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.   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 was Organist to the University of Auckland and taught organ at the School of Music for 20 years.  He is Patron of the NZ Association of Organists; as Auckland City Organist from 1998 to 2012 he spearheaded 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 National Director of the NZ branch of the Australian & New Zealand College of Organists from 2012 to 2017.  

He has made a number of CDs including the first ever 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 has spent nearly 40 years touring for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, visiting the Far East regularly as a music examiner. He also works as a chamber pianist and adjudicator. 

June 2021