Pipe Organ Recitals
Upcoming Pipe Organ Recitals
Since the Department of UP Arts has taken over the management of the pipe organs on Hatfield Campus, we are now able to announce and present upcoming pipe organ recitals.
Organ Recital by Gerrit Jordaan
Gerrit Jordaan – A concise biography
Gerrit Jordaan studied organ under the guidance of Prof Stephan Zondagh (pupil of Marcel Dupré and Nadia Boulanger), Prof Wim Viljoen (pupil of Marie-Claire Alain) and Prof Daleen Kruger (pupil of Jean-Claude Zender). In 2007, he completed a DMus degree with a dissertation on Stefans Grové’s Afrika Hymnus II. This Hymnus was dedicated to Gerrit – as it was conceived in a dream wherein the composer heard him playing this work. Since his student days, Dr Jordaan has been involved with South African organ music, commissioning and preforming new works – of which some had been dedicated to him, writing articles on this repertoire, working towards performances with the insight of the composers, recording this repertoire, typesetting and adapting instrumental works to the organ. As an enthusiast of South African music, he presented recitals in Europe as well as Finland and Canada. In 2016, he was invited to play the final recital at the Klangzeit Festival for contemporary music in Münster, Germany. Some of his articles were published internationally in Het Orgel, Organ, Journal für die Orgel, Orgue Nouvelles, as well as in local academic publications. He wrote reports on the Stylus Phantasticus in the Praeludia of Dietrich Buxtehude and on the Choral Preludes of Johannes Brahms. He studied historical performance practice of standard repertoire in numerous masterclasses at UNISA Organ Simposia, Haarlem Summer Academia and in Pistoia from organists including Luigi Tagliavini, Harald Vogel, Ludger Lohmann, Bernard Lagacé, Wolfgang Zerer, Olivier Latry, Marie-Claire Alain and Szigmund Zsathmary. Some of Gerrit’s song cycles, instrumental works and didactic children operettas have been performed by various artists of which some can be viewed on YouTube. Until recently, Gerrit was chairman of the Southern African Organists’ Society (SAKOV). He compiled 3 volumes of original Southern African choral preludes and choir pieces for SAKOV. He is a member of VONKK – a committee that develops new Afrikaans church music – creating new songs, providing organ, choir and instrumental arrangements to this growing repertoire. He lives in Potchefstroom and is organist at St. Mary’s Anglican Church.
For more information please contact:
Department of UP Arts
Tel: 012 420 5450
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