Stefan Kiessling - organist
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Stefan Kießling is an internationally active concert organist, having performed in more than 20 countries across Europe and Asia, as well as America and Australia, within just a few years of his career. He currently serves as Assistant Organist at St. Thomas Church. St. Thomas is most famously known as where J.S. Bach served for the last quarter-century of his life, and the church has maintained the long tradition of Bach’s music. Here Stefan regularly plays services and performs solo recitals, as well as playing with the St. Thomas Boy’s Choir and the Gewandhaus Orchestra, as well as many other ensembles. Currently, in addition to his work as a performance artist, Stefan regularly gives masterclasses to pass his knowledge and experiences on to young organists. His engagements across Germany and abroad include chamber performances as well as solo recitals. His repertoire encompasses all epochs, from Bach and his predecessors to the contemporary music of György Ligeti, Phillip Glass and others. Of special interest are not only the toccatas and fantasias of Bach and the Baroque era, but compositions of the late 19th and early 20th century such as Max Reger and Maurice Duruflé. He enjoys working with soloists, and has performed collaborations with violinists, vocalists, and pianists, as well as more unusual collaborations such as repertoire for organ and harp. Stefan has always had an enthusiasm for colourful and unique organ registration, and this led him to develop a computer software for organ combination systems, which is used across Europe. Stefan Kießling was born in Görlitz, and his musical journey led him through many years of study on both organ and harpsichord. He began to study organ with Stefan Johannes Bleicher in 2000, and after additional lessons with Prof. Dr. Christoph Krummacher and Stefan Nusser, he took his exams in 2005 at St. Nicolas Church in Leipzig. He completed his post-graduate study with Prof. Stefan Engels in 2008, and participated in masterclasses with Tom Koopman, Wolfgang Rübsam, and Hans-Ola Ericsson, as well as others. Before taking the position of Assistant Organist at St. Thomas Church, Stefan worked at the Braunschweig Cathedral and the Klosterkirche Cottbus. In Cottbus he taught at the conservatory, directed an international concert series, and made several recordings for radio broadcast and television.