(organ & choir director)
MD3013 Pachelbel, Buxtehude etc
|Douglas Lawrence completed a Master's Degree in Music at Melbourne University in 1969. He then spent two years in the Concert Class of the Vienna Academy and during that time began a concert career which has taken him throughout most of the western world.
He undertakes a major concert tour of Europe each year and has played at many prestigious venues; among them are St. Mark's Basilica (Venice), St. Paul's Cathedral (London), The Bavo Church (Haarlem), Kaiser-Wilhelm Gedächtnisskirche (Berlin), Stephanskirche (Vienna), and the Cathedral of Sion, location of the world's oldest playable organ.
In 1979 he played the inaugural concerts on the organs of the Sydney Opera House and Melbourne University's Melba Hall, and in 1982 the first solo recital on the organ in the newly opened Melbourne Concert Hall. In Melbourne Douglas Lawrence is Director of Music at The Scots' Church and Teacher of the Organ at the University of Melbourne. He was the Artistic Director of the Melbourne International Festival of Organ and Harpsichord.
Douglas Lawrence has released a number of recordings including The Best of Pachelbel, Buxtehude, A Baroque Collection and Reverberations 1 and 2. They span organ music from the earliest times until the present day, representing works ranging from solo organ to ensembles with didgeridoo and electronic tape, and include new works especially composed for him. These recordings have received outspoken praise from reviewers. Douglas Lawrence has appeared for the ABC as soloist in the Major Subscription Series, Youth Concerts and Contemporary Series, and as a soloist with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra on radio and television. He has an active concern for the promotion of contemporary music of all genres. Douglas Lawrence is much sought after as a judge in organ playing and choral competitions and his opinion is highly regarded in the field of organ design for churches and concert halls. As organist or conductor Douglas Lawrence has given something over 70 first performances. This activity continues unabated with new works scheduled for premiering each year.