Born in Melbourne, Australia in 1995, Edwin Kwong is the Director of Music and Organist of St Bartholomew’s Anglican Church, Burnley. He is also Melbourne’s most active young organist, having performed in over 75 concerts in the past four years. 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), Jon Laukvik (Norway), Richard Madden (New Zealand), 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 holds a Bachelor of Biomedicine degree from the University of Melbourne, and is currently studying for a Master of Public Health at the same institution.
Edwin is the Media and Promotions Officer for the Australian and New Zealand College of Organists (ANZCO), managing its online and social media presence, as well as liaising with its partners. He 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), as well as being its Administrator, and is a regular performer at many of ANZCO's NextGen young organist concerts.
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 on multiple occasions 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.
He was also one of the two featured performers at the Australasian Launch of ANZCO's educational programme "All Stops Out!" at the Melbourne Town Hall in July 2013. Upcoming engagements this year include a featured concert in Nancy Cathedral, France, as a part of the Orgue! Festival 2018, as well as concerts in Sweden.
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.