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Edwin Kwong

Concert Organist.
Image by Shevin D Photo.

Edwin Kwong is Melbourne’s most active young organist, having performed in over 85 concerts in the past five years. He is currently the Organist and Director of Music at St Matthew’s Anglican Church, Cheltenham. He was the Organist and Director of Music at St Bartholomew’s Anglican Church, Burnley from 2014-18. Before completing high school in 2013, Edwin was the Senior Organ Scholar at Haileybury College in both 2012 and 2013; he was also the Inaugural Organ Scholar of Queen’s College, University of Melbourne in 2014.

He maintains an interest in a wide variety of music, and his repertoire spans over 750 years, including both original and transcribed works. He has given the Australian premieres of organ works by Julien Bret (France), Walter Gatti (Italy), Bára Grímsdóttir (Iceland), Naji Hakim (France), Alfrēds Kalniņš (Latvia), Jon Laukvik (Norway), Richard Madden (New Zealand), Nico Muhly (USA), and Henk Temmingh (South Africa). Upcoming plans include the continued introduction of contemporary organ music from around the world (by composers from Iceland, New Zealand, South Africa, and the USA) to his audiences, as well as creating transcriptions for the organ of otherwise under-appreciated instrumental works.

Edwin has been involved in three CD recording projects thus far in his young career: at Haileybury College, Queen’s College, and St Stephen’s Anglican Church, Richmond. His recordings have been broadcast on 3MBS Radio in Melbourne, and also on Radio New Zealand.

Edwin regularly performs on the organs of the chapels, churches, and cathedrals of Melbourne, Australia. He is the most frequent performer in the Melbourne University Series of Organ Concerts (MUSOC), and is a regular performer at many of the NextGen young organist concerts, organised by the Australian and New Zealand College of Organists.

Internationally, Edwin travelled to the United Kingdom in 2013, where he performed in recitals and services at Eton College and St John's College, Cambridge. He has also performed in New Zealand regularly since 2014, at Holy Trinity Cathedral, Auckland, St Paul's Cathedral, Dunedin, the Cathedral of St Paul, Wellington, and most recently at Waiapu Cathedral, Napier. Recent engagements this past year included a featured concert in Nancy Cathedral, France, as a part of the Orgue! Festival 2018, as well as performing in Lund Cathedral, Sweden as a part of the Lördagkonsert series.

Edwin has participated in master classes with renowned organists such as Kevin Bowyer (Organist, University of Glasgow), David Goode (Organist, Eton College), Stefan Kießling (Assistant Organist, Thomaskirche Leipzig), Timothy Noon (Director of Music, Exeter Cathedral), Benjamin Sheen (Associate Organist, St Thomas 5th Avenue, New York), Johann Vexo (Choir Organist, Notre Dame de Paris), and Dr John Wells (former City Organist, Auckland). He is currently a student of the renowned concert organist, Thomas Heywood.