Thu 25 - Sun 28 July 2024


On the Holzhey organ from 1780 in Obermarchtal

Organists and organ lovers of all ages and levels are invited to the OAO

You have the choice:

Participation as an active player, or passively as a listener

free choice of literature 17th / 18th century


Daily lessons and plenty of time for practicing, discussions and encounters.

Excursion to Ochsenhausen (Gabler 1728, 1755 ) and to Rot a.d. Rot (Holzhey 1793).


Public concert for teachers and participants

Lecture by Dr. Andreas Weil on the D minor Toccata and the 8 little preludes and fugues

Course language: German / English


Course fees: € 150 active / € 120 passive (one day € 50/€ 40)

Accommodation in monastery or hotel


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South German Organ Academy:

Since 2004 summer meeting place for organists from all over the world, young and old, for professionals and beginners

Lecturers and speakers since 2004: Dr. Michael Belotti, Prof. Dr. Busch, Prof. Jürgen Essl, Prof. Dr. Hoyer, Prof. Gerhard Gnann, Johannes Mayr, Franz Raml, Prof. Gerhard Weinberger; Prof. Jean-Claude Zehnder

Participants over the past 14 years have come from Germany, France, Great Britain, Japan, Korea, Mexico, the Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland, South Africa and the USA.

Southern German music-making practice on special historical instruments, historical playing practice, baroque splendor of space and sound, study days, concerts, organ tours, international encounters.

Cooperation with ISAM - International Summer Academy of Music.


Léon Berben

can be considered a master of his trade on the harpsichord and organ. In addition, his extensive knowledge of music history and historical performance practice makes him one of the leading figures of his generation on the early music scene. His repertoire includes keyboard works from 1550 to 1790 and he also co-authored the encyclopaedia Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart.

Intensive study of sources and constant research work give Léon Berben's art of interpretation a special status. His solo CD recordings on historical organs and harpsichords have been highly praised by the specialist press and have received numerous awards, including the "Diapason d'Or", the "Choc" from Le Monde de la Musique and the Quarterly Award of the German Record Critics.

He studied organ and harpsichord in Amsterdam and The Hague as the last student of G. Leonhardt as well as with R. Jiskoot, T. Koopman and T. Mathot, and graduated with a soloist's diploma.

He is associated as titular organist at the historic organ of St. Andrew's Church in Ostönnen - according to current research one of the oldest playable organs in the world (c.1425/1586/1721) - and in this function he helps supervise the concert series there. He is senior organist in residence at the Pieterskerk in Leiden (NL) with the van Hagerbeer organ from 1643.

Seit 2000 war er als Cembalist bei Musica Antiqua Köln (Reinhard Goebel) tätig. In dieser Eigenschaft gastierte er in Europa, Nord- und Südamerika sowie Asien und spielte zahlreiche CDs für Deutsche Grammophon/Archiv Produktion ein. Seit der Auflösung des Ensembles Ende 2006 verfolgt er eine ausgedehnte Solo-Karriere, die ihn auf renommierte internationale Festivals führte.

Since 2000 he has worked as a harpsichordist with Musica Antiqua Köln (Reinhard Goebel). In this capacity he made guest appearances in Europe, North and South America and Asia and recorded numerous CDs for Deutsche Grammophon/Archiv Produktion. Since the dissolution of the ensemble at the end of 2006, he has pursued an extensive solo career, which has taken him to renowned international festivals.