Born in 1991 in New York, John Walthausen began his musical studies with the piano at the age of eleven and discovered the organ several years later. In 2008, he entered Oberlin Conservatory, where he studied the organ with James David Christie and the harpsichord with Webb Wiggins.
In 2011, he gained admission to the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris, where he studied the organ with Olivier Latry and Michel Bouvard, earning a Master’s with highest honors in 2013. In 2015, he earned a Master’s in historical performance from the Schola Cantorum of Basel, where he studied the organ with Lorenzo Ghielmi and the harpsichord with Jörg-Andreas Bötticher.
In 2012, he won first prize at the Pierre de Manchicourt International Organ Competition in Béthune, France, and in 2009 he was awarded first prize in the American Guild of Organists’ Regional Competition for Young Organists.
He has given recitals across the United States, Europe, and Japan. He has been welcomed by many festivals, including Paris-des-Orgues, Festival de la Chaise Dieu, Innsbruck Internationale Meisterorganisten, Toulouse les Orgues... In 2015, He was named 17th resident organist of Sapporo Concert Hall.
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