Short biography of Karl-Bernhardin Kropf

Born 1966 in Klagenfurt (Austria). Studies at Vienna University of Music, Austria (catholic and lutheran church music, organ), and the Saarland University of Music, Germany (organ improvisation with Daniel Roth, Paris), all diplomas with distinction.
Since 1992 living in Northern Germany, holding the post of organist of the Schnitger Organ of Hamburg-Neuenfelde from 2000 to 2006. Prizes at nine competitions (mostly for improvisation) in five european countries; concerts, radio and disc recordings. Numerous commisioned works of mostly sacred music, interest in jazz and music electronics. Teaching career at the University of Mainz, Germany (1999/2000), the University of Music of Lübeck, Germany (2000-2007). From 2005 to 2006 professor of organ and improvisation at Graz University of Music and Performing Arts, Austria. From July 2007 Organist and Director of Music of St Mary’s Church, Rostock, Germany.

 

As plain text:

Short biography of Karl-Bernhardin Kropf

K.-B. Kropf was born 1966 in Klagenfurt (Austria). He studied catholic church music, lutheran church music and organ at Vienna University of Music, Austria. At the Saarland University of Music, Germany he studied organ improvisation with Daniel Roth, Paris. He received all diplomas with distinction.
Since 1992 he is living in Northern Germany, currently holding the post of organist of the Schnitger Organ of Hamburg-Neuenfelde. He has won prizes at nine competitions (mostly for improvisation) in five european countries and has played numerous concerts and made radio and disc recordings. He has written many commisioned works of mostly sacred music, There is influence from playing jazz and much interest in music electronics. As a teacher, he started his career at the University of Mainz, Germany (1999/2000), followed by the University of Music of Lübeck, Germany (2000-2007). In october 2005 he was appointed professor for organ and improvisation at Graz University of Music and Performing Arts, Austria. In July 2007 he left to St. Mary’s Church of Rostock, Germany, to take over the post of Director of Music and Organist. There he is responsible for eight musical groups and choirs. The church houses a 114 rank/83 stop Sauer organ off 1938, built into a magnificent case dating from 1770.