Short Biography

Dr John Wells 

As the first New Zealand musician to live primarily as a free-lance professional organist, Wells has won over audiences throughout the country and abroad with the skill of his playing, the variety of his programmes and the engaging way he relates to his audiences. 

John Wells is a graduate of Cambridge University where he was organ scholar at King's College Chapel. He received his organ performance doctorate with high distinction from Indiana University after studies with Dr Oswald Ragatz. He is well-known as a concert performer, composer, recording artist and teacher. Tours have taken him to Australia, England, Poland, Germany, France and North America.

Dr Wells is Organist to the University of Auckland, Visiting Artist-Tutor at the School of Music and Patron of the NZ Association of Organists; as Auckland City Organist from 1998 to 2012 he played a key role in the campaign to rebuild the Town Hall organ. He is a past-President of the New Zealand Association of Organists, which elected him an honorary Fellow in 2002 for his services to organ music in New Zealand.   He was invited to be National Director of the NZ branch of the Australian & New Zealand College of Organists in 2012.  

He has made a number of CDs including the very first New Zealand organ CD in 1989, and has recorded the entire Well-Tempered Clavier of Bach on the organ.  Recent discs are JOHN WELLS: AUCKLAND CITY ORGANIST (Atoll ACD641) and THE WELL-TEMPERED PIANO.  

He is in steady demand as a composer and tours to the Far East regularly as a music examiner. He also works as a pianist, adjudicator and music examiner. 

January 2015