Cathedral-Organist KMD Prof. Silvius  von Kessel

Cathedral-Organist KMD Prof. Silvius von Kessel

Honorary Professor of Organ

Subject/Instrument: Organ

Klostergebäude Am Palais

  • church music studies at the Folkwang Hochschule Essen—including organ with Prof. Gisbert Schneider, and Gregorian chant with Prof. Dr Godehard Joppich
  • 1991, A diploma with distinction
  • 1991–1994, studies of organ (concert diploma) with Prof. Olivier Latry, titular organist at the Great Organ of Notre Dame, Paris
  • 1994, 'Diplôme de Concertiste'
  • since 1994, organist and cantor at Erfurt Cathedral (St Marien); since 1995, organ advisor and responsible for church music in the episcopate of Erfurt
  • 1995–2004, and since 2007, lecturer of organ (repertoire and improvisation) at the University of Music FRANZ LISZT Weimar
  • 1995, founder of the international organ concert series at Erfurt Cathedral, the organ concerts by students, and the days of church music Erfurt
  • initiator and artistic director of the international organ competition Erfurt, 'Domberg-Prediger'
  • co-initiator and artistic director of the international BACH | LISZT organ competition Erfurt-Weimar
  • since summer 2004, president of the newly founded Thüringer Bachwochen e. V.; artistic director of the Thüringer Bachwochen, the largest music festival on classical music in Thuringia
  • 2017/18 Composition of "Missa Cum Jubilo" for soloists, mixed choir, children's choir, organ and orchestra – a symphonic piece, which premièred in September 2019 at Erfurt Cathedral
  • concerts across the globe
  • adjudicator at national and international organ competitions, e.g. (2017) at the International Organ Competition Canada (CIOCM)
  • numerous radio, TV, and CD productions

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