Randall Svane, Organist and Choir Director
Randall Svane's distinguished music has captured the hearts and minds of audiences across the United States and Europe. The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, the Moravian Philharmonic, the Borromeo String Quartet, the Orchestra da Camera Fiorentina, the Munich Chamber Choir, and the Leipzig Vocal Ensemble are just a few of those who have performed Svane's works to critical and public acclaim. In addition, his choral and organ music has received performances in leading cathedrals, including Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue, Trinity Wall Street, Gloucester Cathedral, Bristol Cathedral, Chester Cathedral, Saint Thomas Church Leipzig, and the Salzburg Dom.
Svane's achievements have been recognized through grants, prizes, and awards from ASCAP, Meet the Composer, the American Music Center, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the Astral Foundation, and the Jerome Foundation. In 2014, Svane won First Prize in the Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue Composition Competition, an international competition that received entries from across the US, Europe, and Australia. His extensive catalogue includes orchestral, chamber, operatic, and choral works. Mr. Svane's music is published in the U.K. by Encore Publications and in the U.S. by E.C. Schirmer and Paraclete Press.
In a recent review in The Strad, critic Dennis Rooney had this to say about Svane's second string quartet: "A short Presto with pizzicato effects led to a slow finale that contained a fugal episode but was tinged throughout with the profound sadness of Shostakovich and the Richard Strauss of Metamorphosen. Svane knows how to entice the ear and to sustain interest."