Organist Stefan Engels has been living in the USA for a long time, but his musical career started in Germany, Bach’s motherland. Bach remains his number 1 composer, and in Russia Stefan Engels is presenting a program made exclusively of the works of the great German genius. We are going to listen to both big compositions and chorale preludes which in spite of their small size are considered the quintessence of Bach’s music.
Stefan Engels was appointed Professor of Organ and Leah Fullinwider Centennial Chair in Music Performance at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, in 2014, where he is also chair of the Organ Department at the Meadows School of the Arts. Prior to that he was Professor of Organ at the University of Music and Performing Arts “Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy” in Leipzig, Germany (2005-2015), and Associate Professor of Organ and Chair of the Organ Department at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey (1999-2005). Mr. Engels maintains a vigorous international concert schedule and is a sought-after teacher with engagements across Europe, North America, South Korea and Russia. From 2006 until 2012 Engels was Artistic Director of the Jordan International Organ Competition at Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia. As a juror, he is in frequent demand at many international organ competitions. Stefan Engels has recorded works of Dupré, Germani, Messiaen, Karg-Elert and Reger for the Naxos, Genuin and Priory labels. His specialization in the organ works of Sigfrid Karg-Elert has resulted in the world premiere recording of the complete organ works of Karg-Elert (15 CDs) on the Priory label. This series came to a completion in 2017 and has been reviewed to high international acclaim. Mr. Engels received his musical education in Germany and the United States. He studied organ, piano, harpsichord, choral conducting and church music at the Universities in Aachen, Düsseldorf and Cologne. From 1993 until 1998 he pursued further organ studies with Wolfgang Rübsam in Chicago and the late Robert Anderson in Dallas, having received an Artist Diploma degree from Southern Methodist University in 1995. Mr. Engels achieved his international breakthrough when he was awarded the “Concerto Gold Medal” at the 1998 Calgary International Organ Competition. Since then, he has been represented by Karen McFarlane Artists Inc. of Cleveland, Ohio.
J. S. Bach
Fantasia in G major (Pièce d’Orgue), BWV 572
Partita Ach, was soll ich Sünder machen, BWV 770
Chorale prelude An Wasserflüssen Babylon, BWV 653
Chorale prelude Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott, BWV 720
Chorale prelude Komm, Gott Schöpfer, Heiliger Geist, BWV 667
Chorale prelude Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 659
Prelude and fugue in E-flat major, BWV 552
Please note that the programme may be subject to change.
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