Randall Atcheson is the epitome of a musical Renaissance man. His gift of communicating the beauty of music in various forms has led to a decidedly versatile career as a much-sought-after artist in the classics as well as in pop and the sacred repertoire. This versatility was evidenced early in life when he was recognized as a prodigy on both piano and organ. He entered Samford University at age 12 and later was accepted at The Juilliard School where he became the only student in the history of Juilliard ever allowed to pursue and receive simultaneous degrees in piano and organ performance. He studied piano with Sascha Gorodnitzki and organ with Anthony Newman. Atcheson was the winner of the first Juilliard Organ Competition and subsequently gave the premiere performance on the new pipe organ in Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center. Atcheson made his Carnegie Hall debut in 1991. Following that highly successful event, he was added to the distinguished international roster of Steinway Artists. Atcheson’s recording career began following his New York debut on both piano and organ at Alice Tully Hall. He has recorded a total of 16 albums featuring classical music as well as his unique arrangements of sacred music as featured on “Amazing Grace.” His “Ivory Christmas” and “True Love” albums demonstrate his ability to present familiar songs in a lush, captivating style. He has recorded on the Word, Windham Hill, PolyGram, and RCA labels. His RCA releases include “Christmas by Candlelight” and a double CD “Classic Love Songs.” The double CD release was featured in an extensive national television promotion seen by millions in which Atcheson appears playing various selections from the recording.
Carson Center Myre Series: Randall Atcheson