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Victoria International Organ Festival
2012


Festival International d'Orgue de Victoria
2012

Isabelle Demers

Isabelle Demers

Isabelle Demers is rapidly becoming recognized as one of North America's most virtuosic organists. Her concert at the 2010 national convention of the American Guild of Organists, in Washington, D.C., was received with great acclaim not only by critics, who deemed it "one of the most outstanding events of the convention" (The American Organist), but also by the standing-room-only audience, which called her back five times.

She began piano study at age six and at age 11 began piano and organ study at the Montréal Conservatory of Music. After graduation in 2003 she studied on scholarship for a year in Paris at the École Normale de Paris-Alfred Cortot. She received her Master's and Doctoral degrees from The Juilliard School in New York City, where she studied with Paul Jacobs. Her dissertation - an analysis of Bach's St. John Passion - was awarded the Richard French Prize for best dissertation at commencement.

Isabelle Demers was a featured performer at the 2008 national convention of the American Guild of Organists, in Minneapolis, and her performance was later broadcast to a national radio audience.

She was also a featured artist at the 2009 national convention of the Royal Canadian College of Organists, in Toronto. She has been a prize-winner and finalist in several international performance competitions in the United States, Canada, and Europe, and performs widely in the United States and Canada. Her recent debut recording on the British label Acis was met with critical acclaim. Her second disc, which features the organ works of Rachel Laurin, was released in June 2011. Currently in production is a recording of Max's Reger seven Chorale Fantasies, funded by a grant from the Theodore Presser Foundation.