In 1973, a group of organbuilders met in Washington, D.C. to explore the possibility of planning a professional association. A provisional board was established and a constitution committee was appointed. In September of 1974, a convention was held in Dayton, Ohio, which adopted a constitution and bylaws, signed charter members and elected a board of directors. Since that time, conventions have been held each year in cities throughout the United States and Canada. These meetings are structured around a full schedule of technical lectures, visits to local organ shops and instruments, product exhibits and business meetings. The opportunity to meet other builders, technicians and suppliers for the purpose of sharing ideas and information is another important benefit of each convention.
The number of organs manufactured by Mr. Cavaillé-Coll can be estimated at about five hundred of all types. These works are greatly admired both in France and abroad. The list is well known. But they are also the work of his carefully recruited workshop foremen and companions: the Neuburgers, the Veerkamps. or the workers from the very first days at Saint-Denis: the Sauvages, the Puigs the Parisots.
Mr. Cavaillé-Coll's financial management was a family affair with as few shareholders as possible and especially few observers. He was a single-hander who was little disposed to sharing responsibilities. He used revenue from investments and loans from friends like the banker Henri Place. He negotiated directly with the bishops using his brother-in-law, Hippolyte Blanc, a well-informed civil servant and adviser to the Administration des Cultes, as mediator. By building drawing room organs (L'Orgue - cahiers et mémoires - Carolyn Shuster-Fournier - Les Orgues de Salon d'Aristide Cavaillé-Coll, Paris, 1997, no 57 - 58), he nurtured prestigious social connections and sought a luxury clientele "You are a great artist and a gentleman but a very poor businessman in this world, my poor dear Master, now more than ever you must do nothing that doesn't result in a profit". One of his main protectors and saviour, Paul Chandon de Briailles, Director of the Moët & Chandon Company in Epernay (1898), didn't beat about the bush with these words at the time of the failure of the Cavaillé organs. (...)
This website is dedicated to the organ builder Arp Schnitger and in particular to his instrument of St Pancratius Church of Hamburg-Neuenfelde (2 manuals, 34 stops, built 1683-88). (...) Arp Schnitger, who was born in 1648 as a son of a carpenters family near Bremen, has built more than 100 new instruments in Germany and the Netherlands, delivering single instruments even to England, Russia, Spain, Portugal and Brazil. Only about thirty instruments have been preserved until today. They still impress through optical grandeur, solid construction and fascinating sound. Schnitger's art has been a landmark until today, and the locations of his preserved instruments have become destinations of pilgrims from the organ world. (...)
The APOBA is a professional association of North American firms engaged in building traditional pipe organs. Members of APOBA are a select group of organbuilders who have passed stringent membership requirements. These requirements include commitment to principles regarding the use of electronic technology in pipe organ building.
La fondation de l’Association Cavaillé-Coll remonte à 1975. À cette époque, la transformation des instruments de ce facteur était encore courante, le classement comme monuments historiques était rarissime et l’acceptation de son esthétique comme pleinement valable pour elle-même était tout au plus admise comme hypothétique. Il a été décidé de publier une revue La Flûte Harmonique. Les deux premières années ont été marquées notamment par des concerts de prestige à Saint-Sulpice et une action de protestation lors de la reconstruction totale du premier orgue parisien significatif de la maison Cavaillé-Coll père et fils, Notre-Dame de Lorette.
Association of Swiss Organbuilders (Gesellschaft Schweizerischer Orgelbaufirmen - GSO).
The Association of Swiss Organbuilders (Die Gesellschaft Schweizerischer Orgelbaufirmen ~ GSO) was founded in 1974 as an employers' federation, with the aim both of improving the collaboration between Swiss Organbuilders and also the promotion of training and development for its workforce and apprentices. The organisation comprises at present 14 organ building companies, in which some 120 workers and 20 apprentices are employed.
C.B. Fisk Inc., Designers and Builders of Pipe Organs.
Nearly fifty years ago Charles Brenton Fisk founded our company. By turns curious, wise, funny, and demanding, Charlie revived traditional organ building, most notably a return to mechanical (or "tracker") key action. His rich and eclectic musical sensibility left an indelible mark on American organ building and on those of us who proudly continue Charlie's legacy of innovation and thoughtful craftsmanship.
We believe that an organ is a means by which a musician brings music to life. Our instruments are most successful when they function acoustically and aesthetically as one with the buildings they live in. We build a precise scale model of each building to ensure that the organ complements the architecture that surrounds it, and take equal care in composing a stop list that meets the musical needs of each client. The final step is the painstaking voicing of the instrument, adjusting each pipe to the acoustics of the room. (...)
(...) Curieux de répertoires originaux, il mène depuis de nombreuses années des recherches sur l’interprétation de la musique sacrée et des pièces d’orgue des XIXe et XXe siècles. Ces investigations ont débouché sur plusieurs séries de concerts allant de César Franck à Olivier Messiaen et sur plusieurs enregistrements dont l’intégrale de l’œuvre pour orgue et des motets de César Franck en deux volumes réalisée pour le label Aeolus en collaboration avec Les solistes-de-Lyon-Bernard Tétu. Un double album d’œuvres inédites pour orgue d’Edouard Batiste vient de paraître chez Aeolus.
Depuis plusieurs années, il s’efforce de renouveler la forme des concerts d’orgue et de musique sacrée. Il a ainsi organisé plusieurs manifestations artistiques comme le Festival d’automne à Vandœuvres consacré à la musique de chambre avec orgue (depuis novembre 2002), des cycles de cultes choraux et de cultes cantates (depuis 2002), un spectacle mêlant danse et orgue (Pasos-Passacaglia, 2008), deux Marathons d’orgue lors des Fêtes de la musique de Genève 2008 et 2010, un Festival de Psaumes dans le cadre de Calvin-09 (2009) et Les Nuits de Saint-Gervais, soirées unissant orgue et vidéo-projections (2009).
In today's Europe, committed with new forms of aggregation more and more often distinguished by economic reasoning, it is extremely significant that nine cities from the same number of countries in the Old Continent, have used music, in particular organ music, as the uniting element for their twinning. In fact, in over five centuries musical history, each community entrusted skilful craftsmen with the task of making perfect instruments to be located in the choir lofts of Cathedrals, in Sanctuaries and in small Parish Churches. The Cassamarca Foundation has always attempted to promote all initiatives aimed at enhancing the value of and protecting artistic and cultural works and for this reason gave fi nancial support to a project to renovate a large number of historical instruments in the Marca Trevigiana area belonging to the scuola veneta which began with Pietro Nacchini to reach its maximum splendour with Gaetano Callido. This is the reason we accepted the invitation of the Promoting Committee of the Treviso International Organ Festival to participate actively, in 1997, in those initiatives that lead to the undersigning of a protocol of intention, which was put into practice in Toulouse with the birth of the Committee of the Cities of Historical Organs.
La Fédération Francophone des Amis de l'Orgue (FFAO), association internationale, a été fondée en 1983. Elle a pour objet de: "fédérer, dans le respect du pluralisme, les associations d'amis de l'orgue à tuyaux; manifester leur unité; respecter leur diversité; les aider à ouvrer pour la cause de l'orgue; diffuser toutes informations organologiques". Elle est placée sous le patronage d'honneur des organistes et compositeurs: Marie-Claire Alain, Guy Bovet, Michel Chapuis, Raymond Daveluy, Rolande Falcinelli, Bernard Foccroule, Marie-Louise Girod, Jean Guillou, Jean-Pierre Leguay, Lionel Rogg, Daniel Roth. Veillent sur elle maintenant: Xavier Darasse, Maurice Duruflé, André Fleury, Jean Langlais, Gaston Litaize, Olivier Messiaen et Pierre Sego.
Hendrik Wicher Flentrop established a piano- and organ business in Zaandam in 1903. One of the reasons behind this was his discontent with the sound which resulted after a radical revision in 1900, of the organ in the Westzijderkerk in Zaandam, where he had been organist since 1893. This instrument had originally been built by Johannes Duyschot and was completed in 1712. With the revision in 1900 the organ was provided with a specification which was adapted to the prevailing fashion in those days and with a pneumatic action. During the first decades the work consisted of maintenance, restorations, removals and extensions. The first newly built organ was completed in 1915. In 1922 the first contacts were made with Dr. Albert Schweitzer and the ideas of the 'Orgelbewegung' became familiar to father (HW) and son (DA) Flentrop. Son Dirk Andries (1910-2003) gained experience in organbuilding with various companies abroad, before he came to work for his father. Especially his time with Frobenius in Denmark was of major importance to his later work.
L 'Accademia nasce come associazione nel 1975, per volontà dell'organista pistoiese Umberto Pineschi.. Nel 1984 si trasforma in fondazione, sostenuta dal Comune di Pistoia, dalla Provincia di Pistoia e dalla locale Cassa di Risparmio, che riconoscono nell'Accademia lo strumento per salvaguardare e valorizzare il ricco patrimonio di organi storici presente sul territorio: a Pistoia infatti, dal 1700 ai primi decenni del 1900, operano due famiglie di artigiani organari, gli Agati e i Tronci, che fabbricano organi a trasmissione meccanica. La qualità dei loro strumenti dà luogo alla nascita di una scuola organaria pistoiese, che si fa conoscere in molti paesi d'Europa e d'oltre oceano. A Pistoia quasi tutte le chiese si dotano di un organo Agati o Tronci (le due famiglie si fonderanno in un'unica ditta alla fine dell'800). L 'Accademia d'Organo si propone di mantenere viva questa tradizione, attraverso iniziative, concerti, corsi, pubblicazioni, lezioni che si occupano di organi storici e della letteratura musicale ad essi dedicata.
From early childhood Van den Heuvel felt a special affinity with symphonic organ music. At the age of sixteen he went to work for Flentrop in Zaandam in the Netherlands. He persisted in his championship of the romantic organ in the face of Flentrop's neo-baroque ideals and finally in 1967 he registered himself as an independant organ builder. At that time he was twenty which made hime the youngest organ builder in the Netherlands. In that same year, Jan constructed his first organ (one manual and pedal, 10 stops) which recieved immediate admiration for its melodious voicing and solid mechanical construction. The actual construction activities took place in part of his fathers workshop as painter. As a result of the numerous positive reactions, Jan was commissioned to build a new three manual organ of 32 stops for the Singelkerk at Ridderkerk. This was a fantastic opportunity for the young organbuilder, as he was not only responsible for the design and construction of the instrument, but he also made the richly profiled organcase and woodcarvings. (...)
Mathis Orgelbau has built more than 350 new organs of all sizes throughout the world - for private residences, churches, and concert halls. Mathis Orgelbau also specializes in the restoration of period instruments stemming from a long range of organ history. Countless concert cycles, as well as ongoing radio, television and CD productions with renowned artists provide ample testimony to the advanced technology and superlative tone quality of Mathis Orgelbau organs. This excellent reputation regularly leads to new assignments as is evidenced by such important achievements as the five organs in the Benedictine Convent in Einsiedeln, the two organs for the Vatican, the two organs in the Scot's Church in Vienna, the two great organs in the Pilgrimage Basilica in Maria Zell and the ten organs of the Eichstätt diocese.
Organist. (...) Attualmente compie in Portogallo il dottorato di ricerca in musica orientato dal Prof. Dr. J. P. Oliveira, con la realizzazione di una dissertazione scientifica inerente al trattamento compositivo della registrazione organistica nell'Opera di Jean Guillou che considera ulteriormente, quale risultato globale estensibile ad ogni opera organistica di qualsiasi epoca, una teoria originale e sistematica di interazione tra forma musicale e registrazione organistica. (...)
Het Orgel. Internet Magazine on European Organ Art.
The Internet pages of Europe's oldest magazine on Organ Art: het orgel [i.e. the organ]. Het orgel is a magazine of Dutch origin. This Internet site contains English summaries of articles published in het orgel. Every second month we will add the newest summaries. The site also contains a survey of which festival is happening where in Europe, and an extensive collection of links to other interesting organ sites throughout the world.
O Instituto de Cultura e Arte Organística (ArteOrg) é uma uma entidade civil sem fins lucrativos, organizada sob a forma de associação, com sede no Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brasil. Constitui objeto do ArteOrg o estudo, a divulgação, o incentivo e a promoção teórica e prática da música organística, desde o seu surgimento até à contemporaneidade, sem restrições de tempo, nem de espaço geográfico, estabelecendo parcerias, buscando patrocínios, criando, fomentando e promovendo projetos culturais pertinentes, a envolver não apenas a criação musical em si, mas, também, os instrumentos (órgãos) para sua respectiva execução. É atribuição do ArteOrg a realização de recitais, concertos, gravações, palestras, seminários, intercâmbios, e assemelhados, tendo como objeto a música para órgão.
The International Society of Organ Builders (ISO) was founded in 1957 in Amsterdam. A large group of Organ Builders from several European countries met there with the aim of promoting communication, mutual respect and sharing of knowledge among organ builders. Today the Society comprises over 280 Member firms in 27 countries worldwide. It stands for quality in pipe-organ building and welcomes the variety of styles and methods of organ building in different countries. The ISO holds bi-annual congresses, during which members some of their family and members spend a week getting to know each other, to explore organs and organ building in a particular area and to discuss topics related to the pipe-organ. The most recent Congress took place in the Baltic Countries, preceded by congresses in Paris (F), Cambridge (GB), Heilbronn (D), Boston (USA) and Antwerp (B). Other activities include workshops on organ-building topics, held at various locations, exchange of trainees and the publication of the ISO-Journal, described in another page on this site. Published in the three ISO-languages (French, English, German) it is unique among scholarly publications relating to the pipe organ.
(...) His work "Mars Aelíptica"(1992) for solo organ has been awarded in the International Concours in Organ Composition (UNESP) , Brazil (1998).
He is also author of the video "Organos Notables de Buenos Aires" which shows the Cavaillé-Coll instruments in the city plus several other interesting historic organs arrived from Germany, England and Italy.
Rafael Ferreyra's organ tours included recitals at St.Patrick's Cath. (New York), Cath. of St John the Divine (New York), Cathedral of the Incarnation (NY), Washington National Cath., Methuen Memorial Music Hall (Boston), Woolsey Hall (Yale University), Bourges Cath. (France), Basílica Arcipestral de Morella (Spain), Bonn Cathedral (Germany), Frauenkirche (Nürmberg), Egyetemi Templom (Budpest), Hartford Cathedral (USA), St. Paul's Cathedral (London), Trinity Church, (Boston), Ulm Cathedral, Erding Organ Festival, Deutsches Museum (Munchen). (...)
Organ Building Company. Fine organs are works of art due to their outstanding harmony of sound, technique and architecture . We construct all parts of our organs in our own workshops in order to fulfill this high quality demand. Therefore, our planning studio can overview the entire construction process in an optimal way - and it can control each part of the process. The manufacturers of the different departments work in small teams . Organ builders, carpenters, voicers, model builders, pipe makers, wood carvers - each one of our specialists guarantees the quality with his name.
Love for the organ and its music that's the only requirement for membership in this society of friends of the organ. We are an international organization that seeks members from all levels of interest in the organ. Whether you simply listen enthusiastically or you play, build, or study the organ as an avocation or profession, the Organ Historical Society invites you to join.The Society promotes a widespread musical and historical interest in American organbuilding through collection, preservation, and publication of historical information, and through recordings and public concerts.
TALLER DE ORGANERÍA ACITORES S.L., les da la bienvenida a nuestra Web, donde podrá acercarse a nuestras instalaciones, conocer a nuestro equipo, ver nuestros trabajos y, sobre todo, comprender nuestra filosofía...
"La música da alma al universo, alas a la mente, vuelos a la imaginación, consuelo a la tristeza y vida y alegría a todas las cosas." (Platón)
En los Órganos de nueva creación, el Taller de Organería Acitores, S.L. combina los recursos musicales de los grandes órganos de las escuelas europeas con los timbres característicos de la escuela castellana, consiguiendo instrumentos con unos matices sonoros muy personales: timbres brillantes sin estridencias; profundidad y dulzura; amplio colorido musical, armónicamente conjuntado sobre una base sinfónica. Cada órgano tiene un diseño exclusivo, adecuado al estilo arquitectónico de cada Templo o Sala de Conciertos.
A los métodos tradicionales de construcción de secretos, tubería, teclados y mecánicas, nuestro equipo incorpora los recursos e innovaciones técnicas más modernas, siendo uno de los pocos talleres con capacidad para construir íntegramente todos los elementos que componen un órgano y en fabricar y armonizar su propia tubería, tanto de metal como de madera.
La experiencia y los medios de los que dispone el Taller le permiten recuperar cada elemento de la maquinaria de un órgano antiguo y, si el original se ha perdido o no es posible su recuperación, reproducirlo fielmente con las mismas técnicas constructivas y materiales con que fue concebido. De esta manera, se recuperan las características musicales de los órganos según la escuela o época a la que pertenecen.
Órgão Arp Schnitger da Catedral da Sé de Mariana, Brasil. A catedral da Sé de Mariana guarda um precioso tesouro musical - um órgão construído na primeira década do século XVIII em Hamburgo, Alemanha, por Arp Schnitger (1648-1719), um dos maiores construtores de órgãos de todos os tempos. Enviado inicialmente a uma Igreja Franciscana em Portugal, o órgão chegou ao Brasil em 1753, como presente da coroa portuguesa ao primeiro Bispo de Mariana. É um instrumento de grande importância, tanto pela sua antigüidade e comprovada autoria, quanto por ter sido objeto de um amplo trabalho de restauração. Entre os órgãos da manufatura Schnitger que sobreviveram até hoje, esse é um dos exemplares mais bem conservados e o único que se encontra fora da Europa. O instrumento está sendo estudado, a fim de fazer parte do tombamento internacional de órgãos da manufatura Arp Schnitger pela Unesco.
Organs have been built, restored and maintained in Felsberg for over 100 years, originally for the surrounding region and neighbouring cantons. Nestled between the Calanda massif with an altitude of 2800m and the River Rhine, the village of Felsberg lies just a few kilometres away from Chur, the capital of the canton of Grison. In the past, the security afforded by the village's location at the foot of the imposing Calanda massif has proved deceptive, however, and enormous rock masses have crashed down into the valley, fortunately without claiming any human lives.
In the early 19th C, gold was discovered near the Calanda and a small goldmine was constructed. Nowadays, the Felsberg wine «Goldene Sonne» (golden sun) is the only reminder of this era. From 1817, Felsberg possessed a bell foundry which survived until 1901 and cast more than 200 church bells. Here, too, the only reminder is the «Glockengiesser» (bell caster) wine.
In 1898 a new profession established itself in Felsberg – that of organ builder. After a few years of interruption, organ builder Richard Freytag revived this noble craft in 1968.
Als ich am 01. Januar 1970 meine eigene Orgelbauwerkstatt gründete, ahnte ich nicht, wie der weitere Weg aussehen würde. Mit Mut, Zuversicht und voller Vertrauen nahm ich das Werk in Angriff. Viele Menschen standen mir hilfreich zur Seite, als es darum ging, die Anfangsschwierigkeiten zu überwinden. Ihnen allen, ohne im Einzelnen Namen zu nennen, sei herzlich gedankt. Ohne deren Hilfe hätte sich die Orgelbaufirma Georges Heintz nicht in dieser Form entwickeln können. Etwa 190 Orgeln unterschiedlicher Größe verließen inzwischen meine Werkstatt, von dem dreiregistrigen Orgelpositiv bis hin zur viermanualigen Orgel mit 58 Registern für die Kirche St. Stephan in Konstanz. Dank meiner hochqualifizierten zehn Mitarbeiter konnten die Arbeitsweise und Technik laufend verbessert werden, so daß Instrumente bester Qualität in solider handwerklicher Ausführung entstehen konnten.
Alors qu'il était encore compagnon chez Marx Klinger (facteur d'orgue renommé à l'époque), Jakob Metzler, né en 1855 à Schwarzenberg, fit la connaissance du canton suisse des Grisons. Il participa entre autre à la construction du nouvel orgue de Lumbrein (1893). Accompagné de sa femme, originaire de Gais en Appenzell et de ses deux garçons Karl (né en 1890) et Otto (né en 1892), ils s'installèrent à Jenaz en 1894. C'est ainsi qu'il débuta comme facteur d'orgue indépendant. Il faut préciser que déjà en 1893, il prit en charge la reconstruction de l'orgue Abrederis à Grüsch. (...)
We organ builders are, almost without exception, idealists and tend to live in a world of our own. Organ building entails lengthy and highly complex planning and production processes that go way beyond the norm. Nowadays, unique, handmade products involving immense amounts of work and time are mostly too expensive. We find that working in a profession where no other approach can even be considered is extremely satisfying. Organ builders, pipe-makers, cabinet-makers and artists from many different disciplines muster all the expertise and creative talent at their disposal to achieve a single, common goal: to build, restore and maintain instruments at the highest possible level of perfection.
In order to make each organ a queen "handicraft" and "art" have to be fused to a whole. The organs of Späth meet this requirement. They are musical instruments individually made for the respective church and known for their elaborated and appealing voicing. The conception, thought-out down to the last detail, is implemented with first quality materials and by excellent workmanship, including the invisible interior.
Magazine Flamand de l'art et de l'orgue. Orgelkunst est le magazine flamand pour la culture de l'orgue, qui s'adresse aux organistes: les connaisseurs ainsi que les amateurs, les facteurs et experts, les responsables pour la musique d'église, les musicologues, historiens et historiens d'arts et d'autres intéressés. Parmi nos abonnés nous comptons de nombreuses bibliothèques nationales et internationales. Le magazine a été fondé en 1978 et contient des articles sur la restauration d'orgues et la facture des nouveaux instruments, sur des compositions pour orgue, choses personnelles, évènements autour de l'orgue tels que festivals et concours, comptes rendus, informations, un agenda étendu des concerts d'orgues et un index des magazines de l'orgue internationales. Dans le magazine vous trouverez en outre des résumés en anglais et en français (à partir de mars 2005) des articles principaux.
Dedicada de lleno a la actividad concertística, Pilar Cabrera actúa desde 1982 como solista, en dúo con trompeta, con percusión, viento metal, orquesta de cámara y orquesta sinfónica. Nace en Granada en 1964 y comienza los estudios musicales a la edad de seis años bajo la dirección de sus padres. Compagina los estudios de música con los de ballet. En 1981 es nombrada "Concertista Juvenil del año" y se le hace entrega de la Primera Medalla de Juventudes Musicales de Granada. En 1984 obtiene el Primer Premio de Organo en el Concurso Nacional de Jóvenes Intérpretes de Juventudes Musicales de España. (...)
Franz Rieger, born on 13 December 1812, built his first organ with 20 stops on 2 manuals and pedal for the Burgberg Church, close to Jägerndorf. He made his apprenticeship with Master Josef Seybert and returned to his home town in 1844 a qualified Master Organ builder. Franz Rieger became known for solid, high-quality organ building. His sons Otto Rieger (1847 - 1903) and Gustav Rieger (1848 - 1905) had, after their first years of apprenticeship at home, further education in Vienna with Franz Ullmann and in Bamberg with Balthasar Schlimbach and with other organ builders. 1873 Otto and Gustav Rieger founded the firm "Franz Rieger & Söhne" and started a new opus count. Opus I was exhibited at the World Exhibition in Vienna and even won a gold medal. A period of fast expansion followed: 1874 brought the first commission in the Imperial Capital of Vienna, in 1875 in Hungary, in 1876 followed the first commission in a non-Habsburg country, Norway. In 1878 the Rieger brothers exhibited two salon organs at the World Exhibition in Paris. Then followed commissions from Gibraltar, Istanbul, Jerusalem and Rome.
The website of the Gottfried Silbermann Society Gottfried Silbermann - a name which attracts organ and music lovers alike. Who was this man? How and where can his organs still be listened to today? We give an answer to these and many other questions on our website.
Unsere traditionsreiche Firma Staller ist seit vielen Jahrzehnten ein anerkanntes Unternehmen für hochwertigen Orgelbau mit Sitz in Grafing bei München. Weit über 100 Staller-Orgeln stehen im gesamten deutschen Sprachraum, vor allem in Süddeutschland.
The International Organ Festival plays a significant part in the cultural life of the United Kingdom and in particular the city of St Albans. Founded in 1963 by internationally acclaimed organist, scholar and teacher, Peter Hurford, OBE it is the longest established festival of its kind in the world.
The Organ is a quarterly magazine including articles on new and historic instruments worldwide, organists, composers, festivals and competitions, along with reviews of concerts, recordings, books and new music, all in full colour.
In 1961, one week before the Berlin Wall was erected, the Jann family decided to flee to Western Germany. It was not easy for them to leave their home, but the urge to be free was overpowering. Having passed through refugee camps and temporary shelters the Jann family lived in Switzerland, then West Berlin, Austria, Dillingen/Donau before Georg Jann, the company founder, took over a small organ building firm in Regensburg in 1974. This is where the first Jann organ was built in 1975. Shortly thereafter the firm took orders for three-manual organs, and in 1980 it was commissioned to build an organ with 52 stops for the St. Joseph Church in Memmingen. A bigger factory was now needed, so the firm moved its production to Allkofen-Laberweinting in Lower Bavaria, where other big organs were later built. These include the organ for the Oporto Cathedral, built in 1985, three organs for the Basilica in Waldsassen with 103 stops and two consoles, built in 1989, the 74 stop concert organ for the concert hall "Sinfonie an der Regnitz", home of the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, built in 1993, and the main organ and choir organ with together 131 stops, built for the Munich Cathedral in 1994. So in only 20 years the small organ building shop grew into a world renowned organ building firm that has built more than 240 organ so far.
After a classical education he studied organ, harpsichord and musicology in Amsterdam and was awarded the Prix d'Excellence for both instruments. Almost from the beginning of his musical studies he was fascinated with authentic instruments and a performance style based on sound scholarship.
(...) First-prize winner at the Odense International Organ Competition, Denmark, in 2004, William has established a reputation for engaging and inspiring playing. His disc, 'Dances of Life and Death', music by Duruflé and Alain, was awarded a Diapason Découverte in Diapason magazine and 5-star reviews elsewhere. He is now sought after as a recitalist, teacher, examiner and jury member.