Wolfgang Kogert is an extremely versatile and meticulous interpreter. His repertoire extends from the Robertsbridge Codex (1360) up to the most contemporary music. A salient artistic aim of his is constantly to expand his organ repertoire.
He has worked in very close association with many composers such as Friedrich Cerha, Jean-Pierre Leguay, Benoît Mernier, Younghi Pagh-Paan, Karlheinz Essl, Klaus Lang, Wolfgang Mitterer, Thomas Lacôte, Dieter Schnebel, Kurt Schwertsik and Peter Ablinger. Other composers like Zsigmond Szathmáry, Manuela Kerer, Katharina Klement, Wolfgang Suppan and Christoph Herndler have dedicated works to him.
In conjunction with the Vienna ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra, as the soloist he premiered the organ concertos by Bernd Richard Deutsch and Thomas Amann in the Vienna Musikverein. In 2020 he played the world premiere of »tönendes licht.« organ and orchestra by Klaus Lang together with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra for the new organ in St. Stephan’s Cathedral in Vienna.
His recital work covers appearances at festivals such as Wien Modern, the Bach Festival in Leipzig, the Hildebrandt Festival in Naumburg, the Scelsi Festival in Basel, the orgel-mixturen Sankt Peter in Cologne and the Festival van Vlaanderen.
As a soloist, he has held appearances at the Vienna Musikverein and Konzerthaus, at the Moscow International House of Music, at the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, at the Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall and at the Aichi Arts Center in Nagoya.
He has been invited to organ recitals in churches like Notre-Dame in Paris, Münster Cathedral as well as in Oslo, Prague, Milan, Athens, Riga, Tripoli and Istanbul
Wolfgang Kogert has worked together with many orchestras, e.g. the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Camerata Salzburg or the Tonkünstler Orchestra in Lower Austria as well as with conductors such as Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Wayne Marshall, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Bruno Weil, Kristjan Järvi, Cornelius Meister, Marin Alsop and Vladimir Ashkenazy.
Wofgang Kogert was born in Vienna in 1980 and received his training in his native city, Stuttgart and Detmold. As the only Austrian to date, he won the Internationale Wedstrijd Musica Antiqua in Bruges in 2006, and in 2013 he was Artist in Residence at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris.
In 2012, Kogert was appointed organist of the tradition-steeped Court Chapel in Vienna, where he performs with the Vienna Hofmusikkapelle, consisting of members of the Vienna Philharmonic, the Vienna Boys’ Choir and the Men’s Choir of the Vienna State Opera.
Kogert is the curator of the Schuke Organ (1983) of the ORF Radio Culture House in Vienna and the First Guest Organist of the historical Pflieger Organ (1767) at the pilgrimage church in Hafnerberg in Lower Austria.
Wolfgang Kogert is a regular juror at organ and composition competitions and writes articles for journals. Furthermore, he acts as a consultant to organ-building projects and to the organ cycle of Jeunesse – Austrian Youth Music.
After six years teaching organ and improvisation at the Academy of Music in Detmold, since 2015 Wolfgang Kogert has taught organ at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg. He passed his artistic habilitation in 2019.
In the summer semester of 2020, he was deputizing for David Franke in the latter’s capacity as Professor of Organ and Improvisation at the Academy of Music in Freiburg. In the winter semester of 2020/21 he was teaching in Freiburg on a regular basis.
He has been invited to hold courses, talks and recitals by e.g. the University of Music and the Performing Arts in Vienna, the Art University in Graz, the Anton Bruckner Private University in Linz, the Conservatorium van Amsterdam and the Academy of Music in Zagreb.
(last update: June 2021)
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