This fall marks the 30th anniversary year of Timothy Albrecht's arrival in Atlanta as Emory University Organist. At Emory, he heads the graduate organ degree programs, teaching as Professor of Music in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and as Professor of Church Music in the Candler School of Theology.
Ambidextrous and possessing perfect pitch, Timothy Albrecht spent his childhood in Los Angeles and Wisconsin, learning piano from East-European Eugenia Prekosh. Elected to Phi Beta Kappa while on scholarship at Oberlin College and Oberlin Conservatory, he studied organ with Haskell Thomson. At the Eastman School of Music, under the tutelage of David Craighead, he won the Performer’s Certificate and earned his doctorate. Shortly after graduation, he represented the United States at the Sixth International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition in Leipzig. He has spent two sabbaticals at Cambridge University in England, which has conferred on him Life Membership.
Organ recitals span Alaska to the Andes, Chicago to China. The American Organist hails his “creative, fertile imagination … energized, electric performances...Lisztian virtuosity.” The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung cites Timothy Albrecht’s “ever-present artistry and virtuosity.” Nobel Peace Prize Winner Desmond Tutu once wrote him about an upcoming performance, “I am so looking forward to that… knowing you will play as if your life depended on it!” “Unforgettable … inimitable," (Darmstädter Beiträge zur neuen Musik). The New York American Organist states he “plays with a facility and fluency that we all strive for...a sheer pleasure…a delightful musician.”
2012-2013 recital appearances include North and South Carolina, Savannah and Vienna. This season marks the third year in his four-year performing project in Atlanta (harpsichord) and Innsbruck(piano) featuring both volumes (96 pieces) of the entire Bach Well-Tempered Clavier I and II.
Timothy Albrecht gives workshops around the country for many chapters of the American Guild of Organists and has taught a master class at the Juilliard School. His discography, which includes nine solo compact discs, will grow this December when he records a final fourth CD (Grace Notes – Fore!), completing a two-decade recording project of his twelve volumes of published organ compositions.