Marko Sever - Organ Scholar

Marko Sever began learning the piano at age 2 and by age 11 began playing for church services at his local Catholic parish church of St Raphael’s, Queanbeyan. At age 12, Marko began organ lessons with Philip Swanton and Peter Guy through the ACT Organ School based at Wesley Music Centre.

In April 2009, Marko toured France and England with the Canberra Grammar School Chamber Choir where he played at Notre Dame de Paris, St Eustache Paris, St George’s Chapel Windsor, Eton College Chapel, and finally Westminster Abbey for part of the ANZAC Day Service.

Until 2013 he was Organ Scholar at Wesley Uniting Church in Canberra, where he played for Sunday services on a weekly basis and during which he accompanied the choir, congregation, and soloists (both instrumental and vocal). Marko was awarded the AMusA in 2008, and in October of 2010 was awarded the coveted LMusA with Distinction. He has won the Junior and Intermediate sections of the Sydney Organ Competition on several occasions and intends to compete in the Open Section in 2014. In December of 2010, Marko gave his first full-length concert at the Llewellyn Hall, ANU, where he performed works by various composers such as J.S. Bach, Max Reger and Charles-Marie Widor. In December 2012, Marko gave another recital featuring the entire Orgelbüchlein by J.S. Bach – a collection of 46 chorale preludes for organ. In December of 2013, Marko played for the Nelson Mandela Memorial Service held in Canberra, amongst dignitaries from the diplomatic and political community.

After completing his first year of Music at ANU with Dr. Calvin Bowman in 2012, he moved to the Sydney Conservatorium of Music to continue his performance degree, once again under Philip Swanton.

 

 

Marko hopes to make music his career.