Kay Johannsen


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Kay Johannsen is Collegiate Cantor and and Director of liturgical music at the Collegiate Church in Stuttgart, Germany. He directs the Stuttgarter Kantorei, the solistenensemble stimmkunst and the Collegiate Philhamonic Stuttgart and oversees a weekly concert series at the church. In addition to numerous recordings of repertoire, he has made three recordings of organ improvisations.


Advent And Christmas Music

Christmas: Improvisations on Christmas Songs


Kay Johannsen – Orgelimprovisation – Mühleisen-Orgel der Stiftskirche
Kay Johannsen – Free Improvisation ‘The Great Wall’ – Stuttgart, Stiftskirche
Kay Johannsen – Orgel-Improvisation über Psalm 57 – Stuttgart, Stiftskirche
Kay Johannsen – Improvisation on “Ode an die Freude’ – Stuttgart, Stiftskirche

Jürgen Essl

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Jürgen Essl studied organ in Germany and France with Ludger Lohmann and Francis Chapelet, later completing his studies in Vienna with Michael Radulescu. A Professor at The Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Stuttgart since 2003, Jürgen Essl has also served as Professor for Organ at the Musikhochschule Lübeck and an organist at the Castle Church of Sigmaringen. He has released several recordings of improvisations available through www.ORGANpromotion.org. He is a co-founder of the International Summer Academy of Music – ISAM in Ochsenhausen, Germany.

Jürgen Essl – ESPACIOS – Mallorca

Johannes Mayr

MayrJohannes Mayr studied Church Music at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Stuttgart. Since 2009 he has taught organ improvisation at the Stuttgarter Musikhochschule. In 2011 he became organist at the Co-Cathedral of St. Eberhard in Stuttgart. He has won several improvisation competitions including first prize in the 1991 Montbrison Improvisation competition. He has also published a book on the organbuilder Joseph Gabler.


Organ Improvisations on Bach Toccata & Fugue in D Minor
Johannes Mayr is one of the organists included on the recording above along with Lionel Rogg, Barbara Dennetlein, Frederic Blanc, David Franke and others.

Johannes Mayr an der Jann-Orgel, St. Andreas Endersbach.
Bauer-Studios, Ludwigsburg 2012.
According to the entry at the Deutsche National Bibliothek, this includes an improvisation on ‘Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme’

Johannes Mayr – Happy Birthday – St.Eberhard, Stuttgart
Johannes Mayr – Improvisation on ‘Was Gott tut, das ist wohl getan’ – Schweiklberg