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Matthias Eisenberg (Conductor, Organ, Harpsichord)

Born: 1956 - Dresden, Germany

The German conductor and organist, Matthias Eisenberg, originates from a steeped in tradition musical surrounding field. He started to play the organ when he was only 9 years old in different churches of his hometown, and for five years was a member of the Dresdner Kreuzchor. To study he went to Leipzig, to the Hochschule "Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy". During his studies period he was winner of several international competitions.

In 1980 Matthias Eisenberg was appointed as 1st organist of the new Gewandhaus in Leipzig. At the same time he was harpsichordist of the Leipzig Bach Orchestra. Apart from the regular concerts in this house he appeared in the whole country. Thus in 1984 he was one of the first guests to play the Jehmlich organ at the Schauspielhauses Berlin. In Rötha near Leipzig he initiated and took care of concert cycle at the Silbermann organ. In 1985 he was a guest professor for organ with the international music seminar in Weimar.

In 1986 Matthias Eisenberg participated in the much-discussed move into the west. Later he gave concerts at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, to the Luzern Festival Weeks, the Ludwigsburg Festival and the Rheingau Music Festival. In Hannover he gave a cycle, which led him through all churches of the city to its new domicile. Again surprisingly Eisenberg shifted in 1992 his centre of activity to the North Sea island Sylt, on which he is active as church musician since then. He continues his concert activity on the mainland without reduction from there. Eisenberg gives concerts in the whole Germany, in important concert halls as well as major and small churches.

Concert tours have led Matthias Eisenberg to numerous European countries, in addition to the USA, Canada, Latin America, India and the Far East. He appears as soloist with internationally well-known symphony orchestras all around the globe. Repeated co-operation connects Eisenberg with the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, with which he gave several concerts in Zürich, Hong Kong and Tokyo. In 1999 he played with the Orchestre National de Lyon under Emmanuel Krivine in Frankreich and Japan.

Broadcast and record productions belong to Matthias Eisenberg’s sphere of activity. Among other things he recorded the organ works of Bach on 12 CD’s. In 1995 he recorded with the Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse under Michel Plasson a CD of works by Camille Saint-Saëns for EMI-France.

Meanwhile the concert life led the artist Matthias Eisenberg back to his first places. In his birth city Dresden his concert at the Dresdner Hofkirche in May was sold-out, and each year he is a guest of the Music Festival. And his first appearance after 16 years, in January 2001, at the Leipzig’s Gewandhaus was an almost triumphant success. In the following weeks the house was sold-out, and the public honoured him with standing ovation in a concert series.

Source: Rolf Sudbrack Website, English translation by Aryeh Oron (November 2003)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (November 2003)

Matthias Eisenberg: Short Biography | Recordings of Vocal Works | Recordings of Instrumental Works

Links to other Sites

Matthias Eisenberg: Organist (Official Website) [German]
Matthias Eisenberg – orgel (Rolf Sudbrack) [German]

Organist Matthias Eisenberg gastiert mit Lausitzer Philharmonie (KZ) [German]
Orgelkonzert mit Matthias Eisenberg / 02. Mai 2002 [German]

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