Prof. Dr. Alexander Grychtolik
Honorary Professor of Improvisation on Historical Keyboard Instruments
The experience of ancient music as a creative process is the main artistic vision of Alexander Grychtolik. His concert per-formances are dedicated to the revival of the art of improvisation by Johann Sebastian Bach and his contemporaries, also in order to further the understanding of what is called "historically informed performance".
With this goal in mind, the harpsichord player – who was born in Berlin and who studied with Bernhard Klapprott and Frédérick Haas – taught the practice of Baroque improvisation at University of Music FRANZ LISZT Weimar, the first such position in a German conservatory. He also taught for instance at the Frankfurt music academy.
Alexander Grychtolik spent many years exploring the art of Baroque composition, an endeavour that culminated in a number of inter-nationally renowned reconstructions of Bach vocal works, broadcast on German and other European public radio networks. Critics praised the reconstructions as a "delightful experience" (NMZ online 3/2010), as "conclusive" (Concerto 232/2010) and as a reconstruction reflecting an "intimate understanding of Bach's style" (Tibia 3/2008). Together with the publisher Edition Peters he also brought out a first reconstruction of the late version of Bach's St. Mark Passion BWV 247 from 1744 - a version that was only authenticated in 2009 - and a first publication of the so called "Köthener Trauer-musik" BWV 244a from 1729.
Alexander Grychtolik founded the ensemble "Deutsche Hofmusik" in 2008. In elected projects the ensemble devotes to reviving the musical tradition of Baroque courts in Middle Germany, especially occasional works.