Bavarian Organist Jens Korndoerfer gives a concert in Montreal on Sunday, March 27th


Jens Korndörfer, one of the most promising young musicians in Germany and a renowned Bavarian organist, is currently completing his graduate studies at McGill University. He shall give a concert on Sunday the 27th at the church "Des Saints-Anges" (1400, boul. St-Joseph, Lachine, free entry – 5$ donation). The State of Bavaria Quebec Office invites all music lovers to come and discover this great talent!

Born in 1978, Jens Korndoerfer received his first piano lessons at age 10. Four years later he started organ. Be it in Bayreuth (church music and organ with H. Leuschner-Rostoski), in the Paris Conservatoire national supérieur de musique (organ in the classes of M. Bouvard and O. Latry), or at the Oberlin conservatorium in the US (class of J.D. Christie), he constantly graduated with honors.

In September 2005 he was the first German organist to be nominated "residence organist" for 1 year at the "Kitara" concert hall in Sapporo, Japan. Besides recitals in Sapporo and other big cities (Tokyo, Kyoto, etc.) he also gave concerts with orchestras (Sapporo symphonic orchestra, Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini with Lorin Maazel), and recorded a CD of works by Bach, Brahms, Mendelssohn, Reger and Liszt.

Since then, Jens Korndoerfer gives concerts on the international level, among others in London (Westminter Abbey), Paris (Notre-Dame and La Madeleine), Versailles (Royal Chapel), Poitiers (cathedral), Lübeck (Dom), Herford (Münster), Cincinnatti (St Boniface), Montreal (Redpath Hall, St Joseph Oratoire) and Fukui (Harmony Hall). In October 2008 he was awarded the 3rd prize at the first Canadian Interantional Organ Competition in Montreal.

Throughout his 3 years of study in Paris, Jens Korndoerfer was the organist of the historical Notre-Dame-Des-Vertus church in Aubervilliers, near Paris. From September 2007 to May 2009, he had the same position at the First Church in Oberlin, UCC.

Since September 2009 he is a graduate student at McGill University in Montreal, and published several articles in specialized journals, in German, French and English. In 2010 he recorded a CD of American organ music, and gave concerts in Berlin (Kaier-Wilhelm Church), Ulm (Münster), Boston (St Thomas Aquinas), Toronto (St James Cathedral) and Montreal (Notre-Dame Basilica and Church of St Andrew & St Paul).

He also gave several concerts in Montreal last spring, playing works by Bach, Wagner, Widor, Schumann, Couperin and others.

 Source: The State of Bavaria Montreal Office

Programm, Sunday May 27th :

Einleitung und Fuge aus der Kantate „Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis“

            Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 — 1750)

            Transcription: Franz Liszt

An Wasserflüssen Babylon, BWV 653

            Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 — 1750)

Studien für den Pedalflügel, Op. 56 V. Nicht zu schnell

            Robert Schumann (1810 — 1856)

Prélude en do dièse mineur, op. 3-2

            Sergei Rachmaninov (1873 — 1943)

            (Transcription: Louis Vierne)

Prélude en sol mineur, op. 23-5

            Sergei Rachmaninov(1873 — 1943)

            (Transcription: Jens Korndörfer)

Fantasie und Fuge über den Choral „Ad nos, ad salutarem undam“

            Franz Liszt (1811 — 1886)