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.
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 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.
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 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.