Zimbelstern Posted March 7, 2018 Share Posted March 7, 2018 I notice that many organists these days are describing themselves as “International Concert Organists”. What exactly are the requirements for describing oneself in this way (apart from not being professionally attached to a particular church or other institution)? “Organist” I get, but “international”? Does this require simulaneous citizenship of several countries, or is it simply enough to have played once in a foreign country? As far as “concert” is concerned, I was under the impression that most organists give “recitals” most of the time, unlike pianists who often give piano recitals, but also sometimes take part in “concerts”. either as soloist with an orchestra or as an instrumentalist playing as part of a larger group of musicians. Is the organ world getting caught up in the mania to give oneself overblown titles, lacking any sort of agreed criteria? Even most conductors are described in concert details as “conductor”. I don’t recall ever seeing “International Concert Conductor”. If a first-rate organist is well-known in the rather close-knit organ world, surely their name followed by either their institution or city or country of work or residence is sufficient (e.g. J.S. Bach, Leipzig) - if they are not, surely “International Concert Organist” is unjustified. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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