The American Organist, September 2015

"Michael Ging began the series in fine style on Sunday night, with a flawless recital at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. After a fine opening with the Bach A-minor Prelude and Fugue, music of Reger, Vierne, Langlais, Alain, and Duruflé showed off instrument and player to perfection; Töpfer's Sonata in D Minor was a rare gem."

 

BIOGRAPHY

Internationally recognized organist MICHAEL GING garners critical and audience acclaim for his virtuosic technique, sensitive interpretations, and charismatic stage presence. A review published in The American Organist reads:


“Michael Ging began the series in fine style on Sunday night, with a flawless recital at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. After a fine opening with the Bach A-minor Prelude and Fugue, music of Reger, Vierne, Langlais, Alain, and Duruflé showed off instrument and player to perfection; Töpfer’s Sonata in D Minor was a rare gem.”


Michael’s performance career takes him to major venues in Europe and North America, notably the Orgelkunst Series in Magdeburg Cathedral (Germany) and L’Église de la Madeleine (Paris). His recent domestic recitals were in Dallas, Houston, Excelsior, St. Paul, Worcester, Charleston, Princeton, Austin, Washington, Spartanburg, Atlanta, and Santa Fe. As an orchestral soloist, he performed Barber’s Toccata Festiva (Houston Civic Symphony), Howard Hanson’s Concerto for Organ, Strings, and Percussion (New Hope Festival Orchestra), and J.S. Bach’s concertos for multiple harpsichords (Bach Society Houston). His festival credits include appearances at the 11th International Organ and Early Music Festival (Oaxaca), the Leipzig in Houston Festival, the Houston Early Music Festival, the University of Alabama Piano and Organ Festival, and three solo recitals at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival. 


Michael is a graduate of prestigious academic institutions. He earned the Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Houston where he studied organ with Robert Bates, conducting with Betsy Cook Weber, and wrote his dissertation, “Orchestrations and Transformations: Guilmant, Widor, and the Emergence of Music for Organ and Orchestra in France,” under the guidance of Matthew Dirst. He holds the Master of Music from Rice University, where he studied with Ken Cowan as recipient of the Frederick Royal Gibbons Memorial Scholarship, generously funded by ZZ Top lead singer Billy Gibbons. He is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music where he studied with Jack Mitchener. Additional studies include harpsichord with Matthew Dirst, and improvisation with George Baker and Sigurd Øgaard. 


He has maintained his vocation as a liturgical musician since his appointment as Organist and Choirmaster at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church (Folly Beach, SC) at age fourteen. He currently serves as Director of Music & Parish Organist at All Saints Episcopal Church (Winter Park, FL). He previously served in Catholic, Lutheran, and Episcopal churches in South Carolina, Ohio, and Texas.


Michael co-founded Seven Eight Records, LLC, with composer Ryan Gagnon in 2017. Their holdings include the emerging classical music label Seven Eight Records and Seven Eight Artists, an artist management agency that specializes in the promotion of organists and their performance activities. Their success has led to consulting projects focused on personnel recruitment, training, and retention in church music departments. 


Michael Ging is represented by Seven Eight Artists.

 
 

EVENTS

SOLO RECITAL

June 14, 2021, 7:00 PM
All Saints Church
Winter Park, Florida

SOLO RECITAL

July 4, 2021, 4:00 PM
L'église de la Madeleine
Paris, France

SOLO RECITAL

July 9, 2021, 7:30 PM
Magdeburg Cathedral
Magdeburg, Germany