Welcome to episode 22 of Secrets of Organ Playing Podcast!
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Today's guest is Pieter van Dijk, a master Dutch organist and pedagogue.
Pieter van Dijk (1958) studied organ with Bert Matter at the Arnhem Conservatory. He continued his studies with Gustav Leonhardt, Marie-Claire Alain and Jan Raas and was a prize-winner at international organ competitions at Deventer (1979) and Innsbruck (1986).
He is the organist of the St. Laurenskerk and in addition he is the City Organist of Alkmaar. Pieter van Dijk is the artistic representative for the city of Alkmaar in the ‘European Cities of Historic Organs’ (ECHO). He is also a member of the ‘Beirat’ of the Arp Schnitger Gesellschaft in Germany as well as being active in the organ-commission of the Katharinenkirche in Hamburg. In addition to concert engagements throughout Europe and the USA, Pieter van Dijk is professor of organ at the Conservatories of Amsterdam and Hamburg. His publications include articles on Matthias Weckmann, Sweelinck and J.S. Bach, and he has made several recordings on historic instruments in Spain and the Netherlands.
Photos above: the world-famous 1646 / 1725 van Hagerbeer / F.C. Schnitger organ (above) is perhaps the most beautiful organ in the world both to listen to and to look at. The second organ is equally illustrious: the 1511 van Covellens choir organ is the oldest playable organ in the Netherlands.
In this conversation, Pieter will share his insights about the two world-famous organs at Saint Laurenskerk in Alkmaar.
J.S. Bach - Kommst du nun Jesu, vom Himmel herunter BWV 650 on the Van Hagerbeer Schnitger organ in Alkmaar, Saint Laurenskerk:
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