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Hans Davidsson

Professor of Organ at Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY and the Hochschule für Künste, Bremen (Germany)


295 Rhinecliff Drive

Rochester, NY 14618


Tel +1 585 256 3867

Mobile: +1 585 35 06 506


E-mail: hdavidsson@esm.rochester.edu



Karin Nelson

Artistic Co-Director of the Göteborg International Organ Academy


Academy of Music and Drama, Göteborg University

P.O. Box 210


Mobile: +46-(0)70-2970426

E-mail: Karin.Nelson@hsm.gu.se


Hans Davidsson received his Soloist Diploma from the Conservatory of Göteborg, Sweden in 1985, having studied with Hans Fagius. A special interest in early music led to three years study with Jacques van Oortmerssen at the Sweelinck Conservatorium in Amsterdam and post-graduate research on North German Baroque organ music focused on Matthias Weckmann for the University of Göteborg. In September 1991, his thesis Matthias Weckmann: the Interpretation of his Organ Music (writing, edition and recording) was defended and he became the first doctor of music performance in Sweden.
Since 1974 he has given regular recitals in the Scandinavian countries including tours to England, Germany, the Netherlands and in the USA.
In 1986, he was appointed organ teacher at the School of Music, Göteborg University and appointed organ professor in 1988. Since 1989, he was responsible for the establishment of an organ center for research in performance practice and a program of organ instruments which was built according to historical principles (such as a full-grown North-German baroque organ, which was inaugurated in 2000).
From 1995-2000, he was the director of the Göteborg Organ Art Center, GOArt, and he is currently its General Artistic and Research Director as well as the Artistic Director of the Göteborg International Organ Academy. In 2001, he was appointed Professor of organ at the Eastman School Music, Rochester, NY, USA, and Project Director of the Eastman Rochester Organ Initiative (EROI).
In 2001 he was awarded the ĹForsk research prize (the Research Foundation of the ĹF Group), one of Sweden's most distinguished research awards, and in January 2004 he was awarded the King's medal, the highest national award in Sweden, for "significant accomplishments in musicology and music, primarily in the fields of organ research and organ education".


Karin Nelson was born in Skellefteå in the far north of Sweden. She studied music and education at the Piteå School of Music and church music at the Gothenburg School of Music. From the latter she also received her Soloist Diploma under guidance of, among others, Rune Wåhlberg and Hans-Ola Ericsson. During two years at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam she also studied harpsichord and organ for Anneke Uittenbosch and Jacques van Oortmerssen. Her second year was financed by a scholarship by the State of Netherlands. Over the years she has taught at three schools of music in Sweden; Piteå, Malmö and Göteborg. For the last several years she is senior lecturer in organ and organ improvisation at the Academy of music and drama, University of Gothenburg. She gives regular recitals in Sweden and abroad and has made several recordings. The programs often include both traditional organ repertoire and free improvisation. In recent years Karin has performed together with two colleagues, presenting concerts featuring improvisatory folk music and jazz. The title of her doctoral dissertation is Improvisation and Pedagogy through Heinrich Scheidemann’s Magnificat Settings.