Dominik Susteck

Dominik Susteck (born in Bochum, Germany in 1977) studied from 1998 to 2005 at the Folkwang Hochschule in Essen, the Hochschule for Music and Dance in Cologne, and the music Hochschule in Saarbrücken with an emphasis on sacred music, music theory, and composition; he completed his concert examination in organ. At the Study Seminar in Wuppertal, he completed the second State Examination in Music. During his church music studies, he held a lecturer’s position for music theory and organ at the Bishop’s Sacred Music School in Essen, which he used for the dissemination and inclusion of contemporary music in church activities. He has also served as a lecturer at the Folkwang University in Essen, the Robert Schumann Hochschule in Düsseldorf, and at the Franz Liszt Hochschule in Weimar; he has been a guest lecturer at the Hochschule for Music and Dance in Cologne, the Hochschule for Sacred Music in Dresden, as well with the Archdiocese of Cologne, the Diocese of Essen, and the Diocese of Mainz. Of particular importance to him is work with young people, with whom he has worked on projects dedicated to compositions by György Ligeti, Kurt Schwitters, John Cage, and Terry Riley, among others.

Since 2007, he has been the successor to Peter Bares as composer and organist at St. Peter’s Art Station in Cologne, where his improvisation concerts have attracted particular notice. Susteck has played numerous premiere performances of works by composers including Peter Bares, Erik Janson, Johannes S. Sistermanns, Stefan Froleyks, and Peter Köszeghy. His concerts have been broadcast by various German radio networks (among them Deutschlandfunk, WDR [West German Radio], and Saarland Radio). Dominik Susteck is the director of the international festival “orgel-mixturen” and has been a guest at festivals for contemporary organ music in Berlin and Frankfurt. As a composer and organist, he has been awarded a number of prizes (among them the first prize in the Aeolian Trio Composition Competition in 2004, the Klaus Martin Ziegler Prize in 2008 in Kassel, and the first prize in composition in the “organ plus” competition at the music Hochschule in Mainz in 2010, 2012 price contemporary sacred music Schwäbisch Gmünd, german record critics’ award, 2013 german music competition in composition.)

Iveta Apkalna

Latvian organist Iveta Apkalna is considered one of the leading instrumentalists in the world. Since 2017 she has served as the titular organist of the Klais organ at the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, Germany. For the January 2017 opening of the hall she took part in the two world premieres of the evening: Wolfgang Rihm’s Triptychon und Spruch in memoriam Hans Henny Jahnn with Thomas Hengelbrock and the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra and Jörg Widmann’s ARCHE with Kent Nagano and the Philharmonic State Orchestra Hamburg. In September 2018 Berlin Classics released the album “Light & Dark”, the first solo album recorded on the Klais organ at the Elbphilharmonie.

Since Iveta Apkalna’s debut with the Berlin Philharmonic under the baton of Claudio Abbado in 2007 she has performed with a number of the world’s top orchestras including the Bavarian Radio Symphony, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. She has collaborated with renowned conductors such as the late Mariss Jansons, Marek Janowski, Kent Nagano, Thomas Hengelbrock, Gustavo Dudamel, Sir Antonio Pappano and Andris Nelsons and frequently appeared at the Lucerne Festival, Rheingau Musik Festival, Ludwigsburg Castle Festival and Schleswig-Holstein Festival.

Iveta Apkalna regulary performs in Europe’s, North America’s and China’s most renowned concert venues. In October 2018 Iveta Apkalna inaugurated the new Klais organ at the opening concerts of the National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts in Taiwan, where she also recorded her latest solo album for Berlin Classics in January 2020 slated for release in fall of 2020. Since 2019 Ms. Apkalna has been “Artist in Residence” of the Konzertkirche Neubrandenburg, whose instrument was developed in 2017 by the Berlin organ manufacturer Karl Schuke and the Bonn organ builder Johannes Klais in collaboration with Iveta Apkalna.

Iveta Apkalna is dedicated to contemporary music and performs works by Naji Hakim, Ēriks Ešenvalds, Arturs Maskats or Thierry Escaich. Together with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam she presented the world premiere of Multiversum, a commissioned composition of Péter Eötvös, during an extensive Europe tour in Autumn 2017. Pascal Dusapin’s work Waves for organ and orchestra was premiered by Iveta Apkalna in January 2020 together with the Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra under the baton of Kent Nagano.

Throughout her career, Iveta Apkalna has earned international recognition for honours and competitions.

In 2018 and in 2020 she awarded the “Latvian Grand Music Award”, the most prestigious award in music in Latvia, in the category “Concert of the Year”. On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Latvia, Iveta Apkalna was awarded the “Order of the Three Stars”, the highest civilian order awarded for meritorious service to Latvia by the state president. Furthermore, she was appointed cultural ambassador of Latvia by receiving the “Excellence Award in Culture 2015” from the Latvian Ministry of Culture.

French-German TV network ARTE broadcast in 2008 a documentary about her titled “Dancing with the Organ”. Iveta Apkalna became the first organist to receive the title of “Best Performing Artist” award at the 2005 ECHO Klassik.

Iveta Apkalna studied piano and organ at J. Vitols Latvian Academy of Music and continued her studies at the London Guildhall School of Music and Drama and at the National Academy of Music and Fine Arts in Stuttgart. Born in Latvia, Iveta Apkalna makes her home in Berlin and in Riga.

Johannes Mayr

»The Hundred Colours of Exile and Love«

CANCELED: »Love, Exile. A cultural dialogue«

A cooperation with Deutsch-Französischer Kulturkreis.

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Bernard Foccroulle

Bernard Foccroulle was born in Liège (Belgium) in 1953. He began his international career as an organist in the mid-70s, playing a wide range of repertoire from Renaissance to Contemporary Music. He has performed several dozen world premieres by Brian Ferneyhough, Xavier Darasse and Pascal Dusapin, among others. He is also considered a specialist of the Northern German School, interpreting works by composers such as Buxtehude, Böhm, Reincken and Bruhns.
An important aspect of Bernard Foccroulle’s work is the combination of music with other art forms. He has already worked with Australian video artist Lynette Wallworth, Catalonian choreographer and dancer Salva Sanchis, singer and oud player Moneim Adwan and cornet virtuoso Jean Tubéry.

As a composer, Bernard Foccroulle has above all written works for organ and chamber ensembles. In June 2007, his Lieder cycle “Am Rande der Nacht” (after Rainer Maria Rilke) for soprano, choir and orchestra was premiered at the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels.

Bernard Foccroulle has been Artistic Director of the Festival Aix-en-Provence since 2007. In 1993, he founded the association “Culture and Democracy”, which campaigns for widespread participation in cultural life.

Jörg Widmann © Marco Borggreve

Jörg Widmann & Markus Uhl: »Birdsong«

In cooperation with Unterwegstheater/Künstlerhaus/HebelHalle and Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele

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Christian Schmitt

Following invitations from the Berlin Philharmonic Foundation, Lucerne Festival, Salzburg Festival, and Cologne’s Philharmonic Hall, ECHO winner Christian Schmitt (b. 1976) has gone on to become one of the most sought-after concert organists of his generation. He studied church music (»A-Examen«) and concert performance (with distinction) in Saarbrücken and organ with James David Christie (Boston) and Daniel Roth (Paris). He received scholarships from the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes and the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben and won more than ten national and international organ and music competitions held in Atlanta, Bruges, Calgary, Philadelphia, Tokyo, and elsewhere as well as the German Music Competition in 2001. In 2003 he was awarded the »Pro Europa« soloist’s prize of the European Cultural Foundation.
Christian Schmitt concertizes around the globe – with European performances at venues such as the KKL in Lucerne, Tonhalle in Zurich, Philharmonic Hall and Konzerthaus in Berlin, Gewandhaus in Leipzig, and Konzerthaus in Vienna. He performs with orchestras such as the Bamberg Symphony – Bavarian State Philharmonic and the Beethoven Hall Orchestra of Bonn and with leading radio orchestras (BR, NDR, MDR, SR, and RSB). The artists with whom he has performed include Juiane Banse, Sibylla Rubens, Martin Grubinger, Michael Gielen, Wen-Sinn Yang, Reinhard Goebel, Roy Goodman, Christoph Poppen, Sir Roger Norrington, and Marek Janowksi.
During the 2012 season Schmitt will make his debut at the Salzburg Festival (duo with Magdalena Kozená). Further highlights during this season will include his appearance as a soloist with the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra at a concert celebrating its hundredth anniversary and a solo matinee with a premiere (Martin Herchenröder, b. 1961) at the Konzerthaus in Berlin. While holding an interim professorship at the Stuttgart College of Music, Schmitt taught Prof. Jürgen Essl’s organ class during the summer academic term in 2011. Furthermore, he is an instructor at the Bach International Academy in Stuttgart and teaches at the Saar College of Music. He regularly serves as a visiting instructor at music schools in Boston, Cremona, Oslo, Mexico, Moscow, Seoul, Tashkent, and (repeatedly) Bogotá. He is a member of the juries of the »Jugend musiziert« national youth competition, the »Soli Deo Gloria« competition in Moscow, and the German Music Competition.
Schmitt’s discography comprises more than thirty-five CD recordings featuring solo performances and live recordings for all the member radio stations of the German ARD network. With his recordings of modern, scientific complete editions of the works of G. F. Handel (ed. T. Koopman) and F. X. Brixi (Butz-Verlag) he encourages the development of organ playing combining the findings of musicological research and musical practice. Most recently, he recorded a number of works by Charles-Marie Widor for organ and orchestra with the Bamberg Symphony– Bavarian State Philharmonic. He is working on complete recordings of Koechlin, Widor, Gubaidulina, and Pachelbel (ed. M. Belotti) for the cpo label. He performed several works by Liszt and the members of his circle with the soprano Juliane Banse and the cellist Wen-Sinn Yang for a music film presented on ARTE in 2011 on the occasion of the two hundredth anniversary of the composer’s birth.
Since 2011 Christian Schmitt has worked with the Berlin Philharmonic Foundation, serving as its organ consultant.

Tatjana Ruhland © Marco Borggreve

Tatjana Ruhland & Christian Schmitt

In a letter to his father in 1777, Mozart referred to the organ as the king of instruments. Heidelberg’s Jesuit Church is a Mecca for organ devotees because it has two such monarchs to its name, both built by the Swiss organ builders Kuhn & Sons, one in 2009, the other in 2012. Echo Prize winner Christian Schmitt, recently appointed principal organist of the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, is joined by “Paganini of the flute” Tatjana Ruhland to put their instruments through their sonic paces in a programme of works traversing the 300 years from J.S. and C.P.E. Bach to the present.

Special thanks to
Freundeskreis Heidelberger Frühling


Jörg Tröger in an interview with Tatjana Ruhland (Audio german)

Tatjana Ruhland © Marco Borggreve