Otto is an outstanding improviser and a regular concert artist, with an astonishing ability to improvise in all styles and in traditional forms, encompassing Suites, Partitas, Variations and symphonies. He studied at the Folkwang-Hochschule Essen and at the Robert-Schumann-Hochschule in Düsseldorf and since 1993 has been kantor and organist in Straelen, Germany. In 1995 he won first prize at the Montbrison Improvsation Competition. He teaches improvisation at the Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey and gives regular organ concerts, with an emphasis on improvisation through the ages and styles. Otto’s easy manner and good humour have made him a popular and sought-after teacher.
Gerard was organ scholar at Lincoln College, Oxford where he studied with Susi Jeans. He then studied for two years with Daniel Roth at Strasbourg Conservatoire and subsequently with Nicolas Kynaston. He is Associate Director of Music at All Souls, Langham Place and a tutor for the St. Giles International Organ School, where he specialises in improvisation and French romantic repertoire. He records regularly for the Priory label, and has just finished a complete recording of the organ works of Eugène Gigout, and this year begins a project to record the organ music of Saint-Saëns.
Duncan first studied organ with Norris Marshall in London and made further studies in Bordeaux and Lourdes for over eight years, with particular emphasis on liturgical and concert improvisation. He was appointed Organiste Titulaire at the French Church of Notre Dame de France, Leicester Place in 1989.
Sophie is Assistant Organist to Daniel Roth at St. Sulpice, Paris. She began her musical education at Le Mans Conservatoire and won gold medals for organ and piano. After studies at the Paris Conservatoire she was awarded prizes in harmony, counterpoint, fugue, organ and improvisation. She won second prize at the Chartres competition in 1990. She is also organist at St. Jean-Baptiste de la Salle in Paris. She is a regular performer on Radio France and gives many recitals throughout France and abroad.
Pascal is Organist of Strasbourg Cathedral. He studied with Daniel Roth and won many prizes as a student. He teaches both in Strasbourg and at Mulhouse Conservatoire and is in regular demand as a performer, with special emphasis on improvisation.
Nigel enjoys an international reputation as a performer, teacher and composer. As an improvisor, he is universally regarded as one of the world’s finest. He has held teaching positions at various schools as well as the Royal Northern College of Music, and has for many years taught at Oxford and Cambridge Universities and the Royal Academy of Music. In 1986 he founded the International Summer Organ Conservatoire. He has been a jury member of a number of international competitions and has made several recordings. Nigel is an inspiring and encouraging teacher and he is largely responsible for the interest and revival in the teaching of improvisation in the United Kingdom.
Loïc is professor of improvisation at the Paris and Lyon Conservatoires and Organiste Titulaire at St. Pothin, Lyon. Born in 1947, he studied law and music first at Rennes Conservatoire and then in Paris where he obtained five first prizes under Jeanine Ruff, Henriette Puig-Roger, Bernard de Crepy, Rolande Falcinelli and Olivier Messiaen. He also won first prize at the international competitions of Lyon (organ and piano) and Chartres (organ). He gives numerous concerts and masterclasses in France and abroad, specialising in the symphonic repertoire and improvisation and he is a juror on many renowned national and international competitions (Haarlem, Chartres, Biarritz etc). Loïc Mallié has had a number of compositions published by Lemoine, Notissimo and Fuzeau and has recorded several CDs of improvisation, most recently a disc of improvisations on Wagnerian themes recorded at La Madeleine, Paris.
Martin (Guest Tutor) was born in 1970 in Germany and studied at the Robert-Schumann-Hochschule in Düsseldorf before completing a postgraduate course with Daniel Roth at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Frankfurt. He has also participated in numerous master classes for organ and improvisation with, among others, Ben van Oosten, Ewald Kooiman, Jon Laukvik, Olivier Latry and Marie-Claire Alain. Since January 1999, he has held the posts of cantor and organist of the magnificent Constantine Basilica in Trier and Professor of organ and improvisation at the Musikhochschule in Cologne. He won first prize in the international organ competition in Elberg and at the improvisation competition in Schwäbisch Gmünd.