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Candlelight Concert Series featuring Oliver Brett and Dan Hively

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Our featured artists in January are organist Oliver Brett and horn player Dan Hively.

Born in Kent in the UK in 1985, Oliver was educated as a music and academic scholar at Tonbridge School and then as organ scholar of King’s College, Cambridge from where he graduated in 2007 with a degree in music. Since then, he has held positions at Westminster Cathedral, Durham Cathedral and St Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney. He is currently studying for a doctorate in organ performance with David Higgs and a masters in harpsichord performance with William Porter at the Eastman School of Music. He also serves as Director of Music at St Anne’s RC Church and plays the organ for Christ Church’s Schola Cantorum. He is in demand as a choral accompanist and continuo player, regularly collaborating with many of Eastman’s choral ensembles.

In October 2017, Oliver was awarded second prize and the Royal Canadian College of Organists’ Prize at the Canadian International Organ Competition. As a recitalist, Oliver has performed across five continents. Whilst organ scholar of King’s College, Cambridge, he was heard by millions worldwide when he played for the 2006 Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols. He has performed in venues such as the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam; the Royal Albert Hall, London; the Seoul Arts Centre in South Korea; the Esplanade Concert Hall in Singapore; the Istanbul International Music Festival; concerts in Scandinavia and the Baltic States.

Dan Hively is a horn player based out of New York. Focusing mainly on solo and orchestral repertoire, his performance career has taken him all over North America and Europe. Orchestrally, he has performed in some of America’s greatest concert halls, including Alice Tully Hall with internationally renowned soprano, Renee Flemming, and Carnegie Hall. He has attended several summer music festivals as a festival artist, including the Aspen Music Festival, Chautauqua Institute, Banff Music Festival, Aurora Chamber Festival, and Orford Arts Academy. Dan earned his Bachelor of Music at the University of Wisconsin, Madison School of Music while studying with Daniel Grabois, where he gained experience playing with professional orchestras such as the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra and Beloit Janesville Symphony Orchestra. Dan recently made his contemporary music debut playing with the award-winning group, Ensemble Signal. In his free time, Dan enjoys playing basketball, running, and spending time with his loved ones.

Dan is a recent graduate of the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester, where he earned his Master of Music in Horn Performance and Literature under the tutelage of W. Peter Kurau.