Albrecht Koch

Albrecht Koch

As an organist and conductor, Albrecht Koch is one of the most innovative personalities in Saxon church music. As a musician as well as the artistic director of the Silbermann Days, he always inspires with gripping interpretations, impressive programs and great artistic creativity.

Born in Dresden in 1976, Koch gained important musical experience as a child in the Dresden Kreuzchor. His formative teachers included Arvid Gast, Martin Schmeding and Morten Schuldt-Jensen. He received important impulses in courses from personalities such as Roy Goodman, Ewald Koiman, Lars-Ulrik Mortensen and Hans Fagius.

Albrecht Koch has been cathedral cantor and cathedral organist in Freiberg / Saxony since 2008, where he is entrusted with the Silbermann organ from 1714, one of the most important organs of the baroque era. At Freiberg Cathedral, he directs the cathedral choir and the cathedral contestants, with whom he not only arranges performances of the great oratorios and passions of Johann Sebastian Bach, but also has received widespread recognition through the development and re-performance of forgotten works of Saxon musical history. With his ensemble Freiberger Dom-Music and chordae freybergenses, he also traces the original sound of the Renaissance, which has been preserved to this day with the angel instruments from 1594 in the grave of the Wettins in Freiberg Cathedral.

In addition to his work in Freiberg, Albrecht Koch is an internationally recognized artist. He has made guest appearances at the Leipzig Bach Festival, the Dresden Music Festival, the Holland Organ Festival, the Toulouse les Orgues Festival and the Madeira Organ Festival. Concert tours have taken him all over Germany to numerous European countries and Australia. Radio, CD and film productions, among others nominated for the German Record Critics' Prize, draw a picture of his work. He is regularly engaged as a juror at important European organ competitions and teaches at the University of Music and Theater in Leipzig.

Albrecht Koch has been President of the Gottfried Silbermann Society since 2010 and is also the artistic director of the renowned Silbermann Days and the International Gottfried Silbermann Organ Competition. He is an appointed member of the Saxon Cultural Senate. He represents the city of Freiberg as Artistic Director in the European Cities of Historical Organs (ECHO) association.