Date: 21.06.16 Tuesday
James D. Hicks is a native of Fredericksburg, Virginia, USA and holds degrees in music from the Peabody Institute of Music, Yale University and the University of Cincinnati. Other studies include instruction at the Royal School of Church Music in England. He is an Associate of the American Guild of Organists. Hicks had held liturgical positions throughout the eastern United States and recently retired from a twenty-six year tenure at The Presbyterian Church in Morristown, New Jersey, the community in which he still resides.
Hicks has appeared as an organ recitalist throughout the United States, Australia and Europe. He most recently performed for Swedish National Radio in March 2012, a broadcast that included world premieres of several modern works from that country. He has recorded two cds of organ music on the American Pro Organo label. The first, 2003’s “American Classic”, highlights the rebuilt Austin organ at The Presbyterian Church in Morristown, New Jersey, and contains many recorded premieres of twentieth and twenty-first century American works, including two original compositions.
Hicks traveled to Sweden in 2010 to record a double cd of Nordic works at the historic Setterquist organ at Linköping Cathedral. This collection includes many unusual works from Nordic lands and a commissioned composition, “Variations”, by then Swedish cathedral organist Fredrik Sixten. Hicks is currently working in three separate cds of Nordic music to be recorded at the following Swedish venues in August 2013: St. Johannes’ Church, Malmö, Skara Cathedral and Västerås Cathedral. These discs will include four commissioned works and the first modern recorded performances of many unpublished, hitherto unknown, compositions from the romantic and modern periods.
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