Calvin Bowman’s especial love of the music of J.S. Bach has led to his performances of the complete Bach organ works three times in public; firstly in 1995, then in 2009 for the Melbourne International Festival where he performed them in a single seventeen-hour sitting, and another single sitting last month in Launceston for MONA FOMA.
As keyboardist, he has premièred works by Philip Glass, Peter Sculthorpe, Ross Edwards, Richard Mills, Graeme Koehne, Andrew Schultz and others, and appeared as soloist with many of the major Australian orchestras. Dr Bowman’s major awards include an Australia Council Fellowship. Commissions for 2017 included works for the Flinders Quartet, Tinalley Quartet, Greta Bradman, Stefanie Farrands, and a major song cycle for the 2017 Adelaide Festival.