Prof. Christoph Schoener
Church Musical Director
Hauptkirche St. Michaelis
Englische Planke 1
Tel. +49 (0)40 3767 8143
I was extremely impressed with his organ playing, which is clear, commanding, uncompromising and transparent for the message of the pieces he’s playing.
I know him to be an extraordinary organist who has mastered an extensive, varied repertoire.
He’s an expressive player with a feel for style.
Christoph Schoener’s technique is magnificent. Very much a musician, he’s skilled at interpreting all kinds of music: early, classical and modern. He is a true artist and I have no doubt that he will have a brilliant international career.
Born in Heidelberg, Christoph Schoener studied with Ludwig Doerr in Freiburg, Gaston Litaize in Paris and Ewald Kooiman in Amsterdam, ultimately obtaining a soloist diploma at the University of Music Freiburg. He was granted a scholarship by the German Academic Scholarship Foundation as well as Premier Prix a l’unanimité at the end of his organ degree course in Paris.
After many years as cantor and organist in Leverkusen and as State Church Musical Director of the Evangelical Church in the Rhineland, he was appointed Church Musical Director at St. Michael’s, the landmark of Hamburg.
Since then, he and the St. Michael’s Choir have regularly performed all the great works of Johann Sebastian Bach as well as important choir/orchestra pieces by Monteverdi, Telemann, Händel, Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Bruckner, Dvořák, Verdi, Liszt, Poulenc, F. Martin, Rihm and Bernstein.
Christoph Schoener has performed as an organist in many cathedrals and music centres in Europe, Israel, South Africa and the US. He has also made multiple guest appearances at Elbphilharmonie Hamburg and the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival.
In addition to his church music activities, Christoph Schoener spent more than 20 years teaching artistic organ playing at German musical academies in Freiburg, Heidelberg, Düsseldorf and, between 2013 and 2015, at the University of Music and Theatre ‘Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy’ in Leipzig. He’s often invited to serve on the juries of international competitions as well as lead master classes.
Many CDs and radio recordings of his organ playing and conducting document his artistic status. Christoph Schoener releases his recordings exclusively through the MDG label, currently with variation pieces by Brahms in organ and in the past with two Reger CDs, all the Bach toccatas for organ and a performance that received the ECHO KLASSIK Award in 2016.
In May 2018, Christoph Schoener was awarded the professor title by the Senate of Hamburg.