Prof. Martin Sturm

Prof. Martin  Sturm
Photo: Guido Werner

Professor of Organ and Organ Improvisation
Course Head Diploma Church Music

Klostergebäude Am Palais


Martin Sturm, born 1992 in Velburg, Bavaria has won international competitions for interpretation and improvisation. These include 1st and special prizes for the best performance on historical organs at the interpretation competition of the International Organ Week Nuremberg 2018, 1st prize at the International Improvisation Competition Schwäbisch Gmünd 2017, and 1st prize at the competition of the International Organ Festival Albans 2013.

In 2018, he was awarded the Bavarian culture prize “Kulturpreis Bayern” from Bayernwerk AG under the patronage of the Bavarian Ministry for Science and Art. In 2017, he received the University Association Würzburg Keck-Köppe-Foundation scholarship prize for “exceptional artistic achievement, particularly in the areas of organ playing and improvisation”. His concerts have regularly led Martin Sturm to international festivals, such as the International Organ Festival Bergamo, the International Organ Festival St. Albans or the International Organ Week Nuremberg. In addition, he performs in important churches and cathedrals and large European concert halls as well as on many famous historical organs. He also plays as a soloist on a number of historical keyboard instruments, such as clavichord, harpsichord, or theatre organs – and is an active jazz pianist as well.

Martin Sturm has also drawn attention as a composer. He has composed a diverse oeuvre and has received commissions from the John-Cage-Organ-Foundation Halberstadt and the Monteverdi-Choir Würzburg, amongst others. He is also very active in the areas of research and organ building: He initiates and oversees organ restoration projects and the building of new instruments, undertakes research on historical instruments and the future development of the organ, and is regularly invited to international symposiums.

Martin Sturm studied church music (exam A) and organ at the University of Music Würzburg under Prof. Christoph Bossert with a scholarship from the “Stiftung des Deutschen Volkes” (Foundation of the German Folk). Subsequently, he undertook his Masters’ degree from 2017 to 2019 at the University of Music Leipzig under Prof. Martin Schmeding and Prof. Thomas Lennartz. He has also taken master classes with Theo Brandmüller, Henry Fairs, Lászlo Fassang, Andrés Cea Galán, Wolfgang Seifen, Ulrich Süße and Balázs Szabó, amongst others.

He taught improvisation and liturgical organ as a TA at the University of Music Würzburg from 2013 to 2017 and then from 2019 at the University of Music and Theatre “Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy” Leipzig. Martin Sturm has been the new professor for organ and organ improvisation at the Department of Music Education and Church Music at the University of Music FRANZ LISZT Weimar since the winter semester 2019/20.

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