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Todd Fickley is the Organist of National Presbyterian Church and founder of "The Bach Project." He is the long-time protégé of the late Bach expert Dr. J. Reilly Lewis, having served as his Artistic Assistant at both the Washington Bach Consort and the Cathedral Choral Society.
Equally comfortable at the podium, harpsichord, piano, and organ, Mr. Fickley’s career spans over 30 years performing across the United States, Europe, and Israel. He collaborates with a wide variety of ensembles, such as the National Symphony Orchestra, The Washington Ballet, the National Philharmonic, and the Three Notch’d Road baroque ensemble.
A native Washingtonian, he began his organ studies already as an accomplished pianist at the Washington National Cathedral under Bruce Neswick. At the age of 23, Mr. Fickley was made a Fellow of the American Guild of Organists (AGO). He also holds the AGO Choirmaster Diploma as well as the M.A. in Organ Performance with High Distinction from the University of Wales.
A prize-winning organist and specialist in the music of J.S. Bach, Mr. Fickley has been featured numerous times on NPR and PRI. In 2014 he launched “The Bach Project,” a cycle of concerts performing and recording all of Bach’s organ works, the first time in almost a quarter of a century that such a project has been undertaken in the DC area. The first volume on the MSR Classics label was praised in Fanfare Magazine as “some of the most enthralling Bach organ playing you are likely to hear anywhere by anyone.” The Project has taken him to Germany in 2015 and 2018 researching and performing on historic organs.
He is frequently seen as a recitalist, accompanist, and concerto soloist on all three keyboard instruments. He also is in demand as a conductor and lecturer in the Washington DC metro area, and enjoys teaching privately. He is an Officer in the Order of St. John, and a member of the National Society of Washington Family Descendants, and the Sons of the American Revolution.