“Bach and the Lutheran Legacy” and “Female Organists and Composers”
20-29 October, 2017
Organ concert in memory of Jacques van Oortmerssen (1950–2015). Far too early, Jacques van Oortmerssen left us on November 21, 2015 at the age of 65. An eminent player and teacher, he toured around the world and performed and taught in most European countries, in North and South America, Russia, and Japan. During his thirty-six-year tenure as the head organ professor in Amsterdam, and through numerous master classes around the world, he taught countless students of many nationalities. With the Nordic countries, especially Finland and Sweden, Jacques van Oortmerssen had a special and intensive relationship. He became a frequent visitor to Sweden, after becoming involved in the Baroque organ project for the Falu Christinae Church. The organ was inaugurated in 1982 and from 1983–1993 van Oortmerssen conducted the Falu Internationella Orgelakademi with masterclasses, seminars, lectures and concerts, reaching out to many organists in Sweden. He served many years as visiting professor at the Academy of Music and Drama in Göteborg as well as a valued member of the GOArt team. He was also a visiting professor at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, from which he received an honorary doctorate in 2012. At both institutions he played an important role as a consultant in various organ-building and research projects. Apart from his many duties as a teacher, concert organist, and organ expert, he served as organist of the Amsterdam Waalse Kerk with its famous Müller organ, which he often called his most important teacher.