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Christoph Bossert (Organ)

Born: 1957 - Schwäbisch Hall, Germany

The German organist, Christoph Bossert, first attended the Protestant theological seminaries in Maulbronn and Blaubeuren. Afterwards he enrolled as a student at the Stuttgart Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in 1978. His teachers were Werner Jacob (Organ, composition), Kenneth Gilbert (harpsichord), Ulrich Süße and Helmut Lachenmann After graduating, he pursued further studies in organ, harpsichord and musicology with Luigi Ferdinando Tagliavini in Fribourg, Siwtzerland.

Christoph Bossertís own teaching positions to date have been as follows: Stuttgart Musikhochschule (1987-1991), Eßlingen Hochschule für Kirchenmusik (1987-1992), professor of Organ and head of the study commission on Protestant church music at the Trossingen Musikhochschule (since 1991).

Christoph Bossertís busy concert schedule over the years has included a concert tour of the USA in 1983 and performances of the organ cycle on Max Reger in Stuttgart and at the Schleswig Holstein Music Festival (1987). As a soloist at important recital series, e. g. in Nuremberg, Kassel, Stuttgart and Haarlem, Holland, he has given his energetic support to the performance and interpretation of contemporary music.

Among his many radio, TV and CD productions, special mention should be made of the the recording of all Max Reger's organ works on authentic instruments (Intercord/EMI); and of the first complete recording world-wide of Bachís Well-Tempered Clavier on 18th century organs. The organist has written a detailed study of new findings based on an analysis of the Well-tempered Clavier Book II (BWV 870-893) and the Clavier-Übung Part III, and these are to be published by the Freiburger Musik Forum. As the author of numerous musicological studies and lectures, Christoph Bossert has received considerable recognition from the international music community as of course he has for the compositions commissioned from him by radio stations and major festivals.

In the course of extensive study trips, in many publications, and in the capacity of consultant - he is at present advising on the reconstruction of the Johann Andreas Silbermann organ in the Benediktinerkirche in Villingen -, Christoph Bossert has made an intensive study of the different historic styles prevalent in European organ music, particularly that of the former German-speaking countries. He was the initiator of the 1st International Festival of New Organ Music in Trossingen, 1997, and the follow-up events, and of the Bad Wimpfen Organ Festival.

Among the many awards and prizes Christoph Bossert has received are the following: 1st prize at the Nuremberg International Organ Festival (1979), prize-winner at the Stuttgart Rotary Foundation (1981), prize-winner of the Lili Boulanger Memorial Fund of Boston (1989), The Ivan Lukacic Prize (Varazdin, Croatia, 1992). In 1998 he was appointed Kirchenmusikdirektor.


Source: Musikhochschule Trossinen Website
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (February 2007)

Christoph Bossert: Short Biography | Recordings of Instrumental Works

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