Wolfgang Abendroth: cantor (conductor)

Wolfgang Abendroth

Born in Osnabrück in 1978, Wolfgang Abendroth studied church music at the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne, including organ with Prof. Gerhard Luchterhandt and Prof. Johannes Geffert. His first major success was winning first prize in the National Organ Competition, as well as further prizes for chamber music and oboe in the »Youth Makes Music« competition in 1997. This was followed by awards in further international competitions: the International Organ Competition in Schlägl/Austria, the Arthur Piechler Competition, the Hermann Schroeder Competition, and the Johann Pachelbel Competition in the context of the International Organ Festival in Nuremberg.

Wolfgang Abendroth conducting

An active concert career has led him through Germany, Austria, Belgium and South America. He has been invited to perform at several festivals, including the International Organ Festivals in Nuremberg and Brussels, the Mosel Music Festival, the autumn cultural festival which is held annually in Düsseldorf´s historic city centre, and the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival. In addition to this he has made recordings and CDs for the major German radio stations, where he can also be heard as a pianist.

In 2002 he was made cantor and organist at the Johanneskirche, the central Protestant church in Düsseldorf. He is artistic director of the Johanneskantorei and the Düsseldorf Chamber Choir and is responsible for organizing the musical events at Düsseldorf´s largest protestant church. Since 2005 he has been an organ lecturer at the Herford College of Church Music. In 2010 Abendroth was awarded the annual prize for musicians by the City of Düsseldorf.