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25 August 2019 5:15pm

Kai Krakenberg (Husum, Germany)


Guy H. Eldrige (1904-1976):
Fanfare for St. Michael and All Angels

Albert Renaud (1855-1924):
Toccata en ré mineur, from: Deux Toccatas pour Grand Orgue Op. 108 (1907)

Louis Vierne (1870-1937):
"Intermezzo" aus: Pièces de Fantasie, Première Suite op. 51
"Impromptu" aus: Pièces de Fantasie, Troisième Suite op. 54
"Cathédrales" aus: Pièces de Fantasie, Quatrième Suite op.55

David German (*1954):
Festive Trumpet Tune

Percy Whitlock (1903-1946):
Folk tune
Nr.3 Scherzetto, from: Organ Sonata in c minor

Petr Eben (1929-2007):
from: "Job"
Nr. 3 Acceptance of suffering
Nr. 4 Longing for death
Nr. 8 God's reward

Kai Krakenberg was born in 1970 in Essen, where he also grew up and attended school and music college. From 1982 until 1992 he was a student of Heiner Graßt, who was his only organ teacher before he began his conservatoire studies.

While still at high school he took up an organist's post in Essen-Kray. He held this position until shortly before his church music exams in 1997. He studied sacred music (organ, piano and conducting) at the Folkwang College of Music in Essen with Professors Gisbert Schneiderand Gerd Zacher. He successfully completed his professional exams and received his degree in 1997. During his studies he acted as assistant to Professor Schneider. He also took part in many masterclasses and courses both in Germany and abroad (The Netherlands, France, Denmark, Italy and the U.S.A.) with internationally renowned organists.

Between 1997 and 2000 he was Director of Music at the Lutheran Garrison Church in Augustdorf/Lippe, and between 2000 and 2005 he held the same post at the Lutheran Church in Hamburg-Bergstedt.

Since April 2005 Kai Krakenburg has been Director of Music and Organist at the Church of St. Mary in Husum, counting among his predecessors Nicolaus Bruhns. In addition, he is the music director for the North Frisia church district and directs a regional training scheme for church musicians.

Kai has performed the complete organ works of J.S. Bach in 28 concerts at St. Mary's, Husum. In addition, his personal interest focuses on the works of the northern German school as well as the great organ works of German, French and English-speaking composers. As an organist, he has given concerts in almost every European country, Russia and Asia, as well as the United States and Canada.

Free admission.