Dirk Elsemann (* 18.8.1977 in Rhede/ Westfalen)
received his first organ lessons at the age of 7 years with the church musician Alfred Heinzel / Bocholt. 1989 - 1992 he was organist of the ev. Christuskirche / Bocholt. 1993 - 1994 organist of the cath. Parish of Herz-Jesu / Bocholt. 1994 - 2000 he was the organist of the cath. Parish of Heilig Kreuz / Bocholt. 1994 Elsemann was the first prize winner (organ improvisation) in the national competition Jugend musiziert / Leipzig. He attended various masterclasses and seminars in the fields of artistic organ playing and improvisation with Anders Bondeman / Stockholm, Helmut Deutsch / Saarbrücken, Jon Laukvik / Oslo, Peter Planyavsky / Vienna, Jan Raas / Utrecht and Daniel Roth / Paris. 1995 - 1997 he was instructed by the then basilica organist Wolfgang Seifen / Kevelaer in organ. 1997 - 2004 Elsemann studied at the Robert Schumann University in Dusseldorf and the University of the Arts Berlin the subject church music with the completion of the A-diploma. Among his teachers were u.a. Stefan Schmidt, Leo van Doeselaar, Erwin Wiersinga, Paolo Crivellaro, Wolfgang Soifen, Raimund Wippermann and Uwe Gronostay. In 1999 he won the Gottfried Schreuer Prize for artistic organ playing and improvisation in Düsseldorf. In 2001, Elsemann was a scholarship holder of the Alfred Sittard Foundation within the framework of gifted education. Since 2001 he is church musician of the cath. Church of the Holy Cross / Berlin-Wilmersdorf. He leads numerous advanced training events for improvisation. Since the winter semester 2003 Elsemann is a lecturer in liturgical organ playing and improvisation at the Institute for Sacred Music of the Berlin University of the Arts. 2004 - 2008 he reconstructed and expanded the romantic Steinmeyer organ of the cath. Church of the Holy Cross, Berlin-Wilmersdorf. In 2005 he passed the concert exam organ improvisation with distinction. From 2008 - 2013 Elsemann was lecturer in church organ playing at the church music C-seminary of Ev. Church Berlin-Brandenburg-Silesian Upper Lusatia at the University of Arts Berlin. In 2014 he was appointed to the Archbishop's Church Music Commission Berlin by the Archbishop of Berlin Rainer Maria Cardinal Woelki. Since 2016 he also teaches organ improvisation at the University of Music, Theater and Media in Hanover. His musical work is completed by a Europe-wide concert activity as well as radio and CD recordings.