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Martin Gregorius, International Award Winning Organist in Concert at Grace Cathedral, Topeka
Grace Cathedral
Topeka, KS
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Martin Gregorius, International Award Winning Organist in Concert at Grace Cathedral, Topeka
International organist Martin Gregorius performs an hour-long concert as the opening event in the 2019-2020 GREAT SPACES Music & Arts Series at Grace Cathedral, Topeka. Gregorius was most recently the Organist In Residence at the Sapporo Concert Hall in Kitara, Japan.  He has won many international prizes in playing and improvisation.  He will perform works showcasing the orchestral side of the Cathedral's 65-rank pipe organ.


The Program
Charles Tournemire (1870-1939)/Maurice Duruflé (1902-1986)  
Improvisation sur le Te Deum
Cantilène improvisée

Béla Bartók (1881-1945)/André Isoir (1935-2016)  Romanian Folk Dances

Sigfrid Karg-Elert (1877-1933)  The soul of the lake from 7 Pastels from the Lake of Constance Op. 96
Valse Mignonne Op. 142 No. 2

Marian Sawa (1937-2005)  Dancing Pictures [Taneczne obrazki]

Louis Vierne (1870-1937)
from 24 Pièces de fantasie:
Clair de lune
Hymne au soleil

César Franck (1822-1890)  Cantabile

Martin Gregorius (b. 1991)  Improvisation

Dr. Martin Gregorius (b. 1991 in Gdynia, Poland) is a concert organist and improviser who graduated from the Academy of Music in Gdask (Poland), Hochschule für Musik Detmold (Germany), Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris and Conservatoire National Supérieur Musique et Danse Lyon (France), where he received degrees in organ, improvisation, music theory with composition and church music. Over the course of his education he studied under Michel Bouvard, Hanna Dys, Thierry Escaich, François Espinasse, László Fassang, Olivier Latry, Philippe Lefebvre, Tomasz Adam Nowak, Roman Perucki, Pierre Pincemaille and Liesbeth Schlumberger. Martin Gregorius has matured and refined his musical interpretation abilities by participating in master classes with world-class musicians, including Paolo Crivellaro, Pieter van Dijk, Andrés Cea Galán, Ludger Lohmann, Michael Radulescu, Louis Robilliard, Wolfgang Seifen and Wolfgang Zerer. In 2017, he obtained his doctorate in organ performance at the Academy of Music in Pozna (Poland), focusing his thesis on: Composition and improvisation reflected by specific artists from the French Organ School.

Martin Gregorius has received numerous prizes for organ playing and improvising throughout Europe, including Austria, Germany, Italy, Luxemburg and Poland. Among his highest distinctions are the first prizes in the International Organ Improvisation Competitions in Schlägl (Austria) and Westfalen Impro 6 in Münster (Germany). In addition to participating in competitions, Martin Gregorius has been awarded scholarships by the President of the Republic of Poland and the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of Poland. He received the Young Artist Prize from the President of Gdask (Poland) in 2012 and the Art Noble Prize in 2015. In 2016, he obtained a scholarship from the Alfred Toepfer Foundation. Throughout his musical career, Martin Gregorius has been invited to perform at many festivals and concert halls, including cathedrals in Angers, Frombork, Fulda, Luxemburg, Mainz, Munich and the Polish Baltic Philharmonic in Gdask. Many of his recitals have been broadcast by French, German, Polish and Japanese television and radio. Giving master classes and lectures, Martin Gregorius has also been able to develop his interests in pedagogy and musicology.

In the 2017-18 concert season, Martin Gregorius was working as Organist in Residence of the Sapporo Concert Hall Kitara in Japan. During his residency, he was also performing in other prestigious venues such as Art Tower Mito, Sumida Triphony Hall and Suntory Hall in Tokyo. He has also been working with world-renowned conductors such as Matthias Bamert, Simon Gaudenz, Yuki Kakiuchi, Max Pommer, Shuntaro Sato, Kanade Yokoyama and reputed orchestras such as Sapporo Symphony Orchestra and Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie. In 2018, Martin Gregorius released his debut album Stained Glass Dances at the Sapporo Concert Hall. From October 2018 he works as Director of Music and Organist at the St Pancras Church in Gütersloh (Germany). Martin Gregorius is also the Artistic Director of the renowned International Organ Series "Gütersloher Orgelfrühling" on the famous Rieger Organ in Gütersloh.

Location

Grace Cathedral (View)
701 SW 8th Avenue
Topeka, KS 66603
United States


Categories

Music > Classical

Minimum Age: 5
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!

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