To bid farewell to the old year attending a concert in the Cathedral has become a tradition for many of us. Not only this is something special, but the event also harmonizes our souls which is desirable on New Year’s Eve, according to the proverb The way you meet the new year is the way you will spend it. This year Robert Kovács from Austria is going to join us on New Year’s Eve. He will play classical pieces for organ and fresh dynamic music of the 20th century.
Born in Zalaegerszeg, Hungary, in 1976, Robert Kovács received his first piano lessons by László Bojtár in his fifth year and at the age of twelve he started to learn organ under György Peskó. At the Conservatory of Budapest he studied under Endre Virágh, and in 1994 won 1st prize at the Organ Festival for young organists in Hungary. He continued his studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna under Hans Haselböck and Peter Planyavsky (Church Music and Organ), graduating with distinction.
In 1998 he won Second Prize at the Anton Heiller International Competition for Organ Improvisation in Vienna. In 2004 he was finalist and in 2006 won the 1st Prize at the International Competition for Organ Improvisation in Haarlem, the Netherlands.
In 2008 Kovács won the 1st prize and the public prize at the International Competition for Organ Improvisation in Schlägl, Austria.
As organist he has maintained a long association with the Stephansdom and Augustinerkirche in Vienna. As a member of the Wiener Choralschola he is deeply engaged with the performance of Gregorian chant.
He taught organ improvisation and liturgical organ playing for the Vienna Archdiocese from 2001 to 2003 and was organist at the monastery in St Florian from 2004 to 2006.
2009 to 2015 he was Cathedral Organist in Eisenstadt, Austria.
His diverse, international solo concert activity goes beyond Europe’s borders to Japan, the USA and Israel. He performs regularly as a partner of the Vienna Philharmonic, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, the Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna, the Lower Austrian Tonkunstler Orchestra, the Wiener Singverein, the Vienna Chamber Choir and the Arnold Schoenberg Choir. Chamber music concerts with artists such as Otto Sauter (trumpet), Helmut Trawöger (flute), Othmar Müller (violoncello), Ildikó Raimondi (soprano), Herbert Lippert (tenor) complete the versatility of his musical work.
Robert Kovács is jury member of the 8th International Franz Schmidt Organ Competition 2020 in Vienna.
L. C. Daquin
Noël I in D minor
J. S. Bach
Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich her, BWV 738
Das alte Jahr vergangen ist, BWV 1091
Toccata and fugue in F major, BWV 1091
Pastorale, Op. 19
Chorale prelude Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich her, Op. 67/40
Chorale improvisation Wie schön leucht’ uns der Morgenstern, Op. 65/44
Improvisation on Christmas songs
Pastorale and Final from Organ symphony No. 1, Op. 14
Please note that the programme may be subject to change.
We will listen to: