David Baskeyfield is a doctoral student at the Eastman School of
Music. He read Law at St John's College, Oxford, and held the
college's organ scholarship. Following a year as organ scholar at both
of the Anglican cathedrals in Dublin, he began a Master's degree at
Eastman, where he now continues in the studio of Prof. David Higgs and
studies improvisation with Prof. William Porter.
He has participated in masterclasses given by Marie-Claire Alain,
Eduardo Bellotti, Stephen Bicknell, Michel Bouvard, Kevin Bowyer,
David Briggs, Mel Butler, Bine Katrine Bryndorff, Hans Davidsson,
Marie-Bernadette Dufourcet-Hakim, David Goode, Naji Hakim, David
Higgs, Matthew Halls, Nicolas Kynaston, Jon Laukvik, Ludger Lohmann,
Jacques van Oortmerssen, Anne Page, James Parsons, William Porter,
Joel Speerstra, Thomas Trotter and Harald Vogel.
In February 2010 he won first prize and audience prize at the Miami
International Organ Competition. He was also awarded first prize and
audience prize in the 2010 AGO National Competition in Organ
Improvisation, held at the National Convention in Washington DC. He
has been broadcast multiple times on American Public Media's
Pipedreams, playing both legitimate and theater organ music.
In Rochester he continues to be active as a solo performer,
accompanist, continuo player and occasional cocktail pianist. He also
enjoys frequent access to the large Wurlitzer organ in the Auditorium
Theatre downtown, and has recently gone some way to legitimising this
private indulgence in being elected to serve as a director on the
Board of the Rochester Theatre Organ Society. He cooks, keeps Malawi
cichlids and enjoys heavy red wine.