster) and “Partita Borealis” (at Bergen Cathedral).
The Merbecke Choir is Southwark Cathedral’s voluntary adult chamber ensemble. Set up in 2004 to give boys and girls leaving the Cathedral choirs a place to sing, the Merbecke Choir now attracts young adult singers of high quality from all over London and beyond. Expert in both Renaissance polyphony and contemporary music, they have performed numerous works from the Firehead catalogue and participated in the first Firehead Summer Music Festival. They are expertly led by Emily Elias, a professional singer and teacher as well as a fine choral conductor. The choir is named after the Tudor composer John Merbecke who, at a trial at Southwark Cathedral, was condemned to death as a heretic but had his sentence commuted as he was a “mere musician” and therefore knew no better.
The V. Sue Cleveland High School Concert Choir includes 37 select 9-12 grade students with a minimum of one year of choral experience and must pass an audition to be in the choir. The choir has been working hard to build excellence in the choral arts. Excellence in the choral arts also includes keeping up with their core subject grades and also be a part of extra curricular choral events. They consistently have been receiving superior ratings at Music Performance Assessment Festivals and Out of State competitions. Concert Choir placed in the top three choirs of the State in 2015 through the NMAA competition. The ensemble is conducted by Jadira Flamm, a superb choralist who is widely respected in the Rio Rancho Public School Districts in New Mexico, USA.
Air & Hammers is a duo consisting of international concert organist and pianist Maxine Thévenot and acclaimed British baritone Edmund Connolly. These two distinguished artists, have performed duo concerts together in Albuquerque, Española and Santa Fe, NM, Chestertown, MD, Atlanta, GA and London, UK. Air & Hammers performs song repertoire of all kinds, including new music by recognized and emerging composers. The duo has given US, UK and world premieres of new works by Andrew Ager, Mary Badarak, and Frederick Frahm. In 2015 Air & Hammers released their first CD, Desire in Spring, which includes the premiere recording of Frederick Frahm’s Pastorale. This outstanding recording is now available worldwide from Raven CD.