A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Daniel Ficarri is a rising organist and composer based in New York City. He is currently pursuing a Master of Music degree at The Juilliard School, where he studies with organist Paul Jacobs. Ficarri is recognized as a performer of both new music and the standard classical repertoire — The New York Times listed his performance of John Cage’s “Souvenir” under the “Week’s 8 Best Classical Music Moments,” and WQXR broadcast his live all-Bach performance as part of their “Bach Organ Marathon.” He has performed in Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall with the Juilliard Orchestra, and he has given solo performances at New York City’s towering Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine and St. Thomas Episcopal Church. Other engagements have taken him around the country, from concerts with The Florida Orchestra to appearances in the Oregon Bach Festival.
Ficarri is making his mark as an up-and-coming composer for the organ. Last year, his “Exultation” was commissioned by Choir & Organ magazine for the dedication of the pipe organ at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in New York City. He was also a featured composer on Music from the Tower, a radio show broadcast from the Christ Cathedral (Crystal Cathedral). In 2019, Ficarri’s compositions and arrangements will be premiered at The Juilliard School, Queens College, Marble Collegiate Church, and St. Paul the Apostle Church in Los Angeles. Scores and recordings of Ficarri’s music are available through Sheet Music Plus.
An active church musician, Ficarri currently works as Organ Scholar at the Church of St. Paul the Apostle in Manhattan. In 2015, he founded Sacred Sounds at St. Paul’s, a concert series promoting organ music in the Lincoln Center neighborhood and providing performance opportunities to young artists. Previously, he served as Organ Scholar at Hitchcock Presbyterian Church in Scarsdale, NY.