Dr John Wells

As the first New Zealand musician to live primarily as a free-lance professional organist, Wells has won over audiences throughout the country and abroad with the skill of his playing, the variety of his programmes and the engaging way he relates to his audiences.

English-born John Wells is a graduate of Cambridge University where he was organ scholar at King’s College Chapel under David Willcocks. He received his organ performance doctorate with high distinction from Indiana University after studies with Dr Oswald Ragatz. He is well-known as a concert performer, composer, recording artist and teacher. Tours have taken him to Australia, England, Poland, Germany, France and North America.

Dr Wells is Organist to the University of Auckland, Visiting Artist-Tutor at the School of Music and Organist for Musica Sacra; he is also Auckland City Organist and played a key role in the campaign to rebuild the Town Hall organ. He is a past-President of the New Zealand Association of Organists, which elected him an honorary Fellow in 2002 for his services to organ music in New Zealand, and National Director of the Australian & New Zealand College of Organists.

He has made a number of CDs including the very first New Zealand organ CD in 1989, and has recorded the entire Well-Tempered Clavier of Bach on the organ.  Recent discs are JOHN WELLS: AUCKLAND CITY ORGANIST (Atoll ACD641) and THE WELL-TEMPERED PIANO.

He is much in demand as a composer (with three current commissions in progress) and also tours to the Far East regularly as a music examiner.


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