"Carson Cooman is a nimble, nuanced, and eloquent advocate."
-Choir & Organ
-The American Organist Magazine
"Cooman’s playing, as always, was splendid, featuring excellent finger technique, careful delineation of voice, and inventive choice of stops."
Composer and Concert Organist
Carson Cooman is an American composer and organist. He holds degrees in music from Harvard University and Carnegie Mellon University and since 2006 has held the position of Composer in Residence at the Memorial Church, Harvard University. As an organ recitalist, Cooman specializes in the performance of contemporary music. Over 300 new compositions by more than 100 international composers have been written for him.
Cooman has made many recordings as organist, including more than 10 complete CD releases of music by Thomas Åberg, Paula Diehl, Carlotta Ferrari, Lothar Graap, Eva-Maria Houben, and Andreas Willscher, along with several multi-composer albums. His recordings of more than 3,000 additional contemporary organ compositions can be heard freely from YouTube and his website.
As a composer, Cooman has created a catalog of works in many forms—ranging from solo instrumental pieces to operas, and from orchestral works to hymn tunes. His work has been performed on all six inhabited continents and appears on over forty recordings, including more than twenty-five complete CDs on the Naxos, Albany, Artek, Gothic, Divine Art, Métier, Diversions, Convivium, Altarus, MSR Classics, Raven, and Zimbel labels.
-The New Music Connoisseur
"Cooman’s success as a composer for the organ is due in large part to his innate understanding of the instrument as a performer."
-American Record Guide
"Cooman’s readings of the scores are impeccable in every way."