Matthias Maierhofer will perform “The Works of Max Reger” on the Newberry Organ in Yale’s Woolsey Hall. The concert is part of the Great Organ Music at Yale (GOMY) series.
Nine Pieces for Organ, Op. 129
VI. B asso ostinato
Trauerode, Op. 145, 1
Komm, süßer Tod, Yale Manuscript
Phantasie und Fuge, Op. 135b
Matthias Maierhofer is Professor of Organ at the University of Music Freiburg and serves
as the first Cathedral Organist at the Freiburg Minster. He studied organ, early music,
and church music at the universities of Graz, Freiburg, and Leipzig, and at the Schola
Cantorum in Basel. Among his teachers were Arvid Gast, Andrea Marcon, Kurt Neuhauser,
and Martin Schmeding.
In 2007, he was the winner of the ION Pachelbel Competition in Nuremberg; he
was also a prizewinner at the International Franz Schmidt Organ Competition in Kitzbühel
in 2008, the International Bach Competition in Arnstadt in 2007, the International Organ
Concours in Nijmegen in 2006, and the International Organ Competition “M. K.Ciurlionis”
in Vilnius in 2003. Since then, regular concert activities have taken him to concert venues
and festivals in Europe, the United States, Russia, Japan, and South Korea.
As a soloist and continuo player, Maierhofer has performed with the Dresdner Kreuzchor, the Thomanerchor Leipzig, the Staatskapelle Dresden, and the Staatskapelle Halle. At the Freiburg Minster he performs weekly with the Domsingknaben, the girls’ choir, the cathedral Domkapelle and the cathedral choir. He participated in recordings and publications by Edition Helbling, and he has recorded on the Ambitus, Ambiente, and Spektral labels.
From 2009 to 2013, Maierhofer led an organ class at the Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy University of Music and Theater in Leipzig. In 2013 he was appointed as the successor to Professor Gerre Hancock as professor of organ and church music at the University of Texas in Austin. There he was named a Dean’s Fellow in 2015 for outstanding educational achievements and was awarded the Ducloux Fellowship of the College of Fine Arts. From 2014 to 2016, he was the organist at the Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Austin, which houses two instruments from the Harvard University collection: the historic Holbrook organ and Charles Fisk’s grand organ op. 46.
Maierhofer has been a professor of organ at the Musikhochschule in Freiburg since 2016
and also works as cathedral organist at the Münster “Unserer Lieben Frau” in Freiburg. As
artistic director of the Freiburg Cathedral organ concerts, he is responsible for a leading
international organ concert series. Students from his organ class have received many national and international awards in important competitions, scholarship programs, and foundations in recent years.