The Bach Circle: Keyboard Culture in the Eighteenth Century October 23-26, 2014


The members of the organ academy faculty include top organists and music scholars from around the world, all dedicated and enthusiastic ambassadors for their art.


Annette Richards

As Professor of Music and University Organist at Cornell University, Annette Richards enjoys an active career as performer, scholar, and teacher. Laureate of international organ competitions at Dublin and Bruges, she gives concerts frequently in North America and Europe.

Annette Richards is founding editor of Keyboard Perspectives, a yearbook dedicated to historical performance and keyboard culture, but her scholarly work extends far beyond the organ and its music. She has a particular specialty in the music and music aesthetics of mid- to late-18th century Germany, and especially C. P. E. Bach. With David Yearsley she has edited the C. P. E. Bach: Complete Works edition. Her current project is a book on the musical gothic, entitled Music on the Dark Side of 1800.

Prof. Richards was educated at Oxford University, (BA, MA) Stanford University (PhD) and the Sweelinck Conservatorium Amsterdam (Performer’s Diploma, Uitvoerend Musicus), where she was a student of Jacques van Oortmerssen. She has won numerous honors, including fellowships at the Stanford Humanities Center, the Getty Center in Santa Monica and from the Mellon Foundation and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Berlin.


Joel Speerstra

Joel Speerstra is a Senior Researcher at the Göteborg Organ Art Center and a Lecturer at the Academy of Music and Drama at the University of Gothenburg. He is active as an instrument builder, performer, teacher, and musicologist. The bulk of his recent concert-playing has been divided between the organ and the clavichord, often linked directly to a conference, masterclass or summer course.

He is a member of the faculty at the Smarano Summer Academy in the Trentino, Italy, and with Per Anders Terning has built more than fifty pedal clavichords, and manual clavichords, for individuals and institutions in Europe, North America, and Asia. He is a recent recipient of the Hilding Rosenberg prize in Musicology from the Royal Swedish Academy of Music.


Magnus Kjellson

Magnus Kjellson is the founder and director of Göteborg Baroque, the prize-winning vocal and instrumental ensemble now in its second decade. Göteborg Baroque has generated large international interest through its concerts and CD recordings. He has toured Europe and the United States as a solo organist and ensemble leader, and is frequently engaged as a guest instructor at international academies and festivals.

He was educated at the Academy of Music and Drama in Göteborg where he studied with Rune Wåhlberg and Hans Davidsson and at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam with Hans van Nieuwkoop. He has taught organ interpretation and liturgical organ at the Academy of Music and Drama and currently serves as the organist at the German Church.


Paulo Ghiglia

Paulo Ghiglia has entered the masters programme in symphonic orchestra performance at the University of Gothenburg, studying with Havard Lysebo. During his studies, Paulo has participated in several masterclasses around Europe, taking lessons from many internationally known flutists such as Patrick Gallois (with two Merit Diplomes from the “Accademia Chigiana di Siena”masterclass), William Bennett, Denis Bouriakov. Paulo has also performed in solo and chamber music concerts in Italy, France, Switzerland, and Spain playing in duos with piano, guitar, and in other chamber music ensembles.


Tilman Skowroneck

Bremen-born Tilman Skowroneck studied harpsichord with Bob van Asperen, Anneke Uittenbosch, Ton Koopman and Gustav Leonhardt. In March 2007, he defended his doctoral dissertation about Beethoven’s piano works. His book Beethoven the Pianist was published by Cambridge University Press in 2010.

Tilman Skowroneck works as a thesis supervisor at several institutions of the University of Gothenburg and teaches harpsichord and continuo at the new Master’s Program in organ and related keyboard instruments at the Academy of Music and Drama in Gothenburg.


Ulrika Davidsson

Ulrika Davidsson is a versatile musician, who maintains a performance career on the piano, fortepiano, clavichord, as well as the harpsichord. She teaches historical keyboard instruments at the Royal Danish Academy of Music, Copenhagen, and at the Academy of Music and Drama, University of Gothenburg, Sweden. From 2007 to 2012 she was Assistant Professor of Historical Keyboards at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, as well as Music Director of Rochester City Ballet, and the Draper Center for Dance Education in Rochester.