Organ recital: Stefan Donner (Vienna), 1pm, 12 July 2022

Austrian organist Stefan Donner makes his debut at the Moot Hall with a recital of Beethoven, Schumann and Liszt. 1pm, Tuesday 12 July 2022; free entry, retiring collection.

Programme

Marche Religieuse from The Ruins of Athens – Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1827)

Finale from Symphony no 5 (arr. Ėdouard Batiste) – Beethoven

Sketches for Pedal Piano Op. 56 – Robert Schumann (1810 – 1856)

1. Nicht schnell und sehr markiert
2. Nicht schnell und sehr markiert
3. Lebhaft
4. Allegretto

Prelude on B-A-C-H – Franz Liszt (1811 – 1886)

This Recital is supported by Richard and Elizabeth Jurd

Stefan Donner earned degrees from the University of Music Vienna (with highest honours) where he studied organ, piano and conducting. He received his Master’s degree in organ performance from the Conservatory of Amsterdam. Additionally, Stefan has participated in masterclasses with Oliver Latry, Joris Verdun and Eduardo Bellotti. He notably received a 2014-15 Fulbright Scholarship to study organ and harpsichord at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York.

Stefan is the recipient of various awards, including First Prize in the Franz-Schmidt-Organ Competition (Austria) and Third Prize in the Dublin International Organ Competition (Ireland). Besides various radio and television recordings, Stefan has recorded CDs on the 1741 Dacci Organ of St Salvatore in Vienna and on the 1862 Buckow organ in the musical instruments collection of the Vienna Museum of Technology. These albums notably document his artistic proficiency as a concert organist. Stefan has performed extensively in Europe, Turkey, Israel, the USA and Australia. In 2017 he was invited to lecture on J.S.Bach’s organ Trio Sonatas at the Wladyslaw Zelenski Secondary School of Music in Krakow, Poland.

Donner’s previously held positions include Interim Director of Music and Organist at Klosterneuberg Abbey (near Vienna) from 2020-2021. Besides his busy concert schedule, he currently teaches piano and music theory at two schools and works as an accompanist.