Montreal - Canada
Born in Preston, England, PHILIP CROZIER began learning the piano at six, and was a treble chorister in both Blackburn and Carlisle Cathedral choirs, singing daily choral services. His interest in the organ started very early and he began organ study at the age of sixteen, gaining the ARCO diploma whilst still at school, followed by the LRAM diploma in organ performance within two years. In 1979 he graduated from Cardiff University where he was awarded the Glynne Jones Prize for Organ in 1978 and 1979 and pursued further studies in Paris with the great blind French organist André Marchal in whose memory he performed the complete organ works of César Franck in 1981.
Philip Crozier has given solo recitals extensively in Europe and North America including the complete organ works of Jehan Alain in 1990 (and again in 2011 in thirteen concerts in Europe) and the Canadian première of Petr Eben's Hommage à Henry Purcell in 1995 at the request of the composer. In 1984 he moved to Canada and married Sylvie Poirier (1948-2013), an organist and painter, with whom he formed an organ duo team in 1990, becoming known internationally through their concert career and commissioning of organ duets by composers from Canada and abroad and the release of recordings which include CDs of solo organ works by Petr Eben.
In 1986 Philip Crozier was appointed Director of Music at St. James United Church, Montreal. He is the accompanist to the Stewart Hall Singers and the Concordia University Chorus and is in regular demand as accompanist to various choral and instrumental groups.