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Matthias Schmelmer

Matthias Schmelmer, born and raised near Nuremberg (Bavaria), studied church music at „Berliner Kirchenmusikschule“ in Berlin, with Karl Hochreither (organ) , Renate Zimmermann (organ improvisation) and Martin Behrmann (conducting).

After graduating from college in 1998, he obtained his first engagement as church musician in Celle/North Germany. In 2003 he moved back to Berlin to work as music director of the Heilig-Kreuz-Kirche and Passionskirche, in the middle of the vibrant Kreuzberg district of Berlin.

At Heilig Kreuz church, he plays regularly on the op. 553 Hook organ from 1870, a splendid three manual organ which has been transferred from its original location in Woburn/Mass.  to Berlin in 2001. Enjoying the unique sound of the Berlin Hook organ, Matthias Schmelmer became especially interested in american organ music, which he regularly presents in organ recitals at Heilig Kreuz church and on other organs in Berlin and Germany.

My Artist Sessions

Friday, August 15
 

2:00pm EDT