Starting in 2019, the programme is designed by Moritz Puschke as Art Director of the International Organ Week Nuremberg - Musica Sacra.
Moritz Puschke (2019-2022)
Coming from a protestant vicarage and having grown up in Limburg/Lahn and Bremen, the cultural entrepreneur and musician Moritz Puschke lives now in Berlin. For many years he has acted as a dramatic advisor and music manager at the Alsfelder Vokalensemble and at the Bremen Cathedral and intensively engaged in sacred music. He curated and organised several festivals, amongst others the Bremer Bach-Wochen, multiple German choir festivals as well as the annual festival CHOR@BERLIN (since 2011) which takes place in the Radialsystem V. Moritz Puschke has been a member of the Executive Commitee of the German Music Council and the Advisory Council of the German Choir Competition since 2013. As Director of the German Choir Union, he is the initiator and Art Director for chor.com in Dortmund and managing editor for the professional journal "Chorzeit - das Vokalmagazin". He regularly works for radio and television and as a publicist and lecturer.
Folkert Uhde (2013 – 2018)
The programme from 2013 to 2018 was designed by Folkert Uhde as art director of the International Organ Week Nuremberg – Musica Sacra.
Folkert Uhde grew up in the north of Germany, in Wilhelmshaven, with music by Bach and Schütz in protestant cantor’s-tradition. After training to be a radio and television technician, he studied communication studies and musicology at the TU Berlin. Simultaneously, he studied Baroque violin at the Academy for Early Music Bremen. Until 1995, he was working as a freelance musician, in the same year he became a self-employed music- and project manager. Folkert Uhde was manager and dramatic advisor for the Academy for Early Music Berlin and until 2012 he was co-owner of Uhde & Harckensee MusikManagement. He initiated and planned a number of festivals, amongst others the Biennale Alter Musik Zeitfenster (Biennial Early Music Time Slot) in cooperation with the Concert House Berlin since 2002. With the coproduction of the internationally successful opera »Dido & Aeneas« by choreographer Sasha Waltz, Folkert Uhdes cooperation with the dramatic advisor and cultural manager Jochen Sandig began. Together they founded the by now internationally established RADIALSYSTEM V as “New Space for the Arts in Berlin” in 2006.
Since then, Folkert Uhde has made a name for himself with the creative development and realisation of new formats and projects, especially for the performance of classical music. In 2009, he was awarded as cultural manager of the year for his “innovative approach”. Folkert Uhde developed and produced film and television productions in the area of classical music for ARTE, 3SAT and ZDF.Kultur. Simultaneously, he is a lecturer at several universities and advises artists and institutions.
Since 2013, Folkert Uhde has put a focus on using the unique performance spaces in Nuremberg in an extraordinary way. In this, exemplary interpretations of sacred music of all epochs and genres by internationally renowned artists and the lively and high-quality scene of sacred music in Nuremberg should complement each other. Folkert Uhde sees a special challenge in getting history and present, space and sound, architecture and repertoire to enter into an active dialogue and through this create new auditory experiences.
Wilfried Hiller (2009 – 2012)
The programme from 2013 to 2018 was designed by Wilfried Hiller as art director of the International Organ Week Nuremberg – Musica Sacra.
Wilfried Hiller was born in 1941 in Weißenhorn/Swabia. He is one of the most renowned composers of our time and has made a name for himself in the field of sacred music. After he studied piano under Wilhelm Heckmann at the Leopold-Mozart-Conservatory in Augsburg and after being an organist for multiple years, he started his studies at the Munich University for Music in 1963. There, he studied under Günter Bialas (Composition), Hienz Arnold (Opera Direction), Ludwig Porth and Hanns Hölzl (Percussion, Timpani) andFrom 1967 onwards he worked as a percussionist in several orchestras and as a stage musician in both state theatres in Munich. In 1968, he founded the concert series “Musik unserer Zeit” (Music of our Time). In the same year, he met Carl Orff, with whom he closely worked together until Carl Orff’s death in 1982. From 1971 onwards he worked as a music editor for the Bayerischer Rundfunk for more than 30 years. In this function, along with the production of thousands of radio programmes, he brought new forms of music presentation in public events to life, such as the “Münchner Musiknächte” (Munich Music Nights) which have won multiple awards. The Munich University for Music gave him a teaching position at the university for the Realisation of Major Musical Events in 1991.
Since 1993, he is a lecturer for composition at the Richard-Strauss-Conservatory in Munich, since 2008 he has a teaching position at the University for Music and Theatre in Munich. Since 1968, he received numerous awards for his exceptionally successful compositional work in Germany and abroad. Since 1989, he is a member of the Bavarian Academy of the Fine Arts, from 2005 to 2008 he was the president of the Bavarian Music Council. Furthermore, Wilfried Hiller is president of the Jean Sibelious Association Germany and since 2008 president of the Carl-Orff-Foundation.
Robert King (2004 – 2007)
From 2004 until 2007, the British conductor Robert King held the position of director of arts for the ION. Having a renowned musician from abroad as director of arts was new for the ION, as previous artistic impulses came mainly from church musicians from Nuremberg. In the four years Robert King worked for the ION, he set new artistic impulses and content elements especially through exceptional programmes with Early Music and through opening the festival to a broader audience.
Professor Werner Jacob † (1986 – 2003)
From 1986 until 2003, Professor Werner Jacob coined the ION as director of arts. Werner Jacob was born in 1938 in Mengersgereuth/Thuringia. He studied the organ, composition and conducting in Freiburg. His name appeared on the programme of the ION for the first time in 1964, when his “Geistliches Konzert” (Sacred Concert) was performed. Since 1967, he had been part of the committee which designed the annual programme for the ION, since 1986 he had been the sole art director of the ION until his retirement in 2003.
From 1969 until 1990 he was a full-time church musician in St. Sebald in Nuremberg, between 1976 and 1998 he was professor for organ and managed the Department for Sacred Music in the University for Music in Stuttgart. Simultaneously, he gave organ performances across the world, his discography includes, amongst others, the complete works for the organ by Johann Sebastian Bach and Johannes Brahms as well as all great pieces by Max Reger. Additionally, he has an extensive compositional oeuvre. In 1984, he received the Cultural Prize of the City of Nuremberg, in 1993 he received the Wolfram-von-Eschenbach-Prize of the district of Central Frankonia. Werner Jacob passed away on the 23rd May 2003 in Nuremberg after a long illness.
Since March 2015, Cornelia Schiffel has been director of the International Organ Week Nuremberg - Musica Sacra.
Cornelia Schiffel was born in 1966 in Ulm. In her secondary school, the "Humboldt-Gymnasium" in Ulm, she decided for the artistic branch. After her Abitur in 1985, she studied musicology and literary studies at the Technische Universität Karlsruhe. She completed her studies in 1990 with her master's degree. From autumn 1990 until spring 1997, she worked as a dramaturgy assistant at the theater of the City of Nuremberg in public relations as well as for the International Organ Week Nuremberg e.V. and the Association of Opera and Concert Friends e.V.. Since then, she has been working nonstop for the ION - Musica Sacra, apart from a short period of time when she worked for Musikhaus Klier (spring 2001 until autumn 2002). In the beginning, she had been working free-lance for ION - Musica Sacra, but since autumn 2002 she has been part of the management.
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Gabriele Lösch was born in Munich in 1964 and received tuition in classical ballet as well as on the accordion for over 10 years during her schooldays. After her Abitur (diploma from Germany secondary school qualifying for university), she volunteered in an advertising agency in Munich. Parallel to working, she completed her studies to become a “Werbebetriebswirtin BAW” (Advertising Economist/Manager). Also parallel to working, she studies at the Steinbeis-University in Berlin and will complete her course with a bachelor of arts degree. In the past, Gabriele Lösch was responsible for the areas of text, conception and contact in various agencies, she has been managing the marketing department of the Wachter Nahrungsmittelwerke in Schwaig for more than 8 years and was lately responsible for the distribution and marketing for the Augustinum Group Munich in Roth. She shared the position of director for the ION with Cornelia Schiffel in 2015.
Robert Vogel was born in Ansbach in 1965. During his schooldays he had been a member of the Windsbacher Knabenchor (Windsbacher Boys’ Choir) for ten years. After his Abitur (diploma from Germany secondary school qualifying for university) and civilian service in Munich, he studied musicology, history and German language and literature studies from 1986 to 1991 at the University of Bonn. He finished his studies in 1991 with a master’s degree. From 1992 to 2001, Robert Vogel worked for the Kölner Kammerorchester (Cologne Chamber Orchestra) and later for the Brühler Schloßkonzerte, since 1994 as their director.
Dr. Oliver Geisler
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