Wolfgang Seifen

Wolfgang Seifen was first trained at the Regensburger Domspatzen’ music grammar school and then continued his studies in church music in Aachen. After working as a church musician in Aachen and Nettetal-Lobberich, he became organist of the Seifert organ at St. Mary’s Basilica in Kevelaer. He has also worked as a choral conductor and has written his own compositions, most notably his Missa Solemnis for Grand Orchestra, Choir and Organ for Pope Benedikt XVI´s 80th birthday.

As a professor for improvisation and liturgical organ performance at the state music academies in Stuttgart and Duesseldorf, he published several works on these topics. Currently, he lectures at the University of the Arts in Berlin where he is also the organist at the Emperor Wilhelm Memorial Church.

He has been an award winner of outstanding competitions, including Strasbourg and Nuremberg and is teaching additionally at international organ academies for improvisation especially at the Altenberg Academy of which he was a co-founder.

His appearances on radio, televison and numerous recordings made his art accessible to a large audience. Wolfgang Seifen is considered to be one of the most important experts in organ building.