Prof. Dr. Dr. Alexander  Grychtolik

Prof. Dr. Dr. Alexander Grychtolik

Honorary Professor of Improvisation on Historical Keyboard Instruments

Subject/Instrument: Improvisation


Alexander Grychtolik is harpsichordist, improviser and Bach researcher. Together with his partner Aleksandra Grychtolik, he can look back on more than 15 years of worldwide concert activity in the field of historical improvisation as well as the interpretation of harpsichord works: their debut CD "Fantasia baroque" with harpsichord improvisations on Bach, Bertali and Pasquini (COVIELLO) was awarded "excellent recording" by Early Music Review. As a conductor, Alexander Grychtolik has appeared at many of the most important Bach festivals, including the Bach Festival Leipzig, the Musikfest Stuttgart, the Festival Bach de Lausanne, the Frankfurt Bach Concerts and as Artis in Residence at the International Bach Festival Schaffhausen.

In 2008 Alexander Grychtolik founded the ensemble "Deutsche Hofmusik", with which he has made internationally acclaimed first recordings of reconstructed vocal works by J. S. Bach for Sony/DHM: the CD recording of the "Köthen Funeral Musik" BWV 244a released in 2015 was nominated for the German Record Critics' Prize and praised as an "important contribution to the reception of Bach". The homage cantata "Erwählte Pleissenstadt" BWV 216a was included in the complete Bach recording of Deutsche Grammophon ("Bach 333"). In 2019, the "Shepherds Cantata" BWV 249a (secular original version of the Easter Oratorio) was re-recorded and the "Coronation Cantata" BWV 205a for August III of Poland was recorded for the first time.

His Bach reconstructions have been published by the music publisher Edition Peters, among others, and are performed by renowned interpreters such as Jordi Savall and ensembles such as the Netherlands Bach Society, including the late version of the St Mark Passion BWV 247 from 1744, which was verified in 2009.

As music researcher, he combines artistic and scientific questions, which are accompanied by publications in the Bach Jahrbuch, among others, and include topics such as the virtual reconstruction of historically significant concert halls and scenic performance practice. His most recent project in this area is the research and performance of the unfinished Passion Oratorio BWV Anh. 169 from 1725, which he reconstructed and completed as a fragment. Teaching activities and guest lectures have also taken him to the Music Academy in Frankfurt am Main. He was a scholarship holder of the Alfred Toepfer Foundation.

Alexander Grychtolik studied harpsichord with Bernhard Klapprott at the University of Music FRANZ LISZT in Weimar and with Frédérick Haas at the Royal Conservatory in Brussels. At the same time, he studied architecture at the Bauhaus University in Weimar, where he completed his doctorate in the field of musical cultural heritage conservation. He completed a second, musicological doctorate at the Music Academy in Hamburg.

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