David Briggs

Concert Organist and Composer


David’s schedule includes more than 60 concerts a year, spanning several continents.  Deeply committed to making organ music vibrant for future generations, he enjoys giving pre-concert lectures designed to make organ music more accessible to audiences. and Europe. With an extensive repertoire spanning five centuries, he is known across the globe for his brilliant organ transcriptions of symphonic music by composers such as Mahler, Schubert, Tchaikovsky, Elgar, Bruckner, Ravel, and Bach. His concerts regularly end with a large-scale improvisation on themes presented by the audience.

Silent Movie Improvisation Concerts
Improvise, v. trans.:  To compose (verse, music, etc.) on the spur of the moment; to utter or perform extempore.
David has an ever-increasing repertoire of silent movies, with the unique Phantom of the Opera (Lon Chaney, 1928) topping the bill at just under 300 performances over the past decade and a half. Other silent movies include King of Kings (Cecil B de Mille, 1928), Hunchback of Notre-Dame (1928), Nosferatu (1921), Sunrise (1929), Metropolis (Fritz Lang) and Jeanne d'Arc (Carl Dreyer, 1929). People often speak of the transfixing experience where the visual image is fused and enhanced with spontaneous improvisation from 2014.

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DJB at Riverside Church NYC