Prof. Bernhard Klapprott

Prof. Bernhard  Klapprott
Photo: Guido Werner

Professor of Harpsichord, Clavichord, Early Fortepiano, Organ (Early Music) and Basso continuo
Director of the Department of Early Music



  • Studied harpsichord with Hugo Ruf and Bob van Asperen, organ with Michael Schneider and Ewald Kooiman and church music as well as, in masterclasses, continuo playing with Jesper Christensen and organ with Michael Radulescu; intensive studies in clavichord playing
  • Graduated from his studies in Cologne with degrees in harpsichord and organ performance as well as church music and in Amsterdam with an advanced degree in harpsichord performance "with distinction"
  • In 1991 was awarded 1st Prize at the 10th International Organ Competition (Bach / Mozart) at the Festival van Vlaanderen in Bruges
  • Concertises internationally as a keyboard soloist, continuo player and conductor; radio- and TV-recordings; jury member in competitions
  • CD-recordings including the complete keyboard music of Thomas Tomkins (harpsichord, virginal, organ, 4 CDs, MDG), sonatas of Georg Anton Benda (clavichord built by J.G. Horn, 1788, AEOLUS), concertos for 3 and 4 harpsichords of Johann Sebastian Bach (Virgin Classics), organ music of Johann Sebastian Bach (part of the complete recordings on organs built by A. and J. A. Silbermann, AEOLUS), South German Keyboard Music around 1600 (Clavicytherium, c. 1620, AEOLUS); serveral CD-awards, including several times "Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik" and "ECHO Klassik“
  • Founder and conductor, together with Christoph Dittmar, of the ensemble CANTUS THURINGIA & CAPELLA, numerous concerts with music from the 16th to 18th centuries in instrumental and vocal formations emphasising Central German music as well as performances of staged works combined with historical acting; CD premiere recordings (cpo) of cantatas, passions and oratorios e.g. by Reinhard Keiser, Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow, Georg Friedrich Händel, Georg Gebel d.J., Johann Peter Kellner, Johann Christoph Rothe and Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
  • Initiated the project "Music Legacy Thuringia" which has been dedicated to the rediscovery and publication of mainly unknown Thuringian vocal and instrumental music (CD series with cpo and editions)
  • Publication of several essays, among it the extensive essay "playing singable and connected – aspects of vocality in playing the clavichord, represented by sources of the time of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach“ (in: The development of keyboard playing from Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach to Clara Schumann, Michaelsteiner Konferenzberichte vol. 82)
  • Taught at the University in Dortmund and at the Universities of Music in Detmold, Herford and Bremen
  • Master classes and guest lectures in Europe und the U.S. (Juilliard/New York, Eastman/Rochester, Boston University)
  • Since 1994 Professor of Harpsichord/ Early Keyboard Instruments and Basso continuo (Department of Early Music) as well as for organ (16th to 18th cent. repertoire) at the University of Music FRANZ LISZT Weimar

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