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Jan Katzschke (Harpsichord, Organ, Conductor)

Born: 1972 - Neustadt am Rübenberge, Lower Saxony, Germany

The German harpsichordist, organist and conductor, Jan Katzschke, studied at the Musikhochschule Hannover with Lajos Rovátkay (harpsichord and chamber music), Hans-Christoph Becker-Foss (organ) and Heinz Hennig (choral conducting ), in the Knabenchor Hannover, with which he also worked as rehearsal assistant. Later, other important stimuli followed by private studies of harpsichord with Robert Hill.

After serving first as local Kantor in Erzgebirge, Jan Katzschke went freelance different activities as a soloist, continuo player, choral and orchestral conductor and lived in Freiberg, Saxony and in the southern Black Forest. Since 2005 he is based in Dresden. Here he held the office of half-time Kantor at the Diakonissenhauskirche, where he is among other things, the director of a comprehensive church music tradition with monthly Bach cantata worship and the festival "Orgel-Winter" founded by him. In 2007-2008 he was also interim Kantor at Dom zu Freiberg.

As a soloist and chamber musician on harpsichord, clavichord and organ, as well as ensemble director and choir conductor, Jan Katzschke is dedicated to a wide range of repertoire from the Middle Ages to the present day. A major focus is on the work of J.S. Bach. He gained international fame mainly by his much-acclaimed CD recording of the harpsichord works of Matthias Weckmann (CPO), which was awarded in 2007 the "Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik ("Prize of the German Record Critics”). Concert tours as a soloist have taken him to Latvia , the Czech Republic, Poland, France, the Netherlands (Holland Festival Oude Muziek Utrecht) and Switzerland With his vocal-instrumental Ensemble Corona Harmonica he strives to sacred music of the Baroque around Heinrich Schütz, Dietrich Buxtehude and J.S. Bach.

Jan Katzschke also shares his experience as a lecturer in artistic and liturgical organ playing at the Hochschule für Kirchenmusik in Dresden and director of study tours and courses to the Saxon Silbermann organs on. He is Vice-President of Gottfried-Silbermann-Gesellschaft Freiberg. Musicological articles written by him appeared in various publications.

But the music of today is also close to his heart, in particular, the music of the Latvian composer Rihards Dubra (b 1964 ), who dedicated to him several of his works . Along with fellow musicians he maintains the free improvisation in services and concerts .

Source: Jan Katzschke Website (2013), English translation by Aryeh Oron (September 2013)
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Aryeh Oron (September 2013)

Jan Katzschke: Short Biography | Recordings of Vocal Works

Links to other Sites

Jan Katzschke - Cembalist, Organist & Dirigent (Official Website) [German]


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