Johannes Geffert


Johannes GeffertJohannes Geffert is Professor of Organ and Improvisation at the State Conservatory of Music and Dance in Cologne, where he is also head of the department of Protestant Church Music. Born in 1951, the son of a highly-acclaimed organist and director of church music, he was brought up in the traditions of his profession.  He studied with Michael Schneider and Nicolas Kynaston.

From 1974 to 1979 Johannes Geffert was organist in Aachen and conductor of the Aachen Bach Society, where he founded the Festival "Aachener Bachtage".  From 1980 to 1997 he was director of church music at the Kreuzkirche Bonn, the largest church in the former capital of West Germany, which is well known for a high standard of music in worship services, and for its active concert series with a tradition of performing oratorios, cantatas, chamber music and organ recitals.  In Bonn he was also organiste titulaire of the city´s concert hall, the "Beethovenhalle".

Johannes Geffert has performed at many international organ festivals in the European countries, in Japan, South America, the West Indies and in the States.  His broadcasts and CDs achieve the highest acclaim.  He has been invited to act as a member of the jury in numerous organ performance competitions. In 1991 he founded the "Johann Christian Bach-Academy", an orchestra for performances with period instruments, which has played all the Bach oratorios and much of the standard repertoire of church music all over Germany.  As an editor he oversees a series of publications of organ music by American and British composers, has published some of his own Liszt-transcriptions for organ with Schott, and writes articles on musical issues in various magazines.  Geffert is the honorary Vice-President of the Incorporated Association of Organists.