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Zsigmond Szathmáry

Organ Masterclass

10–16 August 2024 with Zsigmond Szathmáry

Master class at the historical organs in Ernen and surrounding villages / towns.

Day of arrival: Saturday, 10 August 2024
Final concert: Friday, 16 August 2024
Day of departure: Saturday, 17 August 2024

Approximately 6 hours of open lessons take place daily, in Ernen (Aebi organ, 1 manual, 1679/80), Naters (2 manuals) and Brig (3 manuals). Students are free to choose their repertoire (all period possible). Practice opportunities are available at the various organs in Ernen and the surrounding area.

Course fee

300.- Euro


Accommodation will be organized by the festival (unless otherwise requested). Chalets will be rented for shared use. Costs at least 220.- Swiss Francs (depending on occupancy, can be slightly more).
Food is not included, must be organized individually (shopping facilities on site).


Please get in touch directly with Zsigmond Szathmáry

Send an E-Mail to zsigmond.szathmary@t-online.de

Zsigmond Szathmáry 

was born in Hungary in 1939. He received his musical education in composition and organ at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest. Further studies took him to Vienna, Cologne (Pousseur, Stockhausen, Ligeti) and Frankfurt (Helmut Walcha). In 1960 he won the first prize at the organ competition in Budapest. In 1972 he received the Bach Prize Scholarship of the Free Hanseatic City of Hamburg. He worked as an organist in Hamburg and at the Bremen Cathedral. From 1978, after teaching at the conservatories in Lübeck and Hanover, until his retirement, he held a professorship at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Freiburg. 

Szathmáry, who is a member of the Free Academy of the Arts in Hamburg, gives numerous guest courses at music conservatories and universities in Europe, North America, Japan and Korea, and is also a frequent jury member at international competitions. He is a lecturer at the Summer Academy for Organists in Haarlem (Holland), has taught at the Darmstadt Summer Courses for New Music, and has directed the Organ Master Course of the Festival Musikdorf Ernen (Switzerland) for over 40 years. He is also titular organist at St. Peter in Cologne.

In 1987, the National Franz Liszt Memorial Committee of the Hungarian State awarded him the Franz Liszt Plaque, and in 2008 he received the Artisjus Prize. Since 2009 he has been a member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and Arts. He has made extensive concert tours and recorded numerous records and CDs (Sony, Harmonia Mundi, Wergo, Zeitklang, Signum, RCA, BIS, Hungaroton, ARE). His compositions, works for solo instruments, chamber music, works for orchestra and choir, have been published mainly by the music publishers Bärenreiter, Gravis and Moeck. His arrangements for organ are published by Carus.

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