Paco Amaya was born in Alcoy (Spain) in 1965. He maked organ studies with Michael Radulescu, orchestra conducting with Sergiu Comissiona in Madrid and Jorma Panula in Berlin. In addition he went to Stuttgart where he became a student of the renowned organist/ conductor Professor Helmut Rilling. He finished his academic education with an Honour’s Diploma in High Music Conservatory of Valencia, and prepare his PhD in University Miguel Hernandez (Elche – Alicante)
Born in 1962, Stefano Bertuletti first attended the Diocesan Institute of Sacred Music “Santa Cecilia” in Bergamo. After obtaining several distinctions in his exams, he got his degree with honours in organ and organ composition at the Bergamo civic conservatoire “Gaetano Donizetti”. He participated in several courses and seminars of organ interpretation with renowned teachers such as H. Vogel, A. Marcon, L.F. Tagliavini, R. Jaud, J.L.G. Uriol, B. Leighton and C. Stembridge.
Besides the concert activity carried out in Europe and U.S.A. both as soloist and as collaborator of vocal and instrumental groups, he was an organ teacher (1991-2012) at the Musical Academy “Santa Cecilia” in Bergamo.
He is also organist at the Sacred Heart Parish Church in Bonate Sotto (Bergamo). He is also an active composer. His compositions have been published by Edizioni Carrara, Bergamo; Armelin, Padua; Rugginenti, Milan; Delatour France, Sampzon and Dr. Butz Musikverlag, Bonn.
Moreover his compositions for the organ are in the repertoire of famous artists such as Juan Paradell Solè, Massimo Nosetti, Alessandro Bianchi, Marie Agnès Grall-Menet, Hans Uwe Hielscher and Martin Setchell.
Stefano Bertuletti has taken part in research work and documentation on the historical organs in the Bergamo area and he has published numerous studies on organ subjects.
Olivier Eisenmann was born in Zürich. He studied with his father, the composer Will Eisenmann, and at the Conservatory of Lucerne with Sava Savoff (piano) and Eduard Kaufmann, professor of the Swiss Academy of Sacred Music and organist of the Collegiate Church Lucerne (organ). At the same time he gained a Doctor of Philosophy at the University of Zürich.
After having performed as a pianist for many years, he has given as a concert organist recitals in almost all European countries e.g. in Madrid, Amsterdam, Haarlem (St. Bavo), Paris (Notre-Dame and St-Sulpice), Lyon, Rouen, in the cathedrals of Barcelona, Sevilla, Brussels, Bruges, Aix-la-Chapelle, Cologne, Treves, Würzburg, Berlin, Hamburg, Dresden, Passau, Danzig, Warsaw, Vienna (St. Stephen`s), Salzburg, Graz, Klagenfurt, Saint Gall, Lausanne, Geneva, Bourges, Dijon, Rotterdam, Dublin, Edinburgh, Chester, Sheffield, Lincoln, London (St. Paul`s), York Minster, Copenhagen, Oslo, Turku, Helsinki and regularly in swedish cathedrals (among others several times in Stockholm, Göteborg, Karlstad, Linköping, Kalmar, Lund and Uppsala); in the minsters of Bonn and Berne, in Munich, Porto, Prague, Bratislava, Cracow, Budapest and Ljubljana. He has played at a number of major organ festivals including those in Palma de Mallorca, Ragusa, Naples, Rome, Verona, Turin, in the cathedrals of Gent, Antwerp, in Bonn, Rostock, Helsingör, Košice (Slovakia), Oliva (Poland), Vilnius, Minsk (Philharmony), Moscow (catholic Cathedral), Ufa, Nishni Novgorod, Yalta, Hong Kong, São Paulo, Montevideo, Buenos Aires, in the Mexican cathedrals of Morelia and Guadalajara, in the Festival d`Avignon and the International Festival of Music Lucerne (Concert Hall). Concert tours have also taken him to Mexico City, the USA, e.g. in New York (Riverside Church and St. Patrick`s Cathedral), Boston, Washington D.C. (National Cathedral), Chicago (Holy Name Cathedral) and Seattle, Australia (Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney), New Zealand, Iceland, Russia – e.g. St. Petersburg (Capella and Philharmony), Kazan, Chelyabinsk, Ufa, Archangelsk etc. – in the Baltic Republics (e.g. in the cathedral of Riga and Tallinn) as well as in the Ukraine. He has been a soloist in orchestral concerts with the Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie (e.g. in the Tonhalle Zürich), the Deutsches Bachorchester, the State Philharmony Košice, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and the Singapore Symphony Orchestra in Singapore.
He recorded for radio and television in Spain, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, in the Czech Republic, in Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, Poland, Belorussia, Russia, Sweden, Brazil and Singapore.
His vast repertoire is also reflected in 21 recordings (12 discs, 9 CDs ), including première recordings with music of the 19th and 20th century. Apart from organ playing and teaching he wrote articles for magazines and gave lectures and masterclasses on organ music, e.g. in Academies of Herford, Parma, Sydney, Moscow and Nishni Novgorod.
Ennio Cominetti is an organist, composer, director of choir and conductor of orchestra. He performs everywhere in the world. In fact He performed as soloist and as conductor in more than two thousand concerts, at the most important Cathedrals and in most renown Theaters in Europe, North, Central and South Americas, Middle East and Africa. He has also taken part in festivals in a great number of cities in Europe.
His intentions are to make sacred music well known and wide spread, and in particular organ music so promoted festivals and exhibitions in tiny places where he lives, rich in historical instruments of very high value; such as “Circuito Organistico Internazionale in Lombardia” (“International Organ Circuit in Lombardy”), his own creature about 80 concerts a year for over 25 years playng some of the most important old organs of the region.
Ennio Cominetti recorded CD, videos, wrote articles for musical magazines and journals both Italian and European, gave lectures, master class, chaired juries .
Cominetti founded and still conduct the Orchestra Cameristica Lombarda, the Ensemble Vocale “Soli Deo Gloria” and the “Coro Accademico Lombardo”, formed by professional players and singers, beside Ensemble Strumental “La Scala”. The repertoires go from Lyric Opera to Operetta, fro Symphonic to chamber music, Madrigals, Motets and Oratorios and, listen to this,modern music!
Composer of organ music (winner of Concorso Internazionale di Composizione per Organo in Magadino, Switzerland, in 1982), and also of instrumental, choir and band music; he regularly publishes is work by Italian and German Companies, such as Berlin Chormusik, Musica Rinata – Berlin, Bérben, Carrara, Curci, Eco, EurArte, Intra’s, Sinfonica etc.).
Among his essays we cannot forget: “Marco Enrico Bossi” (ed. Gioiosa), “Marco Enrico Bossi, the organist and the composer” , “Note d’ organo (Notes about the organ, notes made in order to know the complex and fascinating word of the organ), “Guide to the listening and interpretation of Das Wohltemperierte Klavier of Johann Sebastian Bach” and “L’avventura dell’armonia infinita (The adventure of the Infinite Harmony) and “L’Organo in Italia, cronache di una storia millenaria (The Organ in Italy, chronicles of a thousand years old History).
In 2013, on the occasion of the celebrations of the two centuries after the birth of Giuseppe Verdi, Cominetti wrote “La Traviata in salotto” (The Traviata in a sitting room), an adaptation of the great Opera of Verdi for concert and smaller theatres, and recorded CD “Va ‘pensiero, sull’ali dorate – Verdi Organ Works” and wrote, together with Clara Bertella, the book “Io Verdi, mi racconto… ” (I Verdi am telling you about myself), introduced by Marco Buticchi, a quite famous Italian writer.
At present he is an external consulting expert for The history and the interpretation of Italian music by quite a few European Universities.
Christoph Hintermüller was born in 1993 in Unna, Germany, and is currently studying Church Music at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mayence.
In 2010 he graduated from junior high school to the renowned Archiepiscopal Mallinckrodt High School in Dortmund. In October of the same year, he began working towards the C-Exam in Church Music in the Archdiocese of Paderborn.
In October 2013 he began his studies at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mayence in in organ with the cathedral organists Gerhard Gnann and Daniel Beckmann.. After a short period of time, he took on a job as organist in Mayence. Since April 2014, he took over musical direction of the church choir of Worms-Herrnsheim, the choir community of Mainz-Bretzenheim, and the church choir St. Markus of Muehlheim.
This year he is going to study a semester in Los Angeles, USA.
Hintermüller follows an active concert schedule that has him taken to England, Austria, France, Spain, Italy, and Switzerland. In his current concert program, he contrasts American and European organ music. Furthermore he plays film Music on organ
Carmen Jauch wurde in Rottweil am Neckar geboren.
An der Hochschule für Musik und Theater in München absolvierte sie die Studiengänge Kirchenmusik (A), Konzertfach Orgel und Cembalo, unter anderem bei Martha Schuster, Harald Feller und Christine Schornsheim.
Ein weiterführendes Studium im Fach Orgel folgte mit einem Stipendium des Deutschen Akademischen Austauschdienstes (DAAD) bei Hans-Ola Ericsson in Piteå (Schweden) sowie im Fach Cembalo bei Michael Eberth an der Universität Mozarteum Salzburg.
Von 2007 bis 2009 war sie Organistin und künstlerische Leiterin der internationalen Sommerkonzerte an der deutschen Kirche St. Gertrud in Stockholm. Derzeit ist Carmen Jauch als selbständige Organistin, Cembalistin und Instrumentallehrerin tätig.Ihre Konzerttätigkeit als Organistin führte sie schon nach Norwegen, Schweden, Österreich, und Italien. Auch als Cembalistin tritt sie regelmäßig solistisch oder als Continuospielerin in Kirchenkonzerten sowie in ungewöhnlichen Besetzungen in verschiedensten Veranstaltungen auf.
Michal Markuszewski was born in Warsaw in 1980. In 2004 he graduated with honours from the Frederic Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw in organ class – Prof. Joachim Grubich and in 2005 in piano class – Prof. Kazimierz Gierżod.
In 2007 he completed postgraduate studies at Universität der Künste in Berlin (organ improvisation class – Prof. Wolfgang Seifen) and in 2008 Hochschule für Musik in Würzburg (organ master class – Prof. Christoph Bossert).
His greatest achievements are: 2nd prize in Polish Contemporary XX Century Organ Music Competition in Legnica (1998), 1st prize in International Organ Music Competition in Rumia (2000), as well as an honourable mention for the best performance of pieces by J.S. Bach. He also received the prize founded by president of the city of Gdańsk and 3rd prize in International Organ Music Competition in Zürich-Wiedikon (2007).
He gave many concerts at international festivals in Poland, Lithuania, Czech Republic, Holland, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Norway, Ukraine, Slovakia, Spain, Great Britain and in over 200 cities in Germany.
He made several CD recordings (Organum Classics, Label Harp, DUX). His recording made on historic organs in the Reformed Church in Warsaw (DUX 0707) received a nomination for Polish music industry award FRYDERYK in two categories. He also made several radio and TV-recordings.
He is also interested in problems of restoration of historic Polish organs. He is a member of Association for Researches and Conservation of Silesian Organ (VEESO), german Society of Organ Enthusiasts GdO (since 2001). He cooperates with editors of Polish Internet Organ Inventory. He prepared the documentation of over 350 Polish historical organs.
On his initiative, restoration work was carried out on the historical organ (built by Schlag und Söhne) in the Reformed Church in Warsaw (2004-2008), where he has served as organist since 2004.
For several years he has been involved in events and cultural management. He is initiator and artistic director of an international cycle of organ concerts on historical organ built by Schlag und Söhne in 1900 in the Reformed Church in Warsaw.
From 2012 he teaches organ improvisation at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw.
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.
Enrico Presti (1970) attained a diploma in organ with Prof. Wladimir Matesic in Bologna (Italy). He obtained a M.Sc. degree in Computer Science with mention in the faculty of Mathematics and actually is enrolled in the faculty of Musicology at the University of Bologna. He attended master classes with Marju Riisikamp, Olivier Latry, Peter Planyavsky and Hans-Ola Ericsson. He performed several concerts in Italy, Europe, Russia and Faroese Islands (Summartónar festival, in collaboration with the Italian Institute of Culture in Copenhagen). He also works intensely as managing director in various festival in Italy.
Marju Riisikamp is Estonian harpsichordist, pianist and organist. She studied first in her homecity Tallinn (Music Academy), later in Italy (with Christopher Stembridge) and in Germany (Trossingen, with Marieke Spaans). She plays her recitals since 1990 everywhere in Europe and also in Baltic countries, Russia and Scandinavia as a soloist and as a continuo-player. Marju Riisikamp gives lectures in Estonian Music Academy and will absolve her Ph.D. studies this year.
Verena Steffen: Following the graduation certificate she entered the flute class of Jean Soldan at the Lucerne Conservatory. After successfully completing her studies with teaching diploma in flute, she continued her studies with André Jaunet (Zurich) and Heinrich Keller (Winterthur).
She performs regularly in Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Italy, France, Poland, Sweden and Finland (e.g. several times in Helsinki, Rovaniemi, Jyväskylä). She played in Belgium, Danmark, Great Britain, Norway, Spain, Czech Republic, in Slovakia, Slovenia, Russia (Moscow and Kasan) as well as in the United States (New York, Madison, Monroe), Australia (Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra), New Zealand (e.g. Nelson Cathedral), Mexico, and Iceland. She mainly played together with Olivier Eisenmann in different Festivals in Avignon, Lyon, Rome, Prague, Lublin, Lezajsk, Kaunas, in the „Christopher summer festival“ in Moletai and Marijampole, as well as in the Cathedrals of Porto, Klagenfurt, Montpellier, Brussels, Bruges, Aix-la-Chapelle, Lund, Göteborg, Stockholm, Tampere, Kuopio, Savonlinna and Mikkeli.
She performed also as a soloist with orchestras as well as in chamber music. Her recordings have been realized with Magnon-, Aurophon- and Violet labels. She is flute teacher at the music school in Zug.
Organist and harpsichordist Julia Tamminen was born in Minsk, Belarus. She studied in St.-Petersburg State Conservatoire (Russia), where she completed her degree in musicology in 2002. Julia continued her studies in Helsinki at the Sibelius Academy with prof. Olli Porthan (organ), with Anssi Mattila and Elina Mustonen (harpsichord). As a grant-holder of Finnish Cultural Foundation she completed her studies at Amsterdam Conservatoire with prof. Pieter van Dijk (organ) and Menno van Delft (harpsichord and clavichord) and graduated as Master of Music in 2008.
In addition she has attended many international master classes. Julia won a second prize on Schnitger International Organ Competition in Alkmaar (Netherlands) in 2007 and a special prize for the best interpretation of the baroque music on Mikael Tariverdiev Organ Competition in Kaliningrad (Russia) in 2011. She is regularly performing as a soloist and ensemble player in Holland, Great Britain, France, Sweden, Finland, Iceland and other European countries. As a harpsichordist she is playing with ensembles Un’altra ondata, Corde Sonore, Ver vitae and 2nd floor consort. Currently she teaches organ playing