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Göteborg International Organ Academy

The Göteborg International Organ Academy is a festival, organized by the Göteborg International Organ Academy Association in cooperation with the City of Göteborg and GOArt and the Academy of Music and Drama at the University of Gothenburg. It was created in 1994 to provide a meeting place for everyone interested in the art of the organ to gather together to share and collect new knowledge, to find artistic inspiration and to enjoy great performances on the many instruments in Göteborg. The Academy is unique in bringing together students, teachers, instrument builders, scholars, performers and friends of the organ art to offer them an international forum for dialog and discussion within an inspiring and exciting Scandinavian environment.

The academy builds on the interdisciplinary research that has been carried out within GOArt’s various research and instrument building projects since 1995, and provides a program that integrates current research at GOArt, the Academy of Music and Drama, and the Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts at the University of Gothenburg.

The Academy has a broad organ and related keyboard instrument collection at its disposal, the highlight of which is the four-manual North German Baroque Organ in meantone temperament, built by GOArt within an interdisciplinary organ research program, but a number of other fine instruments have been added to Göteborg’s organ landscape. 2011 marks the tenth Göteborg International Organ Academy.

Highlights from previous academies

  • In 1994 we celebrated the installation of the first John Brombaugh organ in Europe, the meantone baroque organ installed in the Haga Church in 1992
  • In 1996 the 1871 Willis organ, recently restored by Tostareds, as well as the 1783 Schiörlin organ in Jonsered (partial restoration by Herwin Troje, 1991) were featured
  • In 1998 we celebrated the installation of the new French symphonic organ built by Verschueren for the Academy of Music and Drama. We also visited the 1854 Marcussen organ in the Synagogue, newly restored by Karl Nelson
  • In 2000 we celebrated the international inauguration of the research organ built by GOArt to explore the world of the great seventeenth-century organ builder Arp Schnigter
  • In 2002 we celebrated the renovation carried out by Grönlunds of the 1909 Eskil Lundén organ in the Vasa Church
  • In 2004 our focus was on the restoration of the 1861 Marcussen organ in the Haga Church carried out by Åkerman & Lund
  • In 2006 the Marcussen/Magnusson organ in the German Church newly renovated by Tostareds was featured
  • In 2007 the so-called Bjurum organ, built by Nicolaus Manderscheidt in 1650 (restored by Mads Kjersgaard in 1972-76) was featured
  • In 2009 the newly built choir organ by Tostared in the Cathedral was featured
  • In 2011 we will celebrate the Walker organ in Christ the King Catholic Church, restored by Tostared and installed in 2010

Academy Website

For additional information about the academy and its programme, as well as being able to register to attend the academy, please visit the official academy website.

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