Cristian Ahlskog (Finland)
Jukka Aro (Finland)
Herman Jordaan (South Africa)
Arno Kerkhof (Holland)
Pawel Wisniewski (Canada)
Markku Mäkinen (Finland)
Park (Republic of Korea)
Soomi-Hidemi Park (Japan)
David Szanto (Canada)
Erich Türk (Romania)
Paul M. Weber (USA)
||Mr Jukka Aro
is not able to play because of medical reasons.
I studied the organ for 2.5
years with Dan Lönnqvist at the Conservatorium of
Music during the period 1996-98 and in the spring
of 1999. Prior to this, I played the piano and the
organ at the local College of Music. I have been
studying at the Sibelius Academy for the past
three years, completing my B grade examination in
the organ in the spring of 2001. I have
participated in numerous Master courses with
teachers such as Gottfried Preller, Dale F.
Voelker, Ludger Lohmann, Jacques van Oortmerssen,
Pieter van Dijk, Olli Porthan and Kari Jussila. I
give regular solo recitals and I have also studied
improvisation, in both the older and the newer
Born in 1974 in Helsinki.
Piano studies at the Kuopio College of Music
1979-83, the Youth Section of the Sibelius Academy
1983-1993, the Performing Musician Study Programme
in the Sibelius Academy 1993-1996, as well as in
the study programme for organ in church music at
the Sibelius Academy in 1998-2001 under Lasse
Erkkilä and under Olli Porthan from 2001 on.
In addition, he has
participated in courses held, for instance, by
Pieter van Dijk, Kati Hämäläinen, Kari Jussila
and Jacques van Oortmerssen. Organ performances in
numerous student concerts throughout Finland, in
addition to some concerts of his own.
Georg Johannes Matthias Friedrich
• I was
born in 1972 in Erlangen, Bavaria/Germany
• During my school years I took lessons in piano,
trumpet, organ and singing
• Examination in 1992 and until 1993 doing the legal
social work at a institute for handicapped people
• From 1993 to 1995 studied pedagogic science
• From 1995 to 1999 studied music with Jon Laukvik and
Bernhard Haas in Stuttgart/Germany. Graduated in
• Since 08/1999 have worked as cantor and organist in Bonn
• Since 2000 have studied at the Folkwang Hochschule in
• Have given concerts as soloist and also as
• Have participated in several courses with Ludger
Lohmann, Jean Boyer, J. v. Oortmerssen, Gerd
•Special interests are historical performance
practice and the early romantic music
• I find attractive the combination between organ
playing and conducting, and this challenged and
motivated me to apply for the Kotka competition.
Herman Jordaan born in
1975 in Pretoria, South Africa. He obtained his
B.Mus. degree, with distinction, at the University
of Pretoria in 1997, where he studied organ with
Wim Viljoen, and piano with Joseph Stanford. In
the same year, he also obtained the 'Performer's
Licentiate' from the University of South Africa
(UNISA), with distinction. From 1997 to 1999 he
studied with Jacques van Oortmerssen at the
Conservatory of Amsterdam, where he obtained the
diploma 'Uitvoerend Musicus'.
In 1996 he was awarded first prize at the UNISA National
Organ Competition. Before that he had also won
many prizes in various youth music competitions in
South Africa. In 1999 he was awarded the first
prize as well as the audience prize at the
International Schnitger Organ Competition, held in
Alkmaar, the Netherlands.As well as being very active on the South African music scene, he has had
concert tours to Scandinavia and other parts of
Europe. He has performed with some of the leading
orchestras and soloists of South Africa, and works
closely together with groups such as the Ars Nova
Consort, Mass Appeal, and Banda di Giovanni,
specialising in performances of works by
Renaissance and Baroque composers. At the moment,
he works mainly as concert and church organist,
pianist, harpsichordist and chamber musician.
Arno Kerkhof (1973)
studied the organ, piano and Catholic Church music
in Maastricht and continued his studies with
Jacques v. Oortmerssen in Amsterdam. He graduated
with honours in 1999. He attended lessons and
master-classes with, inter alia, Jean Boyer,
Hans-Ola Ericsson, Andres Cea-Galán and Andrea
Marcon. Recitals in Alkmaar (Hagerbeer/Schnitger), Amsterdam
(Schonat/Hagerbeer) and Zutphen (Bader).Participation
in recordings for TV, radio and CD as soloist and
accompanist. He is organist of the historical
Binviagnat organ (1818) in Geulle, combines the
function of conductor and organist in the two main
churches of Sittard and Valkenburg (region of
Maastricht), and he also conducts two choirs
(mixed and male).
born in 1974 in Warsaw, Poland. He began taking
piano lessons at the age of six. From 1987 to 1990
Paul studied piano and organ at the Elsner's Music
School in Warsaw. In 1991 he immigrated to Canada.
From 1994 to 1998 he studied organ with John
Tuttle at University of Toronto where he received
a Bachelor of Music and later, in the year 2000,
Bachelor of Education. During his university years
he also studied choral conducting with Elmer
Iseler. From 2001 to 2002 Paul served as the
organist and music director of St. Paul's
Basilica, Toronto. Currently, he is developing a
music program at St. Padre Pio Roman-Catholic
Church in Kleinburg, Ontario. He also teaches
mathematics at Cardinal Leger Catholic Secondary
School in Brampton, Ontario.
Markku Mäkinen (born 1973) graduated from
the Sibelius Academy with the Master of Music
degree in 1999. He did his A grade in the organ in
1998 under Olli Porthan and in the harpsichord in
2001 under Kati Hämäläinen. He has furthered
his studies at numerous master-level courses both
in Finland and abroad. He continued his organ
studies at the Amsterdam Conservatorium in
1998-2000 under Jacques van Oortmerssen,
completing his soloist diploma (Tweede fase) with
a special mention of “cum laude”.
Markku Mäkinen has given solo concerts in Finland,
Estonia, the Netherlands and Great Britain, as
well as soloist in chamber music and orchestral
concerts, in, for instance, ancient music
ensembles such as Opus X and Kuudennen Kerroksen
Orkesteri. In 1999, he gave his first concert
under the aegis of the Sibelius Academy in the
Kallio Church, Helsinki. Further, he has made
recordings for the Finnish Broadcasting Union. In
1997 he won 3rd prize in the international
Schnitger Organ Competition in Alkmaar, the
Netherlands. In July of 2001, Markku Mäkinen
taught and gave concerts at the international
festival in Oundle, United Kingdom.
Hye-Sun Park born 14.6.1971 in Inchon, South Korea
March 1990 – February 1996
Music studies at Ewha University, Soul, with Prof.
June 1999 -
Organ diploma studies with Prof. Wolfgang Zerer at Hamburg
February 1998 Cembalo Vordiplom diploma studies with Prof. Gisela
Gumz at Hamburg Conservatorium.
Organ concert examination with Prof. Wolfgang Zerer.
August 2000 Prize in 13th Brügge International Organ Competition
(Concours Musica Antiqua - 13de Internationale
Orgelwedstrijd J. S. Bach)
Invitation concert, Kyung-Dong church, Soul, South
October 2001 First part of concert examination in Cappel
Concert in Berlin’s Gedächtniskirche church
January 2002 Second part of concert examination in Johannskirche
Many concerts and courses in Europe and South Korea.
18.06.1970 Born in Osaka, Japan
1977-1989 Primary, Junior and Senior education in Osaka
1989-1993 Piano studies at the Osaka Conservatorium
1994-1996 Further organ studies at the Osaka Conservatorium
1997-2000 Organ studies at the Cologne Conservatorium
2000 Cologne Conservatorium Diploma
2002- Studies in Music Pedagogy at the Cologne
A wide range of concert performances in Germany and in Japan.
has received the coveted Artist Diploma for his
studies with James David Christie at The Boston
Conservatory.He is a doctoral candidate in organ
performance at New England Conservatory, where he
studied with William Porter. He has served on the
faculty of the Department of Music History and
Musicology at the New England Conservatory and
holds degrees from
the University of
Kansas and the University of Toronto.Having
concertized in Canada and the United States, he is
Director of Music and Organist at St.Mary of the
Assumption Parish, Milford, Massachusetts.
was born 1972 in Cluj- Napoca, Romania, and
studied organ at the local "Gheorghe
Dima" Music Academy with Ursula Philippi as
well as choir conducting with Florentin Mihăescu.
He completed his studies in Vienna with Michael Rădulescu
(organ) and Gordon Murray (harpsichord) and
attended several harpsichord, organ and continuo
master classes in Portugal, France, Germany,
Switzerland and Moscow. Between 1994-1999 he was
organist and choir conductor at the Lutheran
Church in Medias. Since 1995 he has been teaching
basso continuo and organ at the "Gheorghe
Dima" Music Academy in Cluj. As soloist as
well as member of the Baroque Ensemble
"Transylvania" he has performed in many
concerts in Romania and abroad (Netherlands.
Belgium, Germany, Austria, Hungary and Moldavia).
Some of his performances have been recorded and
broadcast by various radio and TV companies (Radio
Cluj and Radio Bucharest, ORF/ A, AVRO and NCRV
Radio/NL, Duna TV/ H. Radio3 Belgium). At the J.S.
Bach International Organ Competition in Bruges in
2000 he was awarded the 2nd prize and the
audience's prize. Together with the Baroque
Ensemble "Transylvania" he has recorded
a very successful CD with West-European and
Transylvanian baroque music.
Paul M. Weber
Bachelor of Music, cum laude, Lawrence University,
2000, Appleton, Wisconsin, USA.
Hochschule Ar Musik und darstellende Kunst, Salzburg,
Austria, 1996-1997, one semester of study,
Candidate for the Masters of Music, Yale University,
New Haven, Connecticut, USA.
Arthur Poister Competition in Organ Performance,
Syracuse, New York, USA.
- Second Prize, 2000. Region VI (AGO)
Competition in Organ Performance, Omaha, Nebraska, USA.
- First Prize, 1999.
Twin Cities Chapter (AGO) Competition in Organ
Performance, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA.
-First Prize, 1999.
Bruce Brackenridge Scholarship for International Study,
utilized at the Cathedral Church of St. Chad,
Lichfield, England, 1998.
National Convention of the American Guild Of Organists,
Seattle, Washington, 2000.
Luther Seminary, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1999.
National Public Radio, "Pipedreams", 1999.
St. Norbert's Abbey, De Pere, Wisconsin, 2001.
Dido and Aeneas, Yale University,
Le Nozze di Figaro, Lawrence
Brandenburg Concerto #6,
Mass in B Minor, Lawrence, 1999.
Magnnificat, C. P. E. Bach,
Founder, Collegium Musicum early music ensemble,
Lawrence University, 1997.