Jens Korndoerfer to Perform April 25 at First Federated

by Martin Dicke on April 7, 2014

German-born concert organist Dr. Jens Korndörfer will present a recital on Friday, April 25, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. at First Federated Church, 3601 N. Sheridan Rd., Peoria. The concert is open to the public. Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for Senior Citizens, and free to students and children. Tickets will be available at the door. His program will include works by French and German organists from the Baroque period through the 20th century including two works by Max Reger: the Benedictus and his Introduction and Passacaglia in D minor. It will also include a transcription of Sergey Rachmaninov’s famous Prelude in C sharp minor for piano arranged for organ by Louis Vierne. A few of the works will reflect the liturgical season: an improvisation on the famous Easter chant “Victimae paschali laudes” and variations by Maurice Durufle on the Pentecost chant “Veni creator Spiritus.”

Dr. Korndörfer has performed to critical acclaim at many prestigious venues, including Westminster Abbey in London, Notre Dame Cathedral and St. Sulpice in Paris, Chapel Royal in Versailles, Moscow Cathedral, Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche in Berlin, the Münster in Ulm, St. James Cathedral in Toronto, Cathedral-Basilica in St. Louis, Suntory Hall and Metropolitan Art Space in Tokyo, Kyoto Concert Hall, and the Cultural Centre in Hong Kong. He graduated with top-honors from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris (Diploma in Organ-Interpretation, class of O. Latry and M. Bouvard), the Oberlin Conservatory (Artist Diploma, J.D.Christie), the Musikhochschule in Bayreuth (Church Music Diploma, Organ with H. Leuschner, Piano with M. Wessel) and McGill University in Montreal (Doctor of Music, H.O. Ericsson). In September 2005, he became the first German appointed organist in residence at the Concert Hall Kitara in Sapporo, Japan. Aside from his numerous performances throughout Japan, he gave master classes and concertized with orchestras. Dr. Korndörfer is a triple prize winner of the Canadian International Organ Competition, held in Montréal in 2008 and 2011.

Aside from his busy concert schedule on three continents, Dr. Korndörfer has taught in various settings (organ studio at the School of Fine Arts of FPC Atlanta; master classes in Japan, France and Germany; teaching assistant of Prof. Christie at the Oberlin Conservatory) and shared his knowledge and experience in presentations at conferences in Germany and the USA (AGO National Convention 2012). Furthermore, he has published several articles in English, French, German and Russian music journals. He has recorded two CDs as a soloist (“Great Moments in German Music”, Jasrac 2006, “Variations on America”, ORGAN 2011) and one CD together with Kazuhiro Maekawa, solo-trumpet of the Sapporo Symphony Orchestra, at the Harmony Hall in Fukui in Japan. Since September 2012, Dr. Korndörfer serves as organist at First Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, Georgia, which houses two magnificent instruments by Möller/Zimmer (IV/105) and Klop (II/15).

For further information, phone Dr. Martin Dicke at 696-4797.

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