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for playing the organ with flair, French-American musician
is the Associate Director of Music at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, where he plays Masses each week that are broadcast live on SiriusXM Satellite Radio. He is also the Associate Director of the Cathedral Choir, and he manages the organ recital series. He performs solo recitals in the United States and Europe, and has also appeared as soloist in piano concertos of Mozart and Rachmaninoff, and organ concertos of Poulenc and Jongen.
Mr. Brondel is the Artistic Director of The Salvatones, a new vibrant professional choral ensemble based in New York City. He made his Weill Recital Hall (Carnegie Hall) debut in 2010 as narrator in a performance of Erik Satie’s
Sports et divertissements
. He has also recorded and appeared regularly as countertenor soloist (Schnittke’s
) with Grammy-Award-winner Paul Halley, and has sung with the Gentlemen of the Choir of St. Thomas Church Fifth Avenue. He has performed extensively in oratorios of Bach and Handel, and in opera, notably the lead role of Oberon in Benjamin Britten’s
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
. Praised for a colorful timbre and an exceptionally wide vocal range, he is featured as solo sopranist in
, a CD recording by award-winning Publick Musick. His first solo-organ album,
The Glory of the Organ
, recorded at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in 2010 on the JAV label, is available in the
Cathedral’s Gift Shop
Daniel Brondel’s JAV recording of his improvised
(2010) was featured on
, a national radio program of organ music. It is the first music selection of
Program #1103: “Domestic Issues”
(2011), which focuses on new American organ recordings.
In 2005, Daniel Brondel founded the Cathedral of Saint Patrick Young Singers, the first auditioned youth choir at the Cathedral in over fifty years. The Young Singers performed in the presence of Pope Benedict XVI during his visit to New York City in April 2008. Following a televised prayer service led by the pontiff, Mr. Brondel was heard playing organ works of Bach for several minutes on the worldwide television broadcast. In October 2010, he played the organ at Saint Peter’s Basilica (Vatican) for the Mass that opened the 9th International Festival of Sacred Music and Art.
Prior to his appointment at the Cathedral of Saint Patrick, Mr. Brondel was the Director of Music & Organist at nearby historic St. Malachy’s Church (The Actors’ Chapel), following in the legacy of famed organist/composer Paul Creston. He also served as Director of Music at St. Anne Church, in Rochester, NY, and as University Organist at the University of Rochester.
A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, where he studied organ with David Higgs and improvisation with Gerre Hancock and Rick Erickson, Mr. Brondel holds a Master of Music degree in Organ Performance. At Eastman, he did further doctoral work in organ and musicology, and studied voice with Jane McCoy. Master class teachers included Gillian Weir, Ludger Lohmann, Russell Saunders and Pierre Sancan. Mr. Brondel earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance cum laude from Georgia State University, Atlanta, where he studied piano with Geoffrey Haydon and organ with Sarah Martin. During his entire college career, he was a singer and French-diction coach for the Grammy-Award-winning Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus and Chamber Chorus, directed by Robert Shaw. Recipient of a grant from the Theodore Presser Foundation, several prestigious academic fellowships, and winner of various piano competitions, Daniel Brondel also won the First Prize at the 1996 Arthur Poister Competition and the Second Prize at the 1996 National Young Artist Competition in Organ Playing of the American Guild of Organists in New York City.
A native of southern France, Mr. Brondel has lived in the United States since 1988. He is a member of the American Guild of Organists, of the Conference of Roman Catholic Cathedral Musicians, and was a member of the Board of Directors of Schola Cantorum on Hudson.