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Martin Heini (organ--Switzerland)

Martin Heini was born in Lucerne in 1968 and studied at the Music College Lucerne (Switzerland) and Århus (Denmark). In addition to the teaching diplomas for organ and piano as well as the church music diploma A, he received the concert repertoire of organ with distinction. In 1992 he was a prizewinner at the International Organ Competition, ‘Johann Sebastian Bach’ in Lucerne.

Martin Heini is a professor of piano at the University of Teacher Education Lucerne and an accredited lecturer for organ at the Kalaidos Music University. Previously, he was a lecturer for organ at the Lucerne Music University in 1999-2015, where he also conducted church music C for eight years.

Since 1995, he has been the main church musician at the St. Katharina Horw parish church and artistic director of the concert series, St. Katharina Horw Music.

Martin Heini regularly performs as a sought-after soloist and accompanist on major organs throughout Europe and follows numerous invitations to international organ festivals. His broad repertoire ranges from the 17th century to the present. He has premiered several works by Swiss composers. The collaboration with numerous well-known soloists and ensembles documents his versatile musical work.

Together with the State Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra of Novosibirsk he realised the CD „Tongues of Fire“ with the Organ Concertos of Francis Poulenc and the swiss composer Carl Rütti. This recording was awarded „Gramophone Critic‘s Choice“ by the „Gramophone Magazine“. His CD „Tango Organtino“ was nominated for the „Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik“. The recording of the Goldberg Variations, released in 2017, was highly recommended by international magazines like „Choir and Organ“ or „Musik & Theater“.

Martin Heini was awarded the 2010 Cultural Prize of Horw and is the recipient of the 2012 Goll Medal of the company Orgelbau Goll AG.