Kai Krakenberg, organ

From Husum in northern Germany, Kai Krakenberg presents a varied programme of music by Vierne, Widor, Eben, Whitlock and others.

Kai Krakenberg was born in 1970 in Essen, where he was a student of Heiner Graßt from 1982-1992. He was already an extra-official organist in the ninth grade in Essen-Kray. He held this position until shortly before his A-Exams in 1997. He studied sacred music (organ, piano and conducting) at the Folkwang-College of Music in Essen with Professors Gisbert Schneider and Gerd Zacher, receiving his degree in 1997. During his studies, he was Professor Schneider’s assistant; he also took part in many fellowships and courses both in Germany and abroad with internationally renowned organists (Northern Germany, the Netherlands, France, Denmark, Italy, and USA). Between 1997 and 2005 he held positions of Director of Music at the Lutheran Garnison Church and at Bergstedt Church, Hamburg. Since April 2005, Kai Krakenburg has been Director of Music, cantor and organist at the city church of St Mary in Husum, where Nicolaus Bruhns was also the director. In addition, he is music director for the North Frisia church district and director of the West Coast C-Seminar.

Kai has played Bach’s complete organ works in 28 concerts at St Mary’s Church, Husum. In addition, his personal interest focuses on the works of the northern German school as well as the great organ works of German, French and Anglo-Saxon / American composers. As a concert organist, he has performed in almost every European country, as well as Russia, Asia, the United States and Canada.