Organist Albrecht Koch

Albrecht Koch works as Kantor and Organist of the Lutheran Cathedral in Freiberg/Saxony, where he is entrusted with the large 1714 organ of the workshop of Gottfried Silbermann, one of the most important organs of the baroque period. Born in 1976, he comes from the tradition of the Dresden Kreuzchor, where he gained his first musical experience as a choir prefect. Next, he studied church music in Leipzig, including in the organ class of Prof Arvid Gast. To this he added studies in choir direction with the Gewandhaus Choir-Director Prof Morten Schuldt-Jensen. Additionally he undertook courses with personalities including Roy Goodman, Ewald Koiman, Lars-Ulrik Mortensen and Hans Fagius and busied himself with aspects of historical performance practice. On completion of his studies, he was Assistant to the Music Director of Leipzig University, Wolfgang Unger. Occasionally he stood in to lead the Leipzig University choir. From 2004-8 he worked as Kantor and Organist at St Johannis in Neubrandenburg/Mecklenburg.

In Freiberg, as well as his busy duties as Cathedral Organist, he leads the Freiberg Cathedral Choir. Alongside this, he performs in concerts and cantata church services with famous ensembles such as the Philharmonic Kammerorchester of Dresden, the Dresden Barockorchester, the Batzdorfer Hofkapelle and the Vienna Akademie. At his disposal in the Cathedral St Marien in Freiberg are both the large organ of Gottfried Silbermann and also a smaller instrument of Silbermann dating from 1719.

As director, organist and continuo-player in various orchestras (e.g. Gewandhausorchester, Kammerphilharmonie of the mdr) Albrecht Koch performs in Germany and abroad in Italy, France, Poland and Denmark and Australia. CD- and broadcasts supplement his activities. He has been appointed the Church Music Director of the Freiberg diocese, represents the City of Freiberg in the association European Cities of Historical Organs (ECHO) and is president of the Gottfried-Silbermann society.

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Albrecht Koch
Untermarkt 1
09599 Freiberg

Tel: 03731 / 3009763