Doug Bielanski, Winner of the Roland Atelier National Competition - Hobbyist Division
Born in the early 1970’s in Bronx, NY it didn’t take long for Doug to realize his love for music. Collecting records and tapes from a very young age, Doug wasn’t content with just listening to music; he wanted to make music. At Christmas 1982, Doug received his first portable keyboard. After tinkering with it for a few hours, he approached his parents to take lessons. He took lessons for less than 3 years at the Nelson Varon Organ Studios on Long Island and soon began to outplay his instructor. From there, he self-taught most everything he knows today. His style of playing is unique and varied; from classics to standards, to Latin and modern day electronic dance music. “Sometimes I will create complete arrangements using traditional organ technique to showcase my talents and ability while in other arrangements I allow the instrument being played to showcase its ability.”
During the late teen years through his middle 20’s, Doug had the opportunity to freelance for the Yamaha Corporation of America promoting the HX Electone organs. Setting up in Mall Kiosks, he and other local artists would play and sign people up for the “Play For Keeps” lesson plan. During this time he also performed many concerts for the Tri-County Organ Club as a hobbyist player. In addition, Doug joined the Amateur Organ Tape Club where he corresponded with other amateur organists from around the globe sharing his thoughts on music and recording songs on cassettes for the other members. “The Amateur Organ Tape Club really helped me to perfect my playing technique and showmanship as each correspondence sent was like a concert recording tape reaching homes throughout America and the United Kingdom. Their feedback throughout the years was critical in allowing me to hone in on my strengths in delighting others with my playing.” Owning a total of 12 organs throughout the years, from beginner spinets to flagship consoles, the pinnacle of organs is finally owned- The Roland Atelier AT-900 ATUP-EX. “The Atelier has allowed me to express myself in new ways. Since owning this instrument, it has re-ignited my love for making music.” Today, Doug works as the Director of Sales and Education for Proctor and Gamble. He is married to his partner of 18 years and resides in NJ. While the organ is a hobby, he takes the opportunity to involve himself with any activities to express his talent in music for people. Winner of the 2014 Roland Atelier National Competition- Hobbyist Division, Doug continues to delight his worldwide followers on YouTube with his at-home performances.
Listen to Doug perform at home on his Roland Atelier AT-900
The Way You Look Tonight.
Doug performing Ebb Tide