Cathedral-Organist KMD Prof. Silvius von Kessel
Honorary Professor of 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 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 in Thuringia
- concerts across the globe
- adjudicator at national and international organ competitions
- numerous radio, TV, and CD productions