- Dirk Elsemann

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Dirk Elsemann (* 18.8.1977 in Rhede/ Westfalen)

got his first organ lessons already at the age of 7 years by the church musician Alfred Heinzel. 1989 - 1992 he was organist at ev. Christ Church/ Bocholt. 1992 - 1993 interim organist at the cath. church “Liebfrauen”/ Bocholt during the vacancy. 1993 - 1994 organist of the cath. parish Sacred Heart/ Bocholt. 1994 - 2000 he became organist at the cath. parish Holy Cross/ Bocholt. 1994 Elsemann was the first winner (organ improvisation) in the Federal Competition “Jugend musiziert”/ Leipzig. He attended several master classes and seminars in artistic organ and improvisation (Anders Bondeman/ Stockholm, Helmut Deutsch/ Saarbrücken, Jon Laukvik/ Oslo, Peter Planyavsky/ Vienna, Jan Raas/ Utrecht and Daniel Roth/ Paris). 1995 - 1997 Basilica organist Wolfgang Seifen/ Kevelaer teached him (artistic organ and piano). 1997 - 2004 Elsemann studied at the Robert Schumann University in Dusseldorf and the University of the Arts Berlin church music with the conclusion of the A-diploma. His teachers were Stefan Schmidt, Leo van Doeselaar, Erwin Wiersinga, Paolo Crivellaro, Wolfgang Seifen, Raimund Wippermann, Uwe Gronostay a.o.. 1999 he won the Gottfried Schreuer prize for artistic organ and improvisation in Dusseldorf. 2001 Elsemann  was in the context of the gifted scholar Alfred Sittard Foundation. Since 2001 he is church musician at the cath. church Holy Cross/ Berlin-Wilmersdorf. He leads numerous training sessions for improvisation. Since the winter semester of 2003 Elsemann is lecturer for organ improvisation at the Ecumenical Institute of Sacred Music of the University of the Arts Berlin. 2004 - 2008 he reconstructed and expanded the romantic Steinmeyer organ in the cath. church Holy Cross/ Berlin-Wilmersdorf. 2005 concert diploma (organ improvisation) with distinction. His musical work is complemented by a lot of concerts through Europe and radio and CD recordings.

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