Edoardo Bellotti, Robin Blanton, Ivan Božičević, Jan H Börjesson, Daniel Berg, Kersten Cottyn, Ulrika Davidsson, Isabelle Demers, Johan Hammarström, Bengt Forsberg, Maria Forsström, Louise Hjorth Hansen, Sverker Jullander, Katrine Immerkjær Kristiansen, Johannes Landgren, Anne Laver, Maija Lehtonen, Ludger Lohmann, Jonas Lundblad, Kimberly Marshall, Eva Öhrström, William Porter, Christa Rakich, Annette Richards, Amanda Sedgwick, Johannes Skoog, Anna Steppler, Joel Speerstra, Hermann Stefánsson, Joris Verdin, Lydia Vroegindeweij, Catalina Vicens, Erik Wahlgren


    Concerto Copenhagen, Fredrik From, violin and Lars-Ulrik Mortensen; The European Hansa Ensemble and Manfred Cordes; Gageego!; Trio Mediæval: Linn Andrea Fuglseth, Anna Maria Friman and Jorunn Lovise Husan; Göteborg Baroque and Magnus Kjellson; Göteborgs Symfoniker, Olivier Latry, organ, Santtu-Matias Rouvali, conductor







    Featuring Elfrida Andrée (1841-1929) and pioneering female organists and organ composers

  • It is my distinct pleasure to launch the program of the Göteborg International Organ Festival (GIOF) 2023 with its theme: Echoes. In a rich twelve-day program, we illustrate how history is still present today, and investigate where the line can be drawn between originality and imitation. A complete Genelec loudspeaker orchestra in dialogue with the monumental four-manual meantone organ in Örgryte New Church will explore echoes in acoustical sounds, sound processing, and live electronics, including a performance of “The Bell and the Blackbird.”


    The programme also includes original compositions echoed through organ transcriptions, for example Prokofiev´s “Romeo and Juliet,” or the violin concertos of Johann Sebastian Bach, inspiring string-idiomatic music in concerto style by many 18th-century composers. Medieval vocal music will be interleaved with improvisations on the organetto; music for voices instruments and monumental organs from the first half of the 17th century when our city was founded; and vocal and instrumental music by Italian composer Vesi with Göteborg Baroque and its unique Claviorganum.


    These musical experiences will be juxtaposed with new chamber music for organ, and the dramatic organ concerto “Earth´s Shadows” by Kaija Saariaho (1952–2023) for organ and symphony orchestra. We also offer particular echoes of the past, such as musical homages to William Byrd (1543-1623) on the occasion of the 400th anniversary of his death, and we will celebrate Max Reger’s 150th birthday, as well as the legacy of the trailblazing Göteborg cathedral organist and composer Elfrida André (1841-1929), among other pioneering women composers who will also be celebrated at this year’s festival.


    Enjoy the soundscapes of the North German Baroque Organ in Örgryte New Church, the new world-class Concert Hall Organ, and the broad collection of organs in Göteborg that echo the sound, technology, culture and societal development of 400 years of Göteborg’s history. Let a multitude of voices and soundscapes in organ, vocal, and instrumental music from the Renaissance to experimental music of our own time inspire you.


    We warmly welcome you to Göteborg and the Göteborg International Organ Festival 2023, to a world of passion and tactile sounds – for all!


    For a future of peace, and for the right of all human beings to raise their voices.


    – Hans Davidsson


    The Academy of Music and Drama, University of Gothenburg, Arbetarnas Bildningsförbund (ABF), Europäisches Hanse-Ensemble, Gageego!, Gothenburg 400 Years, Göteborg Baroque, Göteborg Chamber Music Society, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Jonsered Manor, University of Gothenburg, Rieger Orgelbau, Sensus, the Church of Sweden: the Göteborg diocese, the parishes of Gothenburg Cathedral, Haga, Härlanda, Vasa, Västra Frölunda, Örgryte (in Gothenburg), and the parishes in Alingsås, Mariestad, Marstrand, Morlanda, Skövde, Ulricehamn and Valla (in Västra Götaland), and St. Jakob’s Church and Bethlehem’s Church (the Equmenia Church in Gothenburg), Ljudteknikerna Sverige AB, MLd – Magnus Lorentzson design, The Sounding Ocean – Ljudhavet


    Gothenburg City Cultural Council, HIGAB, James Collier Orgelbyggeri AB, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Karl Nelson Orgelbyggeri, The Swedish Arts Council, The Cultural Committee of Region Västra Götaland, the Church of Sweden, the parishes of Örgryte and Gothenburg Cathedral, Kungl. Patriotiska Sällskapet and Wilhelm och Martina Lundgrens stiftelser.
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    Sverker Jullander


    The Göteborg International Organ Academy Association

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    Hans Davidsson

    Artistic Director

    Göteborg International Organ Festival & Academy