Two new organ teachers

The Classical Music department of Codarts has two new organ teachers: Zuzana Ferjencikova and Christian Schmitt. They are the successors of Ben van Oosten, who will retire this month.

After an international selection procedure, Zuzana Ferjencikova and Christin Schmitt were both favorites of the selection committee. By mutual agreement, they decided to take over the tasks of Ben van Oosten together. In this way, team teaching at the organ department can be continued optimally and the specialism of Ben van Oosten – the symphonic organ repertoire – is guaranteed in the study programme.

Zuzana Ferjencikova (Slovakia) studied with Peter Planyavsky and Jean Gillou, among others. She is a concert organist, pianist and composer. Her main interest lies in the music of the Romantic period, 19th and 20th centuries, especially the music of Franz Liszt, César Franck, Jean Guillou (complete works) and Marcel Dupré. Through her international pedagogical and organizational activities, she brings in an international artistic network. Several of her students have received awards. For more information, please visit: www.ferjencikova.info.

Christian Schmitt (Germany) studied musicology, and organ with Daniel Roth in Paris, among others. He has been main organist with the Bamberger Symphoniker since 2014. At the same time he maintains a flourishing international concert practice. His main speciality is the symphonic organ repertoire. Christian has performed on more than 40 CDs, for labels such as Deutsche Grammophon and cpo. For more information, please visit www.christianschmitt.info.

With the appointment of Zuzana Ferjencikova and Christian Schmitt, the staff of the organ department is complete again. It also consists of main subject teachers Aart Bergwerff (who is also teaching arranging for organ and organ building) and Bas de Vroome (who is also teaching music didactics and basso continuo) and the specialists Hayo Boerema (improvisation), Hanna Rijken (liturgy), Arie Hoek (hymnology and cantorate), Connie de Jongh (singing) and Marcel Zijlstra (plainchant).

Christian Schmitt (photo Uwe Arens) and Zuzana Ferjencikova (photo Jean Lemoine).