Bernhard Haas

Bernhard Haas, born in 1964, studied in Cologne, Freiburg and Vienna. He had numerous competition successes, including first prizes at the 1983 Bach Competition in Wiesbaden and at the 1988 Liszt Competition in Budapest, and has been professor of organ at the State University of Music and Performing Arts, Stuttgart since 1994. Since 2013, he is appointed organ professor at the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich. Among his most important teachers were Xavier Darasse, Jean Guillou, Ludger Lohmann, Michael Schneider, Albert Simon and Zsigmond Szathmáry.

Bernhard Haas’s repertoire ranges from the music of Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck to works composed within the last few years, with particular focus on the 17th and the 19th centuries, Johann Sebastian Bach and new music.

Concert engagements and radio recordings take Bernhard Haas to almost every country in Europe and to Japan and Corea. He is frequently invited to give master-classes and is in great demand as a jury member at international organ competitions. His work in the field of music theory includes the publication of analyses after Heinrich Schenker and Albert Simon. In 2008 he published a little known organ work by César Franck dating from 1854 and, with Veronica Diederen « Die zweistimmigen Inventionen von Johann Sebastian Bach : Neue musikalische Theorien und Perspektiven ».