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The Artists
Gustav Leonhardt

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Gustav Leonhardt (born May 30, 1928) is a highly acclaimed Dutch keyboard player, conductor, musicologist, teacher and editor. Leonhardt has been a leader in the movement to perform music on period instruments. The keyboard instruments on which he has performed and recorded include the harpsichord, organ, claviorganum (a combination of a harpsichord and an organ), and fortepiano.

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Hans Davidsson

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Hans Davidsson received his Soloist Diploma from the Conservatory of Göteborg, Sweden in 1985, having studied with Hans Fagius. A special interest in early music led to three years study with Jacques van Oortmerssen at the Sweelinck Conservatorium in Amsterdam and post-graduate research on North German Baroque organ music focused on Matthias Weckmann for the University of Göteborg. In September 1991, his thesis Matthias Weckmann: the Interpretation of his Organ Music (writing, edition and recording) was defended and he became the first doctor of music performance in Sweden.
Since 1974 he has given regular recitals in the Scandinavian countries including tours to England, Germany, the Netherlands and in the USA.

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Jacques van Oortmerssen

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Jacques van Oortmerssen began his musical studies at the Rotterdam Conservatory, studying the organ with André Verwoerd and the piano with Elly Salomé. He earned the distinction ‘cum laude' for his final examination and was given a special prize for improvisation. Between 1974 and 1976 he studied with Marie-Claire Alain in Paris.
He was awarded the Prix d'Excellence in 1976.
In 1977 he received his degree as a piano soloist, and in the same year he was awarded first prize at the Dutch National Improvisation Competition. Since 1979 he has been Professor of Organ at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam, where his organ class attracts students from many different countries. In 1982 he succeeded Gustav Leonhardt as ‘Organiste Titulaire' of the Waalse Kerk in Amsterdam.

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Joel Speerstra

ImageJoel Speerstra is a Lecturer in Performance at the Academy of Music and Drama at the University of Gothenburg where he is also a researcher and the publications director at the Göteborg Organ Art Center. He is active as an instrument builder, performer and musicologist. He studied the organ with William Porter and David Boe at Oberlin Conservatory before continuing in Europe on several grants that allowed him to study organ and clavichord with Harald Vogel as well as instrument building with John Barnes.

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