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. 2017 Martin Schmeding was awarded "Professor of the Year", since 2018 he is visiting professor at the Royal Conservatoire Birmingham.
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.

Thomas Lennartz

Thomas LennartzThomas Lennartz

is professor for organ improvisation at University of Music and Theatre Leipzig and head of church music studies.

Born 1971 in Hanover, Lennartz studied church music, organ and organ improvisation in Hanover, Cologne, Leipzig and Paris and graduated from the soloist class with distinction and with the A-Diploma in church music. Important teachers were Ullrich Bremsteller, Arvid Gast, Volker Bräutigam, Thierry Escaich and Loïc Mallié, in masterclasses he also worked with Daniel Roth, Olivier Latry, Wolfgang Seifen, Ton Koopman and others.

Thomas Lennartz received a scholarship of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation and was a prize-winner in a number of international competitions for organ improvisation including St. Albans / England, Saarbrücken „Orgues sans frontières“ and Schwäbisch Gmünd.

From 2003 to 2008 Lennartz worked as a church musician in Bingen am Rhein. In 2008 he was appointed as cathedral organist in Dresden (former „Hofkirche“) with the famous Gottfried Silbermann Organ. In 2014 he became professor in Leipzig.

Thomas Lennartz enjoys playing concerts in Germany, various countries of Europe, the USA and Japan. He is regularly invited to give masterclasses.

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.