James Tibbles is one of New Zealand’s leading players of historic keyboards (harpsichord, clavichord, fortepiano and organ), and a key figure in New Zealand’s Early Music scene. James has an active performing career, both in this country and overseas. James is Head of the Early Music Department in the School of Music, Artistic Director of Age of Discovery, and a member of the baroque chamber ensemble Extempore.
James holds a B.Mus (Perf) and MMus in Organ and Harpsichord from the University of Auckland. Subsequent to studying in New Zealand he undertook postgraduate study at the Royal Conservatory, the Hague, as well as pursuing studies in historic organ and fortepiano.
Formerly Director of Music at Auckland’s Holy Trinity Cathedral, he is now Organist & Director of Music at St Patrick’s Cathedral, as well as Assistant Music Director of New Zealand Choir. James established the vocal ensemble Voices of Age of Discovery in 2011; the group is rapidly gaining a reputation for its outstanding performances of Renaissance polyphony.
James has an extensive discography, including recordings of English organ music on the 1779 Avery organ in Ponsonby, Auckland, Bach harpsichord works on the University of Auckland’s Zell copy, North German Organ Music, on the Ahrend organ at Melbourne’s Monash University, and the complete F. Couperin organ masses, on the 17th century organ at Rozay-en-Brie, France.
Geelvinck Fortepiano Festival 2017
At Sunday 15 Oct. James Tibbles will perform in the Stadsarchief / City Archive , in the Italian room, a recital on the Kursch square piano ca. 1815, at. 13h. and 15h.
On 19 Oct. 20h., James Tibbles, Fiona Tibbles and Michael Tsalka wil open the Geelvinck Fortepiano Festival 2017 in Museum Cromhouthuis, with ‘Metamorphoses in Vienna’
Geelvinck Fortepiano Festival 2015:
Prof. James Tibbles will take part as panel member at the Symposium on the historically informed performance practice on 20 October.
Together with Michael Tsalka, James Tibbles will perform Sonatas of Carl Ditter von Dittersdorf ‘Ovidius Metamorphosis’ on 16 October
Prof. James Tibbles will kindly be available for master classes on 19 October