A native of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Kimberly Marshall maintains an active career as a concert organist, performing regularly in Europe, the US and Asia. She began her organ lessons with John Mueller at the UNC School of the Arts, and continued her studies in France and England before being appointed University Organist at Stanford University, California. Winner of the St. Albans Competition in 1985, she has been invited to play in prestigious venues and has recorded for Radio-France, the BBC, and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. She currently holds the Patricia and Leonard Goldman Endowed Professorship in Organ at Arizona State University.
Prof. Marshall has performed throughout Europe, including concerts in London's Royal Festival Hall, St. Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Cathedral; King's College, Cambridge; Norte-Dame Cathedral, Paris; Chartres and Uppsala Cathedrals, as well as the Dormition Abbey in Jerusalem. She has also performed on many historical organs, such as the Couperin organ at Saint-Gervais, Paris, the Gothic organ in Sion, Switzerland, and the Cahmann organ in Leufstabruk, Sweden. Her playing is informed by research into obscure repertoire and performance practices.
During the summer of 2013, Prof. Marshall was invited to present the keynote lecture for the inauguration of the new “medieval” Van Straten organ at Amsterdam’s Orgelpark, as well as to serve as Artistic Director for an academy of contemporary organ music in Göteborg, Sweden. While at Stanford and the Royal Academy of Music, she gave performances of organ works by Ligeti in the presence of the composer, and she has been an advocate for music by Margaret Sandresky, Dan Locklair and Ofer Ben-Amots. She is attracted to the organ by its vast possibilities of timbre and by the instrument’s complex development since its invention in the third century BCE. Her work reflects this enthusiasm for musical creativity and historical awareness.