Tradition and Modernism – the Austrian Wolfgang Kogert subscribes to this motto in a very special way.
Kogert is an organist at the tradition-steeped Vienna Hofburg Chapel, where he performs together with the Vienna Court Music Orchestra, consisting of members of the Vienna Philharmonic, the Vienna Boys’ Choir and the male choir of the Vienna State Opera.
He devotes himself to contemporary music with particular passion. As the soloist, he premiered the organ concertos by Bernd Richard Deutsch and Thomas Amann with the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra in the Vienna Musikverein. Composers such as Klaus Lang, Manuela Kerer, Christoph Herndler, Gerald Resch, Katharina Klement, Wolfgang Suppan and Gerhard E. Winkler have written works especially for him.
His concert work has taken him to Tokyo, Moscow, Brussels and Oslo and to festivals like Wien Modern, the Bach Festival in Leipzig, the Scelsi Festival in Basel, the Hildebrandt Festival in Naumburg and Orgelmixturen in Cologne.
Kogert was awarded a much-heeded first prize at the International Wedstrijd Musica Antiqua in Bruges, and in 2013 he was Artist in Residence at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris.
After six years’ teaching organ and improvisation at the Academy of Music in Detmold, Wolfgang Kogert has been an organ lecturer at Salzburg Mozarteum University since 2015.
He has also been invited to hold courses, talks and recitals by the University of Music and the Performing Arts in Vienna, the Arts University in Graz, Het Orgelpark Amsterdam and the Academy of Music Zagreb .
Jury membership (Austrian State Scholarship for Composition, composition support, TEMSIG Competition in Slovenia etc.)
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