This evening has been decades in the making, as Australia's Tony Fenelon fulfills his dream of appearing in concert on the 4/42 Möller. His incomparable artistry and talent combined with the resources of the magnificent "Mighty Mo" will make for one magical evening at Atlanta's Fabulous Fox.
About the Artist
It was inevitable from an early age that music would play a significantly major role in Tony Fenelon’s life. As a child, he showed astounding talent as a pianist.
At the end of his secondary schooling, Tony faced an enviable dilemma. With a talent for music and a passion for electronics, he had to finally decide between the two. So he enrolled in a Science degree at Melbourne University and, not surprisingly, found it almost impossible to keep music in the background!
Much to the consternation of the Science Faculty, he studied part time at the Conservatorium of Music, in what little spare time was available, under famed teacher Mr. Roy Shepherd.
His early successes included winning the Victorian Final of the A.B.C. Concerto and Vocal Competitions, and the Open and Bach sections at the National Eisteddfod in Canberra. In the same year, he obtained the highest marks ever awarded for his Licentiate Diploma in Performing Piano at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music.
After completing his Bachelor of Science degree at Melbourne University, he commenced full time work as a medical electronics engineer at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, a career that culminated in his appointment as head of the Department of Biomedical Engineering in October 1991. During his employment, his achievements included jointly designing Australia’s first implantable cardiac pacemaker, the design and development of equipment for cardiac arrhythmia mapping, the measurement of neurological visual evoked responses, and the publication of many technical papers worldwide.
Tony Fenelon is also no stranger to the Australian Pops and Australian Philharmonic Orchestras concert audiences, having appeared with the orchestra over many years since its inception. As a solo pianist, Tony has an unusually wide taste in musical repertoire, having performed works with the orchestra ranging from Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff to light classics and pops.
Tony has been regularly featured in the New Year’s Eve and Best of British concert seasons at the Melbourne Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House, Adelaide Festival Theatre and Geelong Art Centres.
Tony’s insatiable interest in lighter music and a love of the majestic sound of the theatre pipe organ led to his “other” career, leading to his appointment in 1965 as the resident organist at Melbourne’s then prestigious Regent Theatre. He held this post until the organ was removed, prior to the closure of the theatre in the early seventies. It seemed that the Regent was doomed and, in spite of many proposals for the development of the site, the theatre lay dark and neglected until its magnificent restoration and the gala reopening on Saturday August 17th, 1996.
With increasing overseas and local requests for Tony’s performances, he reached the milestone decision in June 1998 to relinquish his biomedical career in favour of a full time involvement with music. Now an internationally acclaimed artist, Tony has completed over twenty major concert tours overseas, performing on piano and pipe organ. Since 1995, Tony’s association with the Roland group of companies has seen him performing concerts throughout Australia, the United States, Japan, the United Kingdom, Canada, Hong Kong and Taiwan on Roland’s extensive range of contemporary keyboard instruments. He has been invited 3 times to represent Australia for an International Music Spectacular at the Karen and Richard Carpenter Auditorium at Anaheim, USA.
In 1999, Tony returned to his old stamping ground to be featured in the Inaugural Concert of the Regent Theatre’s new Wurlitzer Pipe Organ. This concert was an overwhelming success, drawing an unprecedented record attendance since the civic reopening of the Regent. In February 2002, by popular demand, Tony was invited back to do a repeat concert with American organist Jonas Nordwall, and in February 2003, Tony was again featured in his own solo concert at the Regent Theatre.
Tony has to his credit 22 recordings and 4 Gold records.
In his concerts, Tony strives to provide a tasteful balance between popular tunes and light classics and includes music from the films, stage shows, jazz, and great standards. As the piano has always been his first love, his extensive repertoire of piano classics now forms an increasingly large proportion of his concerts, a feature widely appreciated by his audiences and captured in his recently recorded CD “Collections”.
Since 1986, Tony and his wife Noella have been able to enjoy the more exotic fruits of music as Tony entertains guests on board luxury cruise ships at some of the world’s most exciting locations. Their travels have taken them from Alaska to French Polynesia, Norway, the British Isles, Bali and the South Pacific, Italy, Spain and Africa, with Tony as a featured artist on piano and orchestral keyboards.
Tony was awarded the distinction of “Organist of the Year 2002″ by the American Theatre Organ Society, and in 2003 was awarded the distinction of the Medal of the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for his service to music.
A man with an insatiable appetite for music, Tony’s dedication and energy are the drive behind his constant quest for new ideas and musical horizons.
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The Atlanta Chapter of the American Theatre Organ Society is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to the preservation, restoration, and promotion of the theatre pipe organ throughout the Southeast. Learn more at our website.