Erik Wm. Suter plays Masterworks of Reubke and Liszt on the organ of Washington National Cathedral, Washington, D.C.
This artist biography is current as of the release date of this recording in 2001.
Erik Wm. Suter, a native of Chicago, holds degrees in organ performance from Oberlin Conservatory and Yale University, where he studied with Haskell Thomson and Thomas Murray respectively. He has held the positions of Organ Scholar at Trinity Church, Copley Square, and Assistant Organist at the Parish of All Saints, both in Boston; and Assistant Organist and Choirmaster at Trinity Church on the Green in New Haven, Connecticut.
Currently, Mr. Suter is Assistant Organist and Choirmaster at Washington National Cathedral. In addition to his duties at the Cathedral, Mr. Suter maintains an active solo recital schedule and teaches organ at American University. He has performed extensively in the United States and Canada in addition to appearing in Japan, Scandinavia, England and the Iberian Peninsula.
In the spring of 1991, Mr. Suter won first prize in the Conrad Sulzer Young Performer’s Piano Competition in Chicago. He won first prize in the 1993 Chicago American Guild of Organists Young Organist’s Competition. In 1995, he won first prize in the National Undergraduate Organ Competition in Ottumwa, Iowa. In 1996, he won the Gold Medal of the Mayor of Musashino-Tokyo in the International Organ Competition Musashino in Japan. In 1997, Mr. Suter won first prize in the Yale Biennial Organ Competition. Most recently, he was selected as a finalist in the prestigious 2000 AGO National Competition in Organ Playing in Seattle. Mr. Suter has been heard on the nationally syndicated Minnesota Public Radio show “Pipedreams” and is heard as both organ soloist and choral accompanist on a variety of American record labels.
In his free time Erik enjoys reading, sailing and skiing and is an avid hockey player. He lives in Washington, DC, with his wife.
Track 9: Excerpt Fantasia and Fugue on Ad nos, by Liszt
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American Record Guide “The organ works well despite its placement, and the sound engineer for this recording has done such a good job of microphone placement and technical editing that one can hear the organ better in the recording than from any single place in the church. Suter has clearly mastered this awkward instrument. The release is called Romantic Thunder, and there is plenty of that. I was won over, though, by the beautiful phrasing and regsitrations of the second movement of the Liszt. Suter projects the lyrical quality of this music wonderfully and shows off lots of the original Skinner stops .... Suter uses the 64’ reed ... The effect is like a sustained fire from a machine gun ... Liszt might have liked the 64’ reed. When thinking of Liszt, concern over excess is pointless. ... Suter is a gifted man from whom we will hear again and, I hope, often.” - Blakely
The Journal of the Association of Anglican Musician "...certainly Suter does this war-horse (Reubke Sonata on the 94th Psalm) full justice." - November 2001 - Victor Hill
The Living Church “Mr. Suter has an impressive list of achievements, including top place in a number of organ playing competition, so he is equal to the demanding repertoire. So is the organ. ... You are to be overwhelmed, as Berlioz said of the Dies Irae of his Requiem, ‘Crushed by a tremendous emotion.‘“ - December, 2001 - F. Mark Siebert