Helga Schauerte

Through her numerous concert tours, radio recordings and musicological research, organist Helga Schauerte has become one of the most outstanding musicians of her generation. She has recorded some thirty CDs featuring the complete organ works of Jehan Alain, Dieterich Buxtehude and Johann Sebastian Bach as well as her Composer Portraits series focussing on the music of Johann Heinrich Buttstett, Michel Corrette, Max Reger, Léon Boëllmann, Théodore Dubois and Jean Langlais. Schauerte gives recitals to great acclaim in Europe and the USA, is Staff Organist at the German Protestant Church (Christuskirche) in Paris and a professor at the Conservatoire Municipal of the 9th Arrondissement in Paris, lectures and sits on the juries of international organ competitions. In her work, the organist combines the traditions of the German and French schools. In 2006 she established the Bach Organ Academy in Pontaumur (Auvergne, France).

Helga Schauerte wrote the first ever book about the music of Jehan Alain to be published in Germany, and for her own collection has tracked down and acquired almost forty of the composer’s original manuscripts. She was involved in preparations to publish a new issue of the encyclopaedia Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart (Music in History and in the Present) for Bärenreiter-Verlag, has written articles about French organ music for The Manual of Organ Music and has prepared scholarly-critical releases of the full works of Léon Boëllmann, Théodore Dubois, Louis Vierne and Jehan Alain as well as the complete vocal music of Marc-Antoine Charpentier.

Helga Schauerte has produced several French and German Christmas carol-settings for organ and other instruments (published by Merseburger-Verlag).

Schauerte made her first public appearance at the age of ten. At the age of thirteen she became an organist in Lennestadt (Germany). She studied music, pedagogy and philosophy in Cologne under Viktor Lukas, subsequently continuing her studies in Paris under Marie-Claire Alain. Jean Langlais entrusted her with the first performances of several of his works, among which Miniature II is dedicated to her.

In 1987 Helga Schauerte received the cultural prize of the town of Olpe (Germany). Since 1990 her biography has been included in the International Who’s Who in Music every year. The organist was also selected for inclusion in the encyclopaedia 2000 Outstanding Musicians of the 20th Century.

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