Biography of Kynaston Nicolas:
Nicolas Kynaston enjoys a concert career that takes him all over the world for solo recitals, recordings, concerto performances and master classes. His numerous recordings, many of which have been selected as "Critic’s Choice", reflect his wide ranging repertoire. He has won both the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik and the coveted Deutscher Schallplattenpreis. Born in Devon, Nicolas Kynaston went to Italy when he was 15 to study with Fernando Germani. Returning to England to continue his studies with Ralph Downes, he was appointed Organist of Westminster Cathedral at the age of 19, soon afterwards giving the first of many recitals at London's Royal Festival Hall. By the time he left the Cathedral in 1971 he had already recorded for Phillips, HMV and Decca, and had made for CFP the recording which was to win him an EMI award for sales in excess of 100,000 in twelve months. This recording has continued to be a best seller for the past 25 years and has now been reissued in a new double CD compilation including a Bach recording that, when first issued, was voted the MTA "Best Solo Instrumental Record of the Year." Other CDs, include a recording of the Saint-Saëns Organ Symphony and Cypres et Lauriers with the Philharmonia Orchestra ("Fabulous..........you can’t get better than this." Hi Fi News and Record Review). Nicolas Kynaston has visited the USA regularly for many years and has played in Germany every year since 1966, at all the major venues. Recent engagements have taken him to Italy, the West Indies and Germany. In Summer 2000 he was a featured Artist at the National Convention of the American Guild of Organists. Nicolas Kynaston's first visit to Greece was for the 1965 Athens Festival. In 1995 he was appointed Organist of the Athens Concert Hall (The Megaron) where he performs regularly during the concert season and where he has collaborated with many renowned Greek artists. He planned the highly successful first and second Athens Organ Festivals which took place in Autumn 1997 and 1999. Nicolas Kynaston is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Organists and a past president of the Incorporated Association of Organists. He has taught regularly at Cambridge for many years and has started an organ school at the Athens Concert Hall, the first in Athens since ancient times. In recent years he has been consultant for the building of a number of new organs including Bath and Tewkesbury Abbeys on which he played the opening recitals. At present he is consultant for the new organs in Rugby School and in the newly built Georg Friedrich Handel Concert Hall in Halle which he inaugurated in Autumn 2000.