Julián Andrés Bewig (born in Lima/Perú) studied at the Folkwang-Hochschule in Essen, Germany with Sieglinde Ahrens, at the „Hogeschool voor Muziek en Dans“ in Rotterdam, Netherlands with Ben van Oosten and at the “Conservatorio Superior de Música Joaquín Rodrigo” in Valencia, Spain with Carlos Paterson.
As a concert organist Julián Bewig played throughout Europe, Russia, Japan, Peru, Canada and the United States.
At present Julián Bewig recorded 23 CDs with all styles of organ music from the baroque (Julian BEWIG plays BACH Vol. 1 – 4) over German Romantic (Max Reger, Sigfrid Karg-Elert), French Romantic (Louis Vierne, Augustin Barié, Germaine Labole etc.) and English Romantic to contemporary composers such as Andreas Willscher and Enjott Schneider.
Julián Bewig is the organist of the church Santo Ángel Custodio en Valencia, Spain.
Willibald Guggenmos wurde 1957 in Friedberg/Bayern geboren. Seine erste feste Anstellung als Organist erhielt er bereits im Alter von 10 Jahren. Das Studium absolvierte er an den Hochschulen für Musik in Augsburg (Konzertdiplom Klavier, Konzertdiplom Orgel, Kirchenmusik B, Klavierpädagogik) und München, die er mit drei Diplomen (Konzertfach Orgel, Kirchenmusik A und Meisterklassendiplom in Orgel) abschloss. Von 1984 bis 2001 war er Organist an der St. Martinskirche in Wangen/Allgäu. Im Jahre 1985 spielte er das gesamte Orgelwerk von Johann Sebastian Bach in 11 Konzerten. In den folgenden Jahren folgten Gesamtaufführungen der Werke von César Franck, Léon Boëllmann, Franz Liszt, Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Johann Gustav Eduard Stehle, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Johannes Brahms, Maurice Duruflé, sowie den großen Orgelwerken von Max Reger, Marcel Dupré und Olivier Messiaen.
Von 2001-2004 war er als Kirchenmusiker und Organist am Dom “Zu unserer lieben Frau” in München tätig. Seit 2004 ist Willibald Guggenmos Domorganist an der Kathedrale in St. Gallen (Schweiz). Neben seinen liturgischen Verpflichtungen ist er dort künstlerischer Leiter der “Internationalen Domorgelkonzerte” und Dozent für Orgelspiel an der Musikakademie.
Als Organist konzertierte er in nahezu allen Ländern Europas, in Island, Russland, USA, Kanada, Fernost, Australien, Neuseeland, China und den Westindischen Inseln. Die Presse bescheinigt ihm “überragende Technik und hinreißende Musikalität” (Bernhard Holland, Chefkritiker der “New York Times”). Zahlreiche Rundfunk-, Fernseh- und CD-Aufnahmen an bedeutenden Instrumenten (unter anderen an der Goll-Orgel der Stiftskirche Engelberg/Schweiz, der Cavaille-Coll Orgel in Azcoitia/Spanien und der legendären William Hill Orgel der Townhall Sydney/Australien) dokumentieren sein breit gefächertes Repertoire.
James D. Hicks is a concert organist living and working out of Califon, NJ. A graduate of the Peabody Conservatory of Music, Yale University and the University of Cincinnati, Hicks has also studied at the Royal School of Church Music in the UK. Jim has held church positions throughout the United States over the course of thirty-five years, and now devotes himself to concert and recording projects.
Over the past decade, Jim has researched the music of Nordic lands, and the result is an ongoing series entitled Nordic Journey. Nordic Journey concerns itself with the creation of new compositions (twenty-three commissioned works thus far), the rediscovery of unpublished works from the Romantic Era, and the inclusion of a few of the standard masterworks. The American label Pro Organo has recorded seven volumes of Nordic Journey in historic cathedrals and churches throughout Sweden, Norway and Finland, and Volume VIII of the series will take Jim to the Hallgrímskirkja, Reykjavík, Iceland later in 2018.
Egor Kolesov was born in Saint-Petersburg in 1989. In 2004 he was awarded Third Prize in the international competition for young musicians “I am a composer”. From 2004 to 2008 he learned the organ with Y. Semyonov, Saint-Petersburg.
In 2013 Egor Kolesov graduated from the Organ Class of The Russian Academy of Music named after Gnesins in Moscow (taught by Honoured Artist of Russia Professor A. Fiseisky). After, two years he was Teaching Assistant at the Organ Class of The Russian Academy of Music named after Gnesins (2013-2015).
In 2009 Egor Kolesov took part in Organ Music festival in Alkmar (Netherlands) and perfected his skills there under the guidance of Reinhard Jaud, Pieter van Dijk, Frank van Wijk, Bine Brindorf, Paolo Crivellaro, Dietrich Wagler.
In 2011-2015 Egor Kolesov took part in master classes given by professors P. Planyavsky, M. Schoenheit, G. Gnann, H.-J. Kaiser, D. Roth, G. Barber, M. Boecker, M. Schmeding.
He performed with the orchestra “Russian Philarmony” (conducted by S. Tararin and D. Yurovski) in the Svetlanov hall of Moscow House of Music, Tver Philarmony and in Moscow Philarmony (works by W. A. Mozart, Ch.-M. Widor, R. Strauss, R.V. Williams and others). In October, 2011 Egor Kolesov was the first in Russia to perform Concertino by M.B. Jimenez for organ and orchestra.
In June, 2011 Egor Kolesov became a diploma winner of The Second All-Russia Competition of Organ Players “Sancta Caecilia” in Krasnogorsk and in October, 2012 a diploma winner of The First All-Russia Competition of Organ Players in Kaliningrad. In November, 2015 Egor Kolesov became a laureate of the The First Odoyevsky International Organ Competition (Moskou). In 2015 Egor Kolesov performed six trio-sonatas by J.S.Bach by heart in one concert (Moscow, festival named after J.S.Bach).
In 2016 – 2017 Egor Kolesov participated in master-classes by Jean-Paul Imbert in L’Alpe d’Huez (France). Egor Kolesov have a recital in L’Alpe d’Huez in 2016-2017 concert season.
Egor Kolesov actively toured as an organist in Russia, Belarus, Estonia, Germany, France and Denmark. From 2017 Egor Kolesov works as a organ teacher in Saint-Petersboug Musical College named after N.A. Rimsky-Korsakov. Egor Kolesovs special professional interest – russian music for organ, french symphonic music, music of XXth centure and modern music ( “Commotio” by Carl Nielsen, “Gmeeoorh” by Iannis Xenakis, Etudes by Gyorgy Ligeti and many others unusual organ pieces).
Linde Mothes is educated as a church musician in Dresden (Germany) and Paris. She has worked as a church musician in Berlin, and as docent in organ and choir direction in Halle and Dresden. She appreciates the diversity that the profession as a church musician entails, and has played many organ recitals in various locations in Europe and China. She has also worked as a choral conductor and performed a series of choral concerts, both a cappella and oratorios.
Aleksandr Novoselov was born in 1984 in Russia where he began to study piano at age 7. He graduated from Nizhny Novgorod State Conservatory in 2008 as organist and pianist. In 2010 he received “Master of Arts and Humanities” at the St. Petersburg State University in Organ Performance. In 2013 Novoselov received his Post Graduate degree in Organ performance at the St. Petersburg State Conservatory studying under Daniel Zaretsky, Professor and Honored Artist of the Russian Federation.
Aleksandr Novoselov has been awarded a number of prizes from national and international competitions.
Aleksandr Novoselov has participated in master-classes by Ludger Lohmann, Wolfgang Zehrer, Olivier Latry, Peter van Dijk, Bernard Winsemius, and other famous organists. He has given solo performances in Russia, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Germany, Switzerland, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, and the United States.
From 2008 until 2015, Novoselov served as a Concert Organist on the Rudolf von Beckerath Organ (4 manuals, 67 stops) at the Palace of Arts in Kondopoga, Russia, where he performed both solo recitals and concerts with instrumentalists, vocalists, and choirs. Novoselov is an organizer of the “Grand Orgue” annual Organ Festival, in Kondopoga, Russia. He also performed as the invited organist for the Penza Philharmonic,Penza, Russia. Other performances of note are:
2013 – with the Essen Philharmonic, Germany, along with other prize winners of the European Organ Competitions,
2014 – at the International Music Festival organized by the “Rusart” concert agency in Baku, Azerbaijan; the “Cultural Olimpiada”, Sochi, Russia; and the “ll Kriisas Master Organ Festival”, Estonia.
2016 – first recital in the United States with violinist Natalia Nizhalova at the First Presbyterian Church in Muncie, Indiana.
In 2017 Aleksandr Novoselov graduated from the University of Notre Dame, USA, where he studied Organ Performance with Dr. Craig Cramer.
Giorgio Parolini received diplomas in Piano under the direction of Luisella Minini, organ and organ composition with Enzo Corti and harpsichord with Mariolina Porrà. He continued his studies in organ following Masterclasses with famous organists like H. Vogel, P. Planyavsky, K. Schnorr, J. Van Oortmerssen, L. Ghielmi, L. Lohmann, R. Saorgin, M.C. Alain, L. Rogg. In September 1994 he was admitted to the organ and improvisation class of Lionel Rogg at the Superior Conservatory of Music of Geneva where, in 1996, he won the prestigious “Premier Prix de Virtuosité”. In 2001 he attended the courses at the Teatro alla Scala Academy for Orchestra Musicians in Milan. In 1992 he won the XVI Edition of the National Organ Competition in Noale (Venice), he was the only Italian organist admitted at the International “Ville de Paris” Organ Competition and at the International Organ Competition in Odense (Denmark), in 1998 he was finalist at the National Harpsichord Competition “G. Gambi” in Pesaro. As soloist he plays regularly in Italy, Europe and the United States: he has been invited to play also in important Festivals and Cathedrals and his recitals are unanimously praised by the public and critics. He also co-operates with choirs, instrumental ensembles and instrumental soloists. In 2006 he recorded Mozart’s Fantasia KV594 for a DVD produced by Musicom for Banca Intesa, in 2008 his recital at the Cathedral in Barcelona was recorded by Radio Catalunya, and his concert activity has been the subject of the program “The colours of the organ” transmitted by the Vatican Radio in 2004. He teaches Theory, Solfeggio and Organ at the Civica Scuola di Musica in Cinisello Balsamo (Milan) and, from December 2012 to November 2015, Organ at the Conservatorio di Musica “G.P. da Palestrina” in Cagliari. From December 2015 he teaches Organ at the Istituto Superiore di Studi Musicali “V. Bellini” in Catania. From 1995 to 1998 he has been head organist of the Musical Chapel of Monza Cathedral, from 1999 to August 2012 he has been head organist at the Basilica of Sant’Eufemia in Milan.
David M. Patrick who was born in Devonshire, England, is on of the most brilliant British organists of his time. He pursued his musical education at the Royal College of Music in London with distinction winning the Stuart Prize for organ in 1967 and going on to gain the coveted Walford Davies Prize the following year. This award brought him prestigious recitals at both Westminster Cathedral and Westminster Abbey as well as the honour of being presented to H.R.H. Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother.
His early decision to specialise in the romantic and modern French repertoire followed logically from his impulse to accept the highest technical and artistic challenges which the organ presents. Of particular note was his recording of the complete organ works of Maurice Duruflé made in Coventry Cathedral in1996. This was a “Critic’s Choice of the Year” in the B.B.C. Music Magazine in 1997 and in the final list of three highly recommended recordings in the B.B.C. programme “Building a Library” in May 2006. In a letter to David M. Patrick the late Marie-Madeleine Duruflé wrote: “Vos interprétations des oeuvres de M. Duruflé sont excellentes, je vous en félicite….bien….Très bien….brillant….BRAVO.”
David M. Patrick has performed public concerts at many major venues in Great Britain, the U.S.A., Canada and Europe as well as numerous recitals for B.B.C. Radio 3 on significant British instruments. Many of his recordings, featuring the organs of Gloucester Cathedral, Buckfast Abbey, Katarina Kyrka in Stockholm and Coventry Cathedral are available from Amazon, iTunes and Spotify. Further details can be found at http://www.impulse-music.co.uk/davidmpatrick
Karen, Winne, Norbert, Volker, Hans-Martin, Tabea and Martin (from left to rigtht on the picture) are hobby musicians from a “Posaunenchor”, a traditional brass ensemble in the Lutheran Church of Berlin. About ten years ago they founded the ensemble “querBLECH”. The name means “across brass music” and it is the music they like. They play a wide range from Bachs time and before up to contemporary composers as Richard Roblee, Traugott Fünfgeld and others. Their passion is to play music in churches, especially those where people seldom have a chance to listen and enjoy brass music, like small churches in little villages of north eastern Germany – and now in Tromsø. Come and enjoy brass music unplugged with querBLECH!
Maria-Daniela Raasch works as an organist i Trondenes church, Harstad. She has her educatian in churchmusic from the Ernst-Moritz-Arndt University in Greifswald, Germany. The last years she has studied at The Arctic University of Norway under Bjørn Andor Drage. Raasch has participated at several masterclasses and has fokused on organmusic composed about psalms.
Wilhelm A. Leinslie Sollie (f.. 1990) startet sine studier ved Norges musikkhøgskole i Oslo. Fra 2012–2014 var han organist ved slottskirken på Akershus festning. Senere studerte han i Leipzig med Prof. Stefan Engels og improvisasjon med Thomas Lennartz. I 2015-2017 studerte han Diploma ved Southern Methodist University i Dallas, Texas. Prof. Stefan Engels som hovedlærer, improvisasjon med Dr. George Baker og cembalo med James Richman. Ved samme institusjon var han Teaching Assistant for Prof. Engels, hvor han underviste studenter på forskjellige nivåer. Han fullførte sine studier med høyeste karakter i alle fag.I tillegg til dette jobbet han (2015-2017) som organist ved en av Dallas’ fineste episkopale kirke – The Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration. Arbeidet innbefattet en Englandsturné i juli 2016 med evensongs og konserter i Bristol, ed evensongerCambridge, Wells, Ely, Cardiff og St. Albans. Han har gitt konserter i bl.a. Katholische Hofkirche i Dresden, Mariakirken i Gdańsk, Caruth Auditorium i Dallas og konserter i Russland. Han har også vært aktiv som utøver og deltaker ved American Guild of Organists Conventions (AGO) i Houston 2016 og Dallas i 2017. Våren 2017 ble han tildelt «The Roy and Sue Johnson Award in Organ or Sacred Music in Honor of Dr. Robert T. Anderson».
Dr. Damin Spritzer is Assistant Professor of Organ at the University of Oklahoma, and also serves the Cathedral Church of Saint Matthew in Dallas as Artist-in-Residence for the Cathedral Arts series. She formerly worked with the parishes of University Park United Methodist and Saint Rita Catholic Community, both in Dallas.
Her recent tours and performances have included four recitals with the Terra Sancta Organ Festival in Israel, the La Verna Festival in Italy, and recitals in Germany, Brazil, and France. She has released four professional CD recordings for the commercial label Raven Recordings, the first three of which are world-premiere recordings of the organ music of René Louis Becker, recorded on historically significant organs in Pithiviers, France; Orléans, France; and Denver, Colorado. In addition to Becker being the topic for her doctoral dissertation, she has written a monograph on his life and works, and has published Volume I of a continuing multi-volume critical edition of Becker’s organ music with an extended preface. The fourth and most recent disc is a collaborative musical project with trombonist Dr. Donald Pinson, also for the Raven label.
Performances this season include at the 2018 American Guild of Organists National Convention in Kansas City; three recitals in Norway; at the Piccolo Spoleto festival in Charleston; and several additional recitals in America.
Her Doctor of Musical Arts degree was received from the University of North Texas, her MM in Organ Performance from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, and her BM in Organ Performance from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Leupold Foundation, which is dedicated to the preservation of pipe organ music and culture, and serves presently as Sub-Dean for the Southern Plains Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.
The audience has credited her with Standing Ovations and Bravos at her debut at the prestigious Schleswig-Holstein-Musikfestival. German newspaper “Die Zeit” testifies: “Elke Voelker plays with such an extemporizing directness and burning, highly virtuos energy that you feel imposed to go down on your knees before her (the organ).” Her Karg-Elert recordings are described as “Highly recommended” by the English magazin “The Organ”…
Ms. Voelker has been a prizewinner in several international organ competitions. Since then her international success has – last but not least – established her excellent reputation as one of the demanded organists of our generation, which led to an extensive worldwide concert and teaching career.
As recording artist she has published 11 CDs and is featured exclusively by the German Organ Music Label AEOLUS. Her specialization in the organ works of Sigfrid Karg-Elert has resulted in the world premiere recording of his complete organ works. In this ongoing project, eight CDs are available for sale. The project earns high praise from critics and public alike.
Ms. Völker has worked over 15 years as Cathedral Music Associate at the UNESCO Heritage St. Marys Imperial Cathedral of Speyer, 2009 she was nomminated interims Music Director.
She has received a broad musical education in Germany, France, and in the US. She studied organ, piano, harpsichord, conducting and church music. Besides this, she has received a doctor degree in Musicology and Roman/German Studies at the University of Heidelberg. Journalistic activity has been added to various international musicological publications. For more details see: www.elkevoelker.de.