“Bach and the Lutheran Legacy” and
“Female Organists and Composers”
20-29 October, 2017

Harald Vogel

Harald Vogel is recognized as a leading authority on the interpretation of German organ music from the Gothic, Renaissance, and the Baroque periods. As the director of the North German Organ Academy, which he founded in 1972, he teaches historical performance practice on the original instruments. Since 1994, he has also held a professorship at the Hochschule für Künste in Bremen. Harald Vogel has led many master classes at conservatories and universities throughout the world, whereby he has influenced innumerable organists and organ builders. As superintendent of church music and organ advisor for the Reformed Church, he is responsible for a large number of historical organs in northwest Germany. As an expert in organ building, he has been a consultant for many organ-building projects, including restorations and new organs. Examples include the organs at Stanford University’s Memorial Church, St. Paul’s in Tokyo, and Gothenburg’s Örgryte New Church.
Among Harald Vogel’s many recordings are those on historical instruments made for Radio Bremen between the year 1961 and 1975. Today, these recordings have particular value as historical documentations. In 1981, he founded the Dollart Festival, the first European festival for early music that crosses national borders. Harald Vogel’s publications include Orgeln in Niedersachsen (Organs in Lower Saxony, Hauschild Verlag, 1997), Orgellandschaft Ostfriesland (The Organ Region of East Frisia, SKN-Verlag, 1996), and Arp Schnitger und sein Werk (together with Cornelius H. Edskes, Hauschild 2009/2013). He has edited Samuel Scheidt’s Tabulatura nova (Breitkopf). In 2008, he received a Honorary Doctorate from Luleå University of Technology.