Henrik Bechstrøm was born in Bodø in 1996. He started to play organ at the age of 12 years, Bjørn Andor Drage as his teacher. He is at the time finishing bachelor studies in church music at Norwegian Academy of Music, and he will continue master degree in music performance with organ in Oslo. He has had Terje Winge as a professor in bachelor studies. He has interest in French-Romantic music, especially the organ symphonies of Louis Viernes.
He has performed as a piano and organ solist in number of events as with Tromsø Byorkester in 2014, with Bodø Harmonimusikk in 2015, with Prijatno Chamber Orchestra in 2017 and in 2018, and with the Percussion Ensemble of the Norwegian Academy of Music 2018.
Hans U. Hielscher has been organist at the Marktkirche in Wiesbaden, Germany, since 1979. His studies were at the Detmold State Academy of Music and in Paris/Rouen, France. He also studied carillon at The Nederlandse Beiaardschool in Amersfoort, The Netherlands.
Hans has presented more than 3.500 organ solo recitals around the globe, his concert tours have taken him to all European countries, the United States (68 U.S. tours), Bahamas, Israel, Iceland, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore and Bangkok. He has been featured on radio and TV broadcasts, 22 CD recordings on various international labels and is the author of the books “Alexandre Guilmant – Life and Work”, “Famous Organs in the U.S.A.”, “The Organ of Wiesbaden Marktkirche”.
He is a published composer of some 50 works for organ. Hans U. Hielscher has been honored by the French government in Paris for his worldwide engagement in French organ music and nominated “Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres” in 1985.
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.
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
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.