Stuttgart Organ Academy 2019


    Daniel Roth

    is recognized throughout the world as one of the great representatives of the French interpretation and improvisation traditions. He is titular organist of the legendary and originally-preserved Aristide Cavaillé-Coll organ in Église Ste-Sulpice in Paris where, among others, Charles-Marie Widor and Marcel Dupré were also organists.
    The CD recordings of Daniel Roth, as well as his work and his commitment to French organ music, have been honored with numerous international prizes. He has been professor of organ in Washington, Strasbourg, Saarbrücken, and, most recently, in Frankfurt am Main. As a composer, he writes organ, chamber, and orchestral music, as well as vocal works.
    Daniel Roth is “Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur,” “Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres,” and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Organists. In 2006, he was awarded the European Church Music Prize in Schwäbisch Gmünd.

    Prof. Helmut Deutsch,
    has been a professor in Stuttgart since 2013 and was previously professor at the Musikhochschule in Freiburg. He is prizewinner of both national and international competitions, most recently in the Liszt Competition in Budapest. He is active as an international concert artist, lecturer, and jurist and has produced many CDs (“Diapason d’or” Paris for the organ works of Liszt). He transcribes many works from piano and orchestral works for the organ.

    Kit Downes

    Kit writes, performs and teaches music, as well as playing the piano, church organ and various other keyboards in a variety of different ensembles. At the age of 12, Kit was an organ scholar in Norwich (St. Peter Mancroft) as well as playing at the Cathedral (where he was a chorister), before he started studying piano and organ at the Purcell Music School - studying organ under David Dunnet and Katherine Dienes-Williams. He later went on to study at the Royal Academy of Music, (where he is now a tutor and Associate) at which he time he also began performing with and composing for the UK band 'Empirical' – with whom he toured the US, Canada and Europe, whilst also performing with Micachu, Lee Kontiz and Django Bates.
    Kit has received a BBC Jazz Award, a British Jazz Award and a Mercury Music Award nomination for his own albums, and now tours with his own group ‘ENEMY’, ‘Vyamanikal’, Josienne Clarke, Julian Arguelles and Aidan O’Rourke. In 2013-18 he has been nominated in the Rising Star category in Downbeat Magazine (US) (in piano and organ categories), and in 2014 won the 'Best Album Award' at the Parliamentary Jazz Awards. In 2015 Kit recorded his first album for ECM with Thomas Strønen’s ‘Time is a Blind Guide’. Kit now teaches at the Royal Academy of Music and is also a patron of the ‘Musical Keys’ charity. He has since performed solo organ concerts at Lausanne Cathedral, 3 Choirs Festival UK, Cologne Philharmonie, Royal Festival Hall, Aarhus Symfoni, St Paul’s as part of Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, The Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church as part of Berlin Jazz Festival, Darmstadt Organ Festival and the Kashiwaya-Gakki Forum Hall in Tokyo. He released a solo organ record of his own music on the ECM label in January 2018 to critical acclaim, and is touring in support of that record over the next two years (with upcoming performances at Kolligienkirche in Salzburg, Liebfrauenkirche in Leipzig, The Abbey of La Cambre in Brussels and The Royal Festival Hall in London).
    In 2015 he worked with Aldeburgh Music and Tom Challenger on a project called ‘Vyamanikal’ - a series of recordings documenting extended techniques on various local church organs (often in various states of disrepair) - the project was later performed live at the Aldeburgh Festival as well as Manchester Jazz Festival and London Jazz Festival, as well as being made into a film. The same year he performed original commissions by Shiva Feshareki for Aarhus Symfoni and the Union Chapel Organ. He has previously been commissioned by The Wellcome Trust, Folded Wing for BBC Radio 2, BBC Jazz on 3, Cheltenham Jazz Festival, London Contemporary Music Festival and Aldeburgh Music, as well as co-curating a music technology instillation at Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2016.

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    Prof. Jörg Halubek
    is one of the most promising early music specialists. This season, he has received great acclaim with Monteverdi's "Marienvesper" at the Nationaltheater Mannheim and "Anfang und Ende - B.A.C.H.⁶¹" at the Staatsoper Kassel. Some highlight of the 2018/2019 season have been his debut at the Komische Oper Berlin as musical director for Handel's "Poros." His Baroque orchestra, “il Gusto Barocco,” was invited to be the festival orchestra for the Bach Week Ansbach, under his direction. He has been invited to conduct at numerous traditional theaters and festivals, including at the "Händel-Festspiele Hall" 2018 and has been a regular conductor at the Staatsoper Kassel since 2012.
    An interpreter of historical keyboard instruments, Jörg Halubek has won several awards in recent years, including awards for his recording of Bach's violin sonatas with Leila Schayegh. Recently, the first recording of Johann David Heinichen's "Flavio" with "il Gusto Barocco" was released, under his direction. This spring, the first part of his complete recording of the organ works of Johann Sebastian Bach on original instruments will be released. |

    Prof. Dr. Ludger Lohmann
    was born in 1954 in Herne/Westfalen. He studied school music, church music, musicology, philosophy, and geography at the Musikhochschule and University of Cologne. His teachers there included Wolfgang Stockmeier (organ) and Hugo Ruf (harpsichord). Further organ studies were with Anton Heiller in Vienna and Marie-Claire Alain in Paris. He received prizes from numerous organ competitions, including the ARD-competition in Munich in 1979, and he won the Grand Prix of Chartres in 1982.
    In 1981, he published his highly-acclaimed dissertation “Studies on Articulation Problems with Keyboard Instruments of the 16th to 18th Centuries,” now a standard study for interpreters of organ music. For many years now, his research interests have also spread towards the realm of romantic organ music. From 1979-1984, Ludger Lohmann taught organ at the Musikhochschule in Cologne, and since 1983, he has lived and worked in Stuttgart as Professor in the Musikhochschule there. He was organist at the Cathedral St. Eberhard for 25 years.
    He performs around the world; radio, television, and CD productions document the diversity of his repertoire, with a focus on old and romantic organ music. Ludger Lohmann is a sought-after jury member for many international organ competitions. Central to his interests, however, is his teaching of his organ studio at Stuttgart, which has attracted students from throughout the world. Guest professorships and masterclasses have led him to numerous colleges of music and universities in many countries and to international organ academies, including the Academies in Haarlem (the Netherlands) and Gothenberg (Sweden), where he also works as a senior researcher in the organ research projects of the university.

    Prof. Jürgen Essl

    studied church music and organ concert music in Stuttgart, Bordeaux, and Vienna. Since 2003, he has been professor of the Stuttgart Musikhochschule. Jürgen Essl maintains a busy concert schedule as soloist and improviser, performing regularly in festivals, cathedrals, and concert halls. As a composer of instrumental and vocal works, he is known more and more to a wider audience. Many of his over 30 CD recordings have received accolades, and his most recent recording with improvisations at the Cathedral of Mexico City listed at Fono Forum as “CD of the Year” 2018, as well as in the English magazine musicweb-international as “CD of the Year.”

    Prof. Johannes Mayr

    was born 1963 and studied Catholic church music from 1981-1987 in Stuttgart, with Rudolf Walter, Ludger Lohmann, and Willibald Bezler, among others. From 1991-2001, he worked as a full-time church musician with “Deacon’s orders” in Bad Wurzach, from 2001 to 2011 in Stuttgart’s St. Fidelis, and from 2004 as Regional Kantor in Stuttgart. From 1992 to 2007, he was lecturer for liturgical organ playing/organ improvisation in Augsburg (Leopold Mozart Conservatory/Musikhochschule Nürnberg-Augsburg). Since 2004 he has taught organ literature and liturgical organ playing at the Tübingen Hochschule for church music. Since 2009 he has taught organ improvisation at the Stuttgart Musikhochschule. Since 2011 he has been cathedral organist at the St. Eberhard Cathedral in Stuttgart.
    He has been organ consultant for the Diocese of Rottenburg-Stuttgart since 1991. His extensive research of organology, especially that of the Upper Swabian organ landscape, can be found in several published books.

    Prof. Stefania Neonato, DMA

    first studied in her hometown of Trento, where she earned diplomas in piano as well as in language and and literary studies.
    She continued her musical studies with Alexander Lonquich, Riccardo Zandra, and Leonid Margarius and, later, under the direction of Stefano Fiuzzi at the Accademia Internazionale in Imola, taking the master’s examination in fortepiano. She earned her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Historical Performance Practice from Cornell University in New York, studying with Malcolm Bilson, where she also worked as piano assistant from 2006-2008.
    Since April 2013, Stefania Neonato has held the professorship for fortepiano at the Musikhochschule in Stuttgart.
    Her repertoire ranges from Viennese classical music to late romanticism and is documented by notable recordings of solo works (Mozart, Haydn, Clementi, Beethoven [OrangeHomeRecords]) as well as chamber music (Schubert, Beethoven, Hummel, and Weber with flautist Fabio de Rosa [Dynamic]).
    Her collection of instruments includes a replica of a Walter & Sons (1805) (McNulty, 2008), a fortepiano of Conrad Graf (1819), a fortepiano of Joseph Brodmann (1790), a Böhm (1827), a Stodart “square” (1839), a Pleyel (1841), and an Erard (1853).

    Tobias Wittmann

    is regional Kantor of the Cathedral Municipal Deanery in Stuttgart and church musician of St. Fidelis, where was named a church music center as part of the “Awakening” project. In addition to performing regularly large oratorios with the sacred choir of St. Fidelis, he worked with the Solist-Ensemble Fidelis on primarily a cappella choir literature of all eras. In 2015, the CD recording “Erwartungen” was released.
    With the series KlangRaum, Tobias Wittmann has placed particular emphasis on the interdisciplinary dialogue between sacred music and other mediums of art in St. Fidelis for several years.
    He is particularly interested in organ improvisation, which he studied to a great extent after completing his studies in church music (A-Exam) at the Stuttgart Musikhochschule with a master’s degree with Prof. Jürgen Essl and Johannes Mayr. As organist, he regularly performs with organ literature and improvisation programs, both as a soloist and with other renowned artists. In 2013, he was winner of the competition “Orgelimprovisationen im Gottesdienst” (Organ improvisation in mass).
    At the Stuttgart Musikhochschule, he has a teaching assignment for organ improvisation and organ architecture.