Isabelle Demers

Isabelle Demers at the organ is a force of nature-a "diminutive dynamo" to whom La Presse in Montreal attributed "vehement virtuosity." A native of Québec, she is rapidly becoming recognized as one of North America's most virtuosic organists.

She began piano study at age six and at age 11 began piano and organ study at the Montréal Conservatory of Music. After graduation in 2003 she studied on scholarship for a year in Paris at the École Normale de Paris-Alfred Cortot.

She received her Master's and Doctoral degrees from The Juilliard School in New York City, where she studied with Paul Jacobs. Her dissertation - an analysis of Bach's St. John Passion - was awarded the Richard French Prize for best dissertation at commencement.

Isabelle Demers was a featured performer at the 2008 national convention of the American Guild of Organists, in Minneapolis, and her performance was later broadcast to a national radio audience. She was a featured artist at the 2009 national convention of the Royal Canadian College of Organists, in Toronto, and was a featured artist at the 2010 national convention of the American Guild of Organists, in Washington, D.C. She was also a featured artist at the 2010 joint convention of American Institute of Organbuilders and International Society of Organbuilders held in Montréal.

Her debut recording on British label Acis was met with critical acclaim. Her second disc, which features the organ works of Rachel Laurin, was released in June 2011. Currently in production is a recording of Max Reger's seven Chorale Fantasies, funded by a grant from the Theodore Presser Foundation.