“Exquisite playing….breathtaking.”

(Choir & Organ, London)


“That David Baskeyfield was the clear winner does no disservice to the others; he simply played with more confidence, communication and dash… From the first few notes, Baskeyfields musicianship let the audience relax. He has that kind of unruffled technique an audience likes in a star, and lent palpable architecture to longer works. Registration ally he made both St Jean Baptiste and the tired Notre Dame Basilica organ sound happier than the other contestants did. And his rubato was the most natural of anyone’s; by not over-lingering on details early on in pieces, he won the listener’s indulgence in his grander rhythmic gestures later on.

-Jonathan Ambrosino, Choir and Organ

“This 31-year-old Englishman plays with clarity and rhythmic verve. His dashing red tie and matching socks (the latter apparent in big-screen projections of the pedalboard) were somewhat at odds with his entirely modest way of taking a bow.”

-Montreal Gazette

“The heavy-duty program, played entirely from memory, progressed from Bach through Mozart and Liszt to a substantial representation of the French “symphonic” school of organ music… There was plenty of flair, and impressive command of registration changes, in both the Liszt Prelude and Fugue on B-A-C-H and César Franck’s B minor Choral. Louis Vierne’s Impromptu bubbled along fluently, and it’s hard to imagine a more commanding performance of the Final from the composer’s Sixth Symphony. Baskeyfield’s feet flew flawlessly up and down the pedalboard in one of the trickiest pedal parts in the organ repertory.”

-Dallas Morning News

Fully developed technique, virtuosity in the most difficult passages, perfect coordination between hands and feet, musicality, richness of ideas in the registration scheme. In brief, absolute professionalism… concluded masterfully.

-La Presse, Montreal

“Baskeyfield is setting the world on fire at this point. He’s probably our youngest performer this year… It was so good, by the intermission I went back to my office, and I asked him if he would come back next year.”

-Kilgore News Herald

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