Organ: Paul Kayser [Guest Artist]

Born in Luxembourg in 1979, Paul Kayser began studying violon and solfège in 1986 and organ in 1989 (class of Pierre Nimax jr.) at the National Conservatory of Music at Luxembourg-City. He later added piano (P. Alzin), organ improvisation (A. Wirth), gregorian chant (P. Nimax jr.), choir master (P. Cao & P. Nimax jr.), fugue and composition (A. Mullenbach), obtaining here 4 First Prizes (solfège, improvisation, organ-building, composition) and 3 Superior Prizes (organ, harmony, counterpoint). He continued his studies at the “Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt am Main” (Sacred Music and Concert Formation) in the classes of Martin Lücker and Daniel Roth (organ), Winfried Toll (choir master), Gerd Wachowski (liturgical organ) and Godehard Joppich (gregorian chant). Those studies have been completed at the “University of Arts” in Berlin, where Paul Kayser graduated in the organ improvisation class of Prof. Wolfgang Seifen (Concert Exam). Beside his studies, Paul Kayser worked also with Jean Boyer, Gillian Weir, Lorenzo Ghielmi, Olivier Latry, Pierre Pincemaille and Thierry Escaich. Paul Kayser was laureate at the organ improvisation competitions of Bad Homburg (Germany) in 2001 and of the festival “Orgues sans frontières” in 2007. In 2002, he conducted the “Praunheimer Kantorei” of Francfort. He regularly plays solo recitals, so for festivals in Luxemburg, Germany, France, Romania and Spain. His interest for chamber music made that he gave concerts with flute, percussion, saxophone, singers and choirs. In 2005, he has played as a soloist with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Luxemburg at the « Festival d’Orgue de Dudelange ». The same year, he was on a concert tour in Japan with the « Pueri Cantores du Conservatoire de Luxembourg » Paul Kayser is organist of the churches St-Martin at Dudelange (Luxembourg) and St-Alphonse at Luxembourg-City and of the famous St-Willibrordus-Basilica in Echternach. He is organ and improvisation teacher at the music schools of Bascharage and Echternach (Luxembourg).