Bio

Gereon Krahforst was born into an artistic household in Bonn, Germany, 1973.   After a comprehensive early education in music, upon graduating from high school in 1990 he studied composition, musicology, church music, piano, and organ in Cologne and Frankfurt for ten years. His earliest organ teachers were Markus Karas and the Rev´d. John Birley, followed by studies with Clemens Ganz and Daniel Roth.  Numerous masterclasses and private studies with Marie-Claire Alain, Jon Laukvik, Petr Eben, Wolfgang Seifen, Tomasz Adam Nowak, Guy Bovet, and Franz Lehrndorfer expanded his studies.

Mr. Krahforst held a series of distinguished positions as organist and direcor of music, beginning at age 26 in Bonn (Kreuzbergkirche), Moenchengladbach (Minster Basilica), Minden (Cathedral) and Paderborn (Cathedral), and in 2004 he began an eight-year tenure of teaching organ repertoire and improvisation at the Hannover University for Music and Dance. At that juncture he emigrated to the Mediterranean resort town of Marbella in southern Spain (Andalusia) and served as director of music at the Church of the Immaculate Conception on the nationally significant „Órgano del Sol“.

Between 2012 and 2014 he held the highly selective O-1B visa for artists demonstrating exceptional abilities while serving as the cathedral organist and associate director of music at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, Missouri, (USA).  In 2014 he returned to his homeland and to the position of director of music at St. Lutwinus’s Church in Mettlach, (Saarland) where he was responsible for six choirs. In April 2015, he was summoned to assume his present position of abbey organist and artistic director of the international organ concert series at the famous twelfth-century abbey of Maria Laach, one of Europe´s most significant monuments of pure Romanesque architecture.

Furthermore, he is artistic director of the organ concert series at the Fasen organ in St. Sebastian, Boppard/Rhine, and at the precious historic Balthasar Koenig organ (1714) in the cloister church St. Leodegar in Niederehe (Eifel).

As a composer, Krahforst has written a number of works for piano, organ, voice, choir, string quartet or orchestra. His compositions are found in the catalogues of American, German, and Dutch publishers. He recently completed his Second Organ Symphony (for 1-4 organs) on commission from the Metropolitan Canonic Chapter of the Archdiocesis of Freiburg at the Freiburg Cathedral.

Mr. Krahforst has received wide ranging and profound accolades for many aspects of his artistry, especially for his improvisations in distinctive styles, his sensitive and refined registrations, and this thoughtfully varied programming, from colleagues such as Jean Guillou, Olivier Latry, Thierry Escaich, John Scott, and Stephen Tharp.

His vast organ repertoire includes the complete organ works of Scheidt, Pachelbel, Muffat, Couperin, Bruhns, Buxtehude, Bach, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Brahms, Franck and Duruflé, as well as unique organ works by composers from different epochs and countries.

With numerous international prizes in composition, piano, and organ to his credit, he has appeared in numerous cathedrals, churches, and concert halls in almost all the European countries, South Korea, Japan, the United States, and Canada.  These activities are complemented by his CD recordings and broadcast performances.

 

Biography