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Dr Calvin Bowman Director of Music

Calvin's Story

Dr Calvin Bowman studied organ with John O’Donnell, and piano with Donald Thornton at the University of Melbourne. He undertook further studies at Yale University with the assistance of a Fulbright scholarship, and was awarded the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in 2005.

He has presented three performances of the complete Bach organ works in public; in 1995, in 2009 for the Melbourne International Festival, and in 2022 for MONA FOMA.

In 2001, he re-opened the Melbourne Town Hall Grand Organ by presenting the world premiere performance of Voices by Philip Glass in the composer’s presence.

Dr Bowman’s most popular song, Now Touch the Air Softly, was recorded by Emma Matthews with the Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra for Deutsche Grammophon/ABC Classics. Recent performances of his songs have taken place at the Musikverein and the Elbphilharmonie.

Dr Bowman is an exclusive Decca/UMA artist. His debut discs of artsong entitled Real and Right and True were released in 2018.

He is currently Director of Music at St Andrew’s, Brighton.

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