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Kimberly Marshall maintains an active career as a concert organist, performing regularly in Europe, the US and Asia. She currently holds the Patricia and Leonard Goldman Endowed Professorship in Organ at Arizona State University and serves as Director of the ASU School of Music. She previously held teaching positions at the Royal Academy of Music, London, and Stanford University, California. Winner of the St. Albans Competition in 1985, she has been invited to play in prestigious venues and has recorded for Radio-France, the BBC, and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

Kimberly Marshall has performed throughout Europe, including concerts in London's Royal Festival Hall and Westminster Cathedral, King's College, Cambridge, Norte-Dame Cathedral, Paris, Chartres and Uppsala Cathedrals, as well as the Dormition Abbey in Jerusalem. She has also performed on many historical organs, such as the Couperin organ at Saint-Gervais, Paris, the Gothic organ in Sion, Switzerland, and the Cahmann organ in Leufstabruk, Sweden. She especially enjoys tailoring programs to the styles of the instruments she plays, as is evident from her recordings of Italian and Spanish music on historical organs. Her playing is informed by research into obscure repertoire and by knowledge of performance practice, although she does not limit herself to early music. While at Stanford and the Royal Academy of Music, she gave performances of organ works by Ligeti in the presence of the composer, and she has been an advocate for music by Margaret Sandresky, Dan Locklair and Ofer Ben-Amots. She is attracted to the organ by its vast possibilities of timbre and by the instrument’s complex development since its invention in the third century BCE. Her work reflects this enthusiasm for musical creativity and historical awareness.

Dr. Marshall’s compact disc recordings feature music of the Italian and Spanish Renaissance, French Classical and Romantic periods, and works by J. S. Bach. She has also released a recording of works for organ by female composers, “Divine Euterpe,” that includes music by Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel, Elfrida Andrée, and Ethyl Smyth. Kimberly Marshall was a recitalist and workshop leader during many National Conventions of the American Guild of Organists (Dallas, 1994; New York, 1996; Denver; 1998; Seattle 2000, Los Angeles 2004). From 1996-2000, she was affiliated with the Organ Research Center in Göteborg, Sweden, where she taught and performed. During the summer of 2001, she appeared in Seoul for the Korean Association of Organists and in Toronto for the Convention of the Royal College of Canadian Organists. Her recording of Chen Yi’s organ concerto with the Singapore Symphony was released in 2003 on the BIS label, and her anthologies of late-medieval and Renaissance organ music were published by Wayne Leupold Editions in 2000 and 2004.

Kimberly Marshall spent the spring of 2005 on sabbatical in Pistoia, Italy, where she researched early Italian organ music and performed on many historical organs, including those in Roskilde Cathedral (Denmark), the St. Laurenskerk, Alkmaar (Netherlands), the Jacobikirche Hamburg, as well as the famous Hildebrandt instrument in Naumburg, Germany, which Bach examined in 1746. During the summer of 2006, she presented concerts and workshops on early music in Sweden and Israel, and she was a featured artist for the 2007 Early English Organ Project in Oxford and the Festival for Historical Organs in Oaxaca, Mexico.
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How Excellent Thy Name Kimberly - Kimberly Marshall - Erik Conzius
How Excellent is Thy Name/Marshall & Conzius
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"This recording honors the Jewish liturgical tradition of cantor with organ-- and a rising star of American cantors. The historic 1901 Murray Harris organ at Stanford University is the perfect instrument for this music, which is concentrated in the latter half of the 19th and early 20th centuries."
Divine Euterpe: Music by Women - Kimberly Marshall
Divine Euterpe: Music by Women/Marshall
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This recording traces the works of female composers from Medieval times through the twentieth century. Played on the Rosales organ of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Portland, Oregon, this program includes some music never before recorded on compact disc. Featured composers include Elfrida Andree, Florence Price, Ethel Smyth, and Fanny Mendelssohn.
Bach and the Italian Influence - Kimberly Marshall
Bach and the Italian Influence/Marshall
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"Bach and the Italian Influence" explores the Italian influences on Bach, and is presented by organ scholar and international performing artist, Kimberly Marshall. The Stanford Fisk is unique in that it incorporates two different tuning temperaments (well-tempered and meantone), both of which are heard on this recording.
Bach and the French Influence - Kimberly Marshall
Bach and the French Influence/Marshall
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Noted organist and scholar, Kimberly Marshall, explores the relationship between French classical composers and Johann Sebastian Bach.  The Stanford Fisk incorporates two different tuning temperaments (well-tempered and meantone), both of which are heard on this recording.
Bach Encounters Buxtehude - Kimberly Marshall
Bach Encounters Buxtehude/Marshall
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Bach Encounters Buxtehude
Kimberly Marshall, organist

In the autumn of 1705, Johann Sebastian Bach traveled to Lübeck to learn what he could from the famous organist, Buxtehude. Accounts suggest that his organ playing changed dramatically. On this CD you can explore the often intangible links between these two composers, bringing together some of their most popular works for the organ.
Sienese Splendor - Kimberly Marshall
Sienese Splendor/Marshall
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The sounds of this sixtennth-century Italian organ establish a tangible link to th emusical culture of the Italian Renaissance.  Located in Siena, the 1519 Piffaro organ has a beautiful, gentle, vocal sound that is ideal for this music.  Organist Kimberly Marshall plays these delightful gems on this, her most popular recording.
Gothic Pipes: The Earliest Organ Music - Kimberly Marshall
Gothic Pipes: The Earliest Organ Music/Marshall
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Prized for its amazing variety of sounds and for its technical complexity, the organ has been used to celebrate powerful rulers and religious institutions since its invention in the third century BC. This CD presents some of the earliest music written for organ, both sacred and secular, played by a leader in the field of early performance practice.  Cappella Romana joins Dr Marshal to sing chant verses in alternatim.

Bach Italian and French Influences set (2 CDs!) - Kimberly Marshall
Bach Influences: Kimberly Marshall two-CD special
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Kimberly Marshall's "Bach and the Italian Influence" plus "Bach and the French Influence" for a special price!

Fantasie through Time - Marshall
A Fantasy Through Time: Five Centuries of Organ Fantasies/Marshall
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Free bonus DVD! This compact disc includes a DVD of Kimberly Marshall playing the tracks from the CD on the Richards-Fowkes organ; also included are interviews with Dr. Marshall about the music, the organ, and the composers.

The new Richards-Fowkes organ in Scottsdale provides a wide variety of tonal resources for this historical exploration of Fantasies for organ on this, its premiere recording. Kimberly Marhsall is internationally known as an organist, and scholar. She currently is the Director of Arizona State University School of Music.
Schlick: The First Printed Organ Music
The First Printed Organ Music / Kimberly Marshall
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2012 marks 500 years since the first printed organ music was published by Arnolt Schlick. Kimberly Marshall brings these early works to life, along with other music of Schlick's time, on the exceptional Paul Fritts organ at Arizona State University.
   
 
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