Daniel Chorzempa

em.Univ.Prof.
from 1994 to 2013 University Professor for organ at University Mozarteum Salzburg.





Daniel Chorzempa began piano studies at the age of four, violin at seven, organ at twelve, followed by harpsichord and fortepiano. At the age of thirteen he held his first position as church organist and at the age of seventeen became music instructor at the University of Minnesota, where he also studied architecture and was awarded a Ph.D. in musicology and Renaissance studies. He subsequently took diplomas in conducting, piano and composition as a member of the Studio for Electronic Music of the Musikhochschule of Cologne. His compositions have been performed throughout Europe and have been the subject of studies in books and journals.

Conducting engagements in Europe and Japan encompass a repertory for symphonic and operatic works from the eighteenth century to the present. He was awarded the Bach Prize of Leipzig for his organ playing.

He ist recognized today throughout the world as a keyboard instrument specialist, his many broadcasts and recordings having won him wide critical acclaim. He gives concerts in the great concert halls and international festivals throughout Europe, North America, Africa, Japan and Southeast Asia. His technical prowess and phenomenal memory, coupled with his profound knowledge of performance practice and style, as well as his wide-ranging, varied and many-faceted repertoire - encompassing over five centuries - all contribute to his reputation as one of the world`s finest artists.

His performances of Liszt`s compositions have contributed greatly to the renaissance of this composer`s works and in recognition he was awarded the first Grand Prix du Disque of the Budapest Liszt Society. Other awards for his interpretations have included the prestigious Edison Prize and the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik. Further recordings of great repute include those of Bach, Widor and Vierne; organ concertos of Haydn, Händel and Saint-Saens; piano sonatas of Beethoven; and Johann Sebastian Bach`s Well-Tempered-Clavier on the clavichord, harpsichord, organ and fortepiano, recognized as an exemplary display of historic performance practice.

He occasionally holds seminars on topics which range from art of the Middle Ages to contemporary music.

Recently he has been re-elected to the Board of Directors of the Neue Bach Gesellschaft, Leipzig (New Bach Society).