Daniel Roth

Daniel Roth

is widely acclaimed as one of the leading French organ virtuosos and has held several prestigious positions as both performer and teacher. He was titular organist at the Basilique du Sacré-Coeur in Montmartre-Paris until 1985 when he was appointed titular organist at St-Sulpice. A former student at the Paris Conservatory, Daniel Roth's teachers have included Marie-Claire Alain and Maurice Duruflé. He has won several competitions, among them the Grand Prix de Chartres 1971. After teaching positions at the Conservatories of Marseille, Strasbourg and the Hochschule für Musik Saar in Saarbrücken, he was Professor of organ at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Frankfurt am Main from 1995 to 2007. Daniel Roth has been also Artist-in residence at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and chairman of the organ department at Catholic University in Washington D.C. He is invited to play concerts as a soloist and with famous orchestras. Furthermore he teaches master classes and participates on juries for organ competitions throughout the world.

Martin Schmeding

Martin Schmeding

was born in 1975 and studied church music, music education, recorder and organ, choir and orchestra conducting, harpsichord, and music theory in Hannover, Amsterdam and Düsseldorf. Among his teachers are Ulrich Bremsteller, Lajos Rovatkay, Hans van Nieuwkoop, Jacques van Oortmerssen and Jean Boyer. He was a prizewinner in many competitions, among them the Mendelssohn Bartholdy in Berlin, the Pachelbel in Nuremberg, the German music competition in Berlin/Bonn, the European competition for young organists in Ljubljana/Slovenia, and the Musica antiqua in Bruges/Belgium. Martin Schmeding was choir director and organist of the Nazareth Church in Hanover, worked at the Neander Church in Düsseldorf ansd was titular organist of the Kreuzkirche in Dresden from 2002 until 2004. He has taught as professor of organ at the University of Music in Freiburg from 2004 to 2016, where he was also the chair of the church-music and organ department. Since 2016 he is professor for artistic organ playing at the University of Music and Theatre Leipzig and artistic director oft he European Organ Academy Leipzig.
Martin Schmeding has made numerous radio and CD recordings, among them the complete organ music of F. Schmidt, J. Brahms, F. Mendelssohn Bartholdy, as well as the first recordings on a period instrument of the complete music for pedal piano by Robert Schumann and of the organ version of the Goldberg Variations by J. S. Bach on a baroque instrument. He has written for many publications and has given concerts as a soloist, chamber musician and with orchestras all over the world. Martin Schmeding is also active as a guest-lecturer at master-classes, publishes articles and music editions for important magazines and publishers. Engagements as a juror at competitions, conductor and composer complete his artistic career.

www.martin-schmeding.de

Rudolf Lutz

Rudolf LutzRudolf Lutz

was born in 1951 and is organist, pianist, harpsichordist, teacher and conducter. for 25 years he was professor for historical improvisation at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. At present, he works as artistic director of the J.S. Bach-Foundation in St. Gallen as well as teacher and as performer. 

 www.rudolflutz.ch

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Erwan le Prado

Erwan le Prado

was born in 1978 and began studying music at the Conservatoire de Caen (France). He continued his studies with Pierre Pincemaille and André Isoir in Paris. At age 15, he was admitted to the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris where he studied with Michel Chapuis and Olivier Latry. There he not only won first prizes in Organ and Continuo playing but also, after studying with Loïc Mallié, Thierry Escaich and Marie-Claire Alain, in Organ Improvisation, Harmony, Counterpoint, Fugue and 20th century composition.
Erwan Le Prado has made a name for himself in numerous international organ competitions: prize winner in Biarritz, Luzern, St Alban's, he won the Prix J. S. Bach in Chartres (1996). In 1999 he won first prize at the Concours International Suisse in Genève and, in 2000, he his the winner of the prestigious Grand Prix de Chartres Interprétation by unanimous decision and of the Audience Prize too.
He has given numerous recitals throughout Europe and other continents: Japan, USA, Canada, South Africa and South America. He is engaged by several International Festivals and appears in very famous places as Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, Westminster Abbey in London or Tokyo's Suntory Hall, e.g. with the Suisse Romande Orchestra conducted by Fabio Luisi, Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Antoni Wit or with Beijing Symphony Orchestra conducted by Tan Lihua. He is invited abroad to give master-classes and also as jury member. He has made radio broadcasts in France and abroad and recorded a CD recital at Radio-France in Paris.
Erwan Le Prado has been teaching for many years organ interpretation and improvisation and composition. He is now the organ teacher at the Caen Conservatoire and organist "co-titulaire" at the famous Cavaillé-Coll in Abbatiale Saint-Etienne of Caen.

Ullrich Böhme

Ullrich Böhme

was born in the Vogtland region (Saxony) of Germany. From 1972 to 1979, he studied at the Music School for Church Music in Dresden with Hans Otto and at the Music Conservatory in Leipzig with Wolfgang Schetelich. After his state exams, he worked as the Cantor and organist in the Kreuz Church in Chemnitz till 1986.

In 1985, Ullrich Böhme was appointed to be the St. Thomas Church organist in Leipzig. Since then, his most important tasks are playing soloist organ music for church services, concerts, and motets with the St. Thomas Boys Choir, as well as playing the basso continuo to cantatas, oratorios and passions. In addition, he has performed concerts in different European countries, North America, and Japan. Radio and television broadcasters, both German and international, have produced many recordings with him. 

Ullrich Böhme has often been requested to be the member of the jury of many important international organ competitions. He teaches at the University of Leipzig for Music and Theater and gives classes in music interpretation. He was appointed his professorship in 1994. 

 

Hans Davidsson

Hans Davidsson

served as professor of organ at the School of Music at Göteborg University from 1987–2005, and from 1994–2009 as the Artistic Director of the Göteborg International Organ Academy. He is the founder of the Göteborg Organ Art Center. From 2001–2012, he served as professor of organ at the Eastman School of Music and project director of the Eastman-Rochester Organ Initiative. In 2007, he was appointed professor of organ at the University of the Arts Bremen in Germany, where he is also the director of the Arp-Schnitger-Institut für Orgel und Orgelbau. Since 2012, Hans Davidsson is professor of organ at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen. He performs and teaches at major festivals and academies throughout the world. Hans Davidsson has made many recordings, most recent among them the complete works of Dieterich Buxtehude at the North German Baroque organ in Örgtye New Church in Göteborg.

 

Martin Haselböck

Martin Haselböckpicture: Meinrad Hofer

is present in international musical live as organist, conductor and composer. Following his studies in Vienna and Paris, and after receiving numerous prizes and fellowships, he gained an international reputation as an organ soloist, working with conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Lorin Maazel, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Riccardo Muti and many others. Leading composers including Friedrich Cerha, Ernst Krenek, Alfred Schnittke, Cristobal Halffter and Amy Gilbert have written works for Martin Haselböck and have dedicated compositions to him. He has released over 50 CDs as a soloist, including the recent release of the complete works for organ by Franz Liszt. His recordings as an organist have brought many awards, including the Deutscher Schallplattenpreis, Diapason d'Or and the Hungarian Liszt Prize. Martin Haselböck serves as professor at the University of Music and Perfoming Arts Vienna and has been in the jury of prestigious organ competitions, such as Haarlem, Chartres or Dallas. He edited more than 70 volumes of organ music.

www.haselboeck.org

 

David Titterington

David Titteringtonpricture: Leo Cinicolo

is the Artistic Director of the International Organ Festival at St Albans and one of the world’s leading concert organists. He made his debut at the Royal Festival Hall in 1986 launching a career that has since taken him to many of the great international festivals and concert halls. Committed to contemporary music he has premiered a number of significant works. In addition to CD’s of works by Olivier Messiaen, Petr Eben and Johann Ernst Eberlin, David Titterington has recorded more than thirty programmes for the BBC and innumerable for radio and television networks world-wide, including the complete works of César Franck from the Abbey of St Etienne, Caen.

David Titterington was Organ Scholar at Pembroke College, Oxford and continued his studies in Paris with Marie-Claire Alain and Susan Landale at the Conservatoire at Rueil-Malmaison, where he won a unanimous Premier Prix. In 1996 he was appointed Head of Organ Studies at the Royal Academy of Music, London. Since 1993 he has given annual master classes at the Dartington International Summer School and since 1997 he has been Visiting Professor of Organ at the Liszt Academy, Budapest.

He has served on many international juries including the Grand Prix de Chartres, Prix André Marchal, BBC’s Young Musician of the Year or the Grand Prix Bach de Lausanne Competition. David Titterington has received several awards and honours, including Honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of Organists in 1999, an Honorary Doctorate from the Liszt Ferenc State University, Budapest in 2000, Honorary Membership of the Royal Academy of Music in 2008 and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Huddersfield in 2010.

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