Wolfgang Abendroth – Organ and Harpsichord

Wolfgang Abendroth was born in 1978 into a musical family in Osnabrück: at six he began to learn the piano, and at eleven the organ. In 1997 at national level in the competition Jugend musiziert he won first prize for organ; for piano and oboe, too, he won prizes. As a student of church music at the Hochschule fürMusik in Cologne he studied piano, organ, improvisation, conducting andsinging. As an organist he went on to win major prizes internationally.

 

He has performed widely in Europe and in South America, and he has been invited to many festivals. As both pianist and organist he has broadcast on German radio; and on CDs he has recorded improvisations for organ and works by Oskar Gottlieb Blarr.

 

In 2002 he was appointed cantor and organist at the Johanneskirche, Düsseldorf’s principal Protestant church. As artistic director of its choir, and of Düsseldorf’s Chamber Choir, he has shown himself – as conductor, organist, pianist, cembalist – to be an impassioned and inspiring innovator. (OCMF artists participate at Easter in his ‘Chamberjam’.) In 2010 the city of Düsseldorf officially recognised his contribution to its musical life. Wolfgang has been teaching, too: since 2005 at the Hochschule für Kirchenmusik in Herford, and since 2013 at the Hochschule in Cologne where once he studied himself.