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Jean-Christophe Geiser (Organ)

Born: Switzerland

The Swiss organist, Jean-Christophe Geiser, studied at the Berne High School of Music with Otto Seger, earning a diploma in piano, and with Heinrich Gurtner, earning a soloistís diploma with honors. He was twice awarded the Prix de la Fondation Göhner, enabling him to study organ further with François-Henri Houbart as well as to attend a number of diverse courses in performance and interpretation. During his time at the High School of Music, he also studied law and musicology at the University of Berne.

Jean-Christophe Geiser has enjoyed a rapid career since 1991 when at the age of 26 he was named competition winner for the prestigious position of titular organist of the Cathedral of Lausanne, Switzerland's most important gothic building. In 1993 he was appointed professor of organ for professional studies at the Lausanne High School of Music, where he is currently dean of the organ and harpsichord department. He is also artistic director of the Cathedralís Concert Society.

Jean-Christophe Geiser has already performed in some thirty countries throughout Europe, America and the former Soviet Union as a concert organist, regularly sponsored by the Pro Helvetia Foundation. He has been invited to perform in the cathedrals of Hamburg, Cologne, Helsinki, Brussels, Oslo and Washington D.C., as well as at Notre-Dame in Paris, St. Martin-in-the-Fields in London, the Glinka Museum Auditorium in Moscow, the Madeleine in Paris, the Philharmonie in St. Petersburg, the Philharmonie in Munich, at the Stockholm Organ Festival, the Cathedral and Bach Festival in Warsaw, the Tibor Varga Festival in Sion, the Bodensee-festival, the Buenos Aires Organ Festival, as well as in Spain, Hungary and the Czech Republic.

Jean-Christophe Geiser has made numerous recordings including for several Swiss radio networks and for DeutschlandRadio, Südwestfunk, Radio Russie, VDE-Gallo, IFO-Verlag and FNAC-Musique. He was the moving force behind the idea of the new Fisk organ at the Cathedral in Lausanne.

Source: Grandes Orgues Website
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (February 2010)

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