David Enlow, Organist

“strong and compelling … arresting … outstanding." —The American Organist

About

David Enlow, hailed for his "enormous virtuosity" (Stuttgarter Zeitung), "arresting performances" (The American Organist), and his "gutsy, yet sensitive" playing (Organ Canada), is a concert organist and church musician who has performed across the United States, in Canada, and across England & Europe. Mr. Enlow’s recent recording of the complete major organ works of César Franck on the Pro Organo label, Pater Seraphicus, has been well reviewed, notably in the French language press.

Mr. Enlow is Organist and Choir Master of the Church of the Resurrection in New York, where he directs a professional choir. His choir at the Church of the Resurrection performs over fifty mass settings each season, often with orchestra. He is a member of the organ faculty of The Juilliard School, responsible for the service playing component of the curriculum, and also Dean of the New York City Chapter, American Guild of Organists. Mr. Enlow is a member of the Guild’s National Committee on Professional Certification, serving as an examiner of organists nationwide. Active in early music, David Enlow is the Organist of the Clarion Orchestra and Repetiteur of the Clarion Choir.

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Mr. Enlow holds both a bachelor’s and a master's degree from The Juilliard School where he studied with Paul Jacobs and John Weaver. He also studied at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, and with John Tuttle in Toronto.

David is a Fellow of the American Guild of Organists, winner of the S. Lewis Elmer & Fellowship prizes, and an Associate of the Royal Canadian College of Organists, winner of the Barker Prize. He has also won several national performance competition first prizes including those of the Arthur Poister Competition and the Albert Schweitzer Organ Festival USA.

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The Canadian organist literally pulled out all the stops, including [the zimbelstern], in Henri Mulet's Carillon-Sortie, a performer's delight which attested to Mr. Enlow's enormous virtuosity. Virtuosity marked the program from the outset in Bach's Toccata and Fugue in F major. Enlow shaped the monumental Toccata into a multi-hued showpiece complete with lively pedal-work which contrasted with the gravitas of the fugue.— Stuttgarter Zeitung,

Watch & Listen

"Commanding" - The New Yorker
"immense virtuosity" —Stuttgarter Zeitung
"sensitive ... dramatic ... masterful" —The AAM Journal
"crisp ... superb ... gutsy" —Organ Canada

Enlow’s performance style is often improvisatory, capturing in a unique way the manner in which Franck himself may have performed. Enlow demonstrates a keen sensitivity to line and phrase, employing copious amounts of rhythmic nuance, … highlighting or underlining phrase structures.” James Hildreth, The American Organist

Calendar

2014-15 Season

Sunday, February 8 2015, 3 pm
Organ Recital - Great Spaces Music & Arts Series
Grace Cathedral, Topeka, Kansas

Saturday, May 16 2015
Workshop for Hudson Valley AGO, 10:30 am
Organ Recital - Reformed Church of Poughkeepsie, 2:30 pm

Tuesday, May 19 2015, 8 pm
Organ Recital - Thomas N. Rae Memorial Recital Series
Church of the Resurrection, New York

Friday, July 31 2015, 7 pm
Internationaler Orgelsommer Recital
Stiftskirche, Stuttgart, Germany

Thursday, August 6 2015, 8:30 pm
Organ Recital
Pfarrkirche, Igls, Austria

Saturday, August 8 2015, 8:30 pm
Organ Recital - Pfarrkirche St. Erasmus
Steinach-am-Brenner, Austria

Sunday, August 9 2015, 8 pm
Organ Recital
Pfarrkirche, Söll, Austria 

Monday, August 10 2015, 8 pm
Organ Recital
Stadtpfarrkirche, Schwaz, Austria

Friday, August 14 2015, 12:30 pm
Organ Recital - Heiliggeistkirche
Bern, Switzerland

Sunday, August 16 2015, 5 pm
Organ Recital
Église St-Michel, Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, France

Tuesday, August 18 2015, 12 noon
Organ Recital,
Salzburger Dom, Salzburg

Past Events: 2013-2014 Season >

Even more striking than his technical brilliance are the Canadian's imaginative and rapid registration changes, which make him an artist of interest. The whirring dance of Louis Vierne's “Naïades,” glimmering from within the closed Swell box, played a delightful contrast to Mozart's Fantasie in f minor. — Stuttgarter Zeitung, August 2012

Press

Review of Pater Seraphicus
from The American Organist, October 2013 by James Hildreth

“Enlow’s performance style is often improvisatory, capturing in a unique way the manner in which Franck himself may have performed. Enlow demonstrates a keen sensitivity to line and phrase, employing copious amounts of rhythmic nuance, … highlighting or underlining phrase structures.”

“While Enlow plays with a sense of freedom, his tempos are strong and compelling, whether expansive, lingering, poetic, or energetic, driving, agitato. The loving tenderness he imparts to the central melodies of the Choral in A Minor and Grand Pièce Symphonique, or the impetuous drive of the “storm” section of the Pastorale or the main theme of the Choral in A Minor are but a few of the myriad examples of Enlow’s arresting performances.”

“Enlow has successfully and brilliantly achieved his goals here. One can easily find excellent recordings of the Franck works … However, this remains an outstanding choice among the plethora of recordings of Franck’s organ music.”

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from l’Orgue Francophone (Journal of Federation Francophone des Amis de l’Orgue)

Pater Seraphicus, the major organ works of Franck by David Enlow at the organ of St Mary the Virgin, Times Square, New York City. [Pro Organo CD 7247 ; 3 CD] At first hearing, the entry of the reeds is surprising, or even confusing, as their character is very different to that which our ears are accustomed to. We must over-ride that, and put aside our Franck-ist and Symphonic atavism. David Enlow truly has much to say in the works of Franck, which he has perfectly comprehended and which he renders with personal expression while remaining faithful to the spirit of Franck. This approach is well suited to American organs, especially the Church of St Mary the Virgin in New York (Aeolian-Skinner Op. 891, 1932, revised and augmented from 1988-2002 by Mann & Trupiano) is a gem.

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from l'Orgue, Décembre 2012
by Georges Cattin, Translation: Monique Dori

…the interpreter of this Franck set is David Enlow, graduate of the best American schools. He is a pure example of what the U.S. can offer, for an organist, at its best: perfect technique, inventive, flexible, vigorous musicality, free of conventions of registration that often make Franck's music so boring on the Old Continent.

In short, we have here all the ingredients of a lively rendering neither too fast nor too powerful, with magnificent reed colors, a sense of phrasing of extraordinary good taste and a subtle and effective rubato. Compared with the two very beautiful sets of Franck works mentioned above, we are here in a state of total surprise at a happy encounter with a joyfully revitalized <<Pater Seraphicus>>.

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from Mixtures, la Fédération Québécoise des Amis de l'Orgue, Nov 2012
by Robert Poliquin

"Without a doubt, the artist has a flawless technique. His reading of the different works is remarkable, and is reflected in his playing."

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from l'Orgue, Décembre 2012
by Georges Cattin, Translation: Monique Dori

…the interpreter of this Franck set is David Enlow, graduate of the best American schools. He is a pure example of what the U.S. can offer, for an organist, at its best: perfect technique, inventive, flexible, vigorous musicality, free of conventions of registration that often make Franck's music so boring on the Old Continent.

In short, we have here all the ingredients of a lively rendering neither too fast nor too powerful, with magnificent reed colors, a sense of phrasing of extraordinary good taste and a subtle and effective rubato. Compared with the two very beautiful sets of Franck works mentioned above, we are here in a state of total surprise at a happy encounter with a joyfully revitalized <<Pater Seraphicus>>.

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Pater Seraphicus: David Enlow plays César Franck
from the Journal (AAM) November 2012 by Jonathan Dimmock

Frederick Hohman has done a masterful job in producing this triple-disc set of the complete works of Franck performed on one of the most famous organs in America, and one of the best acoustics in the land. The massive Aeolian-Skinner of “Smokey Mary’s” is in pristine form on these discs, and Canadian-born David Enlow shows it off to its full extent. In both the video, which closes disc three, and in the opening paragraph of the CD booklet, Enlow makes clear that his approach is intended as a melding of historical performance practice (i.e. careful duplication of the sound which the composer requests through his choice of stops) and a modern approach which looks at what the music itself is attempting to express; when coupled with an organ having the tremendous resources of St. Mary the Virgin, it seems only natural to allow these two paradigms to meld into a single whole. Enlow’s playing is sensitive, is dramatic in its effect on the listener, and the full capability of Aeolian-Skinner is heard here. His conviction about this music, its importance for the modern ear, its serenity, and its transformative power is present in every piece. This is a masterful recording, abounding in heart.

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A review of Pater Seraphicus
from The Juilliard Journal, 2012by Bruce Hodges

Its dense, radiant spectrum of timbres shows Enlow’s masterful command of the Aeolian-Skinner instrument’s enormous range ... Throughout, the combination of Enlow’s mastery and the church’s resonance should make Franck admirers very happy. ... the introspection and sensitivity [Enlow] seeks are evident in every bar.

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from Organ Canada, September 2012
by Barbara M. Reul

[of Mozart’s Fantasy in F K. 608] Crisp playing, excellent articulation and tempo choices that worked perfectly for the venue, set his interpretation apart. … The second half began with Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in F Major (BWV 540). Enlow’s clean registrations, superb tempos and clever distribution of musical materials onto different manuals made me wish that Bach himself could have been there to enjoy it. The same goes for Franck’s famous Pièce Héroïque which featured a gutsy, yet sensitive and always historically respectful performance by Enlow. From an audience perspective, however, it was his ‘Improvised Suite’ on anonymously submitted themes that was perhaps the most fun to listen to. Enlow highlighted the strengths of the instrument in a meditative Finnish folk song during the ‘Prelude’ section and tackled Gustav Holst’s melodious tune ‘Thaxted’ in the splendid ‘Cantabile’ movement. My favourite part was the clever finale, a double fugue that combined ‘O Canada’ and ‘God save the Queen’. This was a real treat, especially the rousing end which managed, at least for a few seconds, to transform the sanctuary into an Olympic stadium with the audience cheering for the medal contender.

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Review of an RCCO Convention Solo Recital
from Organ Canada, September 2014 by Gilles Leclerc

“Sometimes things are lost in any transcription from one medium to another. Other times such undertakings are so well done, … that one can rediscover a work’s sheer beauty. Enlow’s transcription of this [Holberg] Suite was just such a delight, and most striking about his performance were the innumerable shadings he displayed with his most effective registrations.”

“David Enlow’s minute attention to nuances, shaping of phrases, tempos, and overall forward motion, not to mention the perfect registrations, made this the most poetic rendering of [Franck’s Grande Pièce Symphonique] I ever heard.”

“David Enlow understands the music he performs, respects its narrative but manages to delve further into the score with his incredible sense of expressiveness and sense of musical form.”

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David Enlow in recital, at Orgelsommer festival in the Collegiate Church – Translation: Ethan Fran
from Stuttgarter Zeitung, August 2012 by Markus Dippold

Give an audience an impressive finale, and their roaring approval is guaranteed. This assertion was proven by David Enlow at the Collegiate Church. The Canadian organist literally pulled out all the stops, including [the zimbelstern], in Henri Mulet's Carillon-Sortie, a performer's delight which attested to Mr. Enlow's enormous virtuosity. Virtuosity marked the program from the outset in Bach's Toccata and Fugue in F major. Enlow shaped the monumental Toccata into a multi-hued showpiece complete with lively pedal-work which contrasted with the gravitas of the fugue (...).

Even more striking than his technical brilliance are the Canadian's imaginative and rapid registration changes, which make him an artist of interest. The whirring dance of Louis Vierne's “Naïades,” glimmering from within the closed Swell box, played a delightful contrast to Mozart's Fantasie in f minor. This play of alternating styles and sound effects is a major element of Enlow's interpretations. This applies on the one hand to the dramaturgy of his programming, which alternates symphonic-romantic pieces with simpler compositions. On the other hand it also applies to each separate work, within which Enlow searches out the most varied colorations possible, exploiting the full resources of the Collegiate Church organ. Such is his treatment of the Mozart Fantasie, particularly of its dynamic effects, in which he transfers the principles of Mozart's symphonic orchestrations onto this organ work.

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from The New York Times, 2011
by James Oestreich

“[Mozart’s Fantasy K. 608] makes for a couple of cramped handfuls in live performance; Mr. Enlow managed handsomely.”

From an audience perspective, however, it was his ‘Improvised Suite’ on anonymously submitted themes that was perhaps the most fun to listen to. Enlow highlighted the strengths of the instrument in a meditative Finnish folk song during the ‘Prelude’ section and tackled Gustav Holst’s melodious tune ‘Thaxted’ in the splendid ‘Cantabile’ movement. My favourite part was the clever finale, a double fugue that combined ‘O Canada’ and ‘God save the Queen’. This was a real treat, especially the rousing end which managed, at least for a few seconds, to transform the sanctuary into an Olympic stadium with the audience cheering for the medal contender. —Organ Canada, September 2012

Gallery

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Franck CD

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David Enlow plays César Franck
PATER SERAPHICUS A THREE-DISC SET
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…the interpreter of this Franck set is David Enlow, graduate of the best American schools. He is a pure example of what the U.S. can offer. . . perfect technique, inventive, flexible, vigorous musicality, free of conventions of registration that often make Franck's music so boring on the Old Continent. — l'Orgue, Décembre 2012

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