Prof. Martin Schmeding (Germany) 21.03.2015

To celebrate 330th anniversary of Johann Sebastian Bach's birthday, Poznań Music Academy and the City of Poznań invite you to attend an open lecture and a concert of professor Martin Schmeding from Freiburg, an outstanding specialist and interpreter of Bach's works.

The open lecture will be held on 21 March 2015 at 9.30 in Stefan Stuligrosz Hall at the Music Academy (ul. Św. Marcin 87). On the same day at 10 p.m. a concert will be held in Aula Nova of the Music Academy (Pl. S. Stuligrosza 1).

The concert will be accompanied by a dancing routine performed by the students of the Institute of Eurhythmics and Piano Improvisation of the Poznań's University.

Martin Schmeding, born in 1975 in Minden (Westphalia), studied church music, music education, pipe organ (Konzertexamen) as well as conducting, harpsichord and music theory in Hanover, Amsterdam and Dusseldorf. He learned from e.g. Ulrich Bremsteller, Lajos Rovatkay, Hans van Nieuwkoop, Jacques van Oorterssen and Jean Boyer. The artist received awards from prestigious music contests held in Berlin, Nuremberg, Magdeburg, Ljubljana, Brugge and was among the finalists of the ARD contest in Munich.

Martin Schmeding was a cantor and organist in Hanover, Dusseldorf and Dresden (Kreuzkirche); since 2004 he is a professor of pipe organs at Hochschule für Musik in Freiburg and directs the Institute of Church Music, established at his initiative in October 2012.

His output consists of numerous recordings made for TV, radio as well as CDs (e.g. a complete set of organ works by J. Brahms, F. Mendelssohn Bartholdy, F. Schmidt, the first recording of pedal piano works by Robert Schumann and the organ version of Goldberg Variations by J.S. Bach), publications and note editions (Butz, Carus, Herder, Schott).

Martin Schmeding is working as a soloist and a chamber artist in the country and abroad (Europe, Asia, America), he is also a juror in international organ contests.

In 2009 he received the award of German critics, and a year later - the title of instrumentalist of the year of Echo-Klassik 2010 for the recording of J.S.Bach's Goldberg Variations.

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