The Göteborg International Organ Academy has been proud to welcome outstanding scholars and musicians to explore and celebrate many different instruments and musical repertoires over the years. Here is a look back at 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 Tostared, 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 Schnitger
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 celebrated the Walker organ in Christ the King Catholic Church, restored by Tostared and installed in 2010.
In 2012 we revisited John Brombaugh’s organ in Haga and GOArt’s research organ in Örgryte New Church, exploring two themes: North German Chorale Fantasias and Georg Böhm’s Organ Works in Meantone.
In 2013, we explored many facets of the organ music of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, with a special emphasis on sound recordings. We also visited several organs in Göteborg.
In 2014 we turned our focus to the eighteenth century by way of JS Bach, his students and his sons, exploring the rich landscape of keyboard instruments of eighteenth-century central Europe.
In 2015 the theme was “French Crescendo and German Diminuendo: Character and Context in 19th-Century European Organ Art”.
In 2016 the theme was “Power and Expression from Past to Present: Pictures (film and “lumière”) and the pictorial in organ music”.