The Very Best Pedal Piece

Stefan Kiessling
April 2, 2019 1:00 PM–1:50 PM

Stefan Kießling is a concert organist from Leipzig, Germany who has performed in Europe, America, Africa, Australia and Asia.

The Very Best Pedal Piece

Johann Sebastian Bach
Pedal harpsichord recital

Stefan Kießling is a concert organist who has performed in more than 24 countries across Europe, America, Africa, Australia and Asia. In 2009-2018 he served as Assistant Organist at St. Thomas Church, Leipzig, where J.S. Bach served for the last quarter-century of his life, in which Stefan worked with the St. Thomas Boy’s Choir and the Gewandhaus Orchestra. Solo concerts were held in St. Thomas Church Leipzig, Konzerthaus Berlin, St Thomas Church New York City, Washington National Cathedral, London Westminster Abbey, St Paul’s Cathedral, Kreuzkirche Dresden, Scot’s Church Melbourne, Philharmony Ekaterinburg and many others. Stefan completed his post-graduate study with Prof. Stefan Engels, and participated in Masterclasses with Tom Koopman, Wolfgang Rübsam, and Hans-Ola Ericsson. After his studying in 2008, he started working at the Braunschweig Cathedral, and then Klosterkirche Cottbus. In Cottbus he taught at the conservatory, directed an international concert series. He made several recordings for radio broadcast and television. His repertoire encompasses all epochs, from Bach and his predecessors to the contemporary music of György Ligeti, Phillip Glass and others. Of special interest are not only the toccatas and fantasias of Bach and the Baroque era, but compositions of the late 19th and early 20th century such as Max Reger and Maurice Duruflé. In addition to playing concerts and services, Stefan is also engaged in educating young organists, including giving Masterclasses and workshops. Stefan has always had an enthusiasm for colorful and unique organ registration, and this led him to develop a computer software for organ combination systems, which is used across Europe.


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