Masterclasses ORGAN

Lesson of Prof. Essl The organ masterclasses will be held by Prof. Jürgen Essl (Musikhochschule Stuttgart), Prof. Jeremy Joseph  (Musikhochschule Wien) and 
  Prof. Marie Zahrádková-Esslová (Konservatorium Budweis)

 Students will be able to get instruction from all organ professors. Classes will be conducted either on the Gabler Organ in Ochsenhausen,
 the Holzhey Organ in Rot or the Sandter Organ nearby in Gutenzell. 

 Lessons will be held in German, English, Czech, French or Italian.

Suggested repertoire: Froberger, Muffat, Pachelbel, Kerll, Bach, C.P.E. Bach, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Brahms, Liszt and other works adapted to the instruments.

The three professors offer guidance in Organ Improvisation ranging from Barock to Modern. Previous knowledge or experience with improvisation is not required.

Students are able to practise and perform on excellent historical and modern instruments, including the famous Gabler organ Ochsenhausen and the Holzhey organ in Rot, Kiene/ Sandtner organ in Gutenzell or Goll organ in Memmingen (dispositions listed below).


  Disposition Holzhay organ Rot a.d. Rot

  Disposition Gabler organ Ochsenhausen

  Disposition Goll organ Memmingen

  Disposition Sandtner organ Gutenzell




Students have the opportunity to participate in the Joseph Gabler competition at the end of ISAM.

Suggested repertoire in 2024: 30-min recital free program, including one composition by Georg Muffat, Johann Kaspar Kerll or one of Johann Pachelbel’s Aria with Variations from „Hexachordum Apollinis“.

The 12th Joseph-Gabler Organ Competition is scheduled on Wednesday, August 7, 2024. The top two or three winners are awarded prizes per decision of the international jury. 


Prize money Joseph Gabler Competition 2024

  • 1st winner: 1250.- €
  • 2nd winner: 600.- €
  • 3rd winner: 300.- €





Jürgen Essl studied church music and concert organ with Ludger Lohmann, Francis Chapelet and Michael Radulescu. In 1997 he was appointed professor of organ and improvisation at the Lübeck University of Music, and in 2003 he moved to the Stuttgart University of Music. He performs regularly at international festivals and has given numerous master classes in interpretation and improvisation. In addition, he is a juror of competitions for organ and composition. His oeuvre has already been awarded several prizes.
Jürgen Essl, organist and composer                                                                



   Heremy Joseph was appointed Professor of the at the Vienna University of Music and organist of the Vienna Hofburgkapelle. In 1999 he won the International Gottfried Silbermann Organ Competition and is an internationally sought-after organ soloist and harpsichordist. Concert invitations have already taken him to the International Organ Weeks in Nuremberg, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, and others. He gives concerts at the Gewandhaus Leipzig, the Vienna Musikverein, the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall and many others. As a continuo player he is a member of the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, the Balthasar Neumann Ensemble and the Orchestra of the Vienna Academy.

 Jeremy Joseph, organist 


Marie Esslova studied organ and piano in Prague and Budweis, in postgraduate courses in Prague and Stuttgart she perfected her skills as a harpsichordist and organist.
She attracted attention in 2012 when she achieved first prize in the International Joseph Gabler Organ Competition. Further awards in Prague and Stuttgart followed. In concerts she can be heard together with renowned orchestras in Germany and the Czech Republic, and as a soloist she additionally performs in Austria, France, Italy, Spain and Holland. Numerous CD recordings attest to her skills. Today Marie Esslová teaches at the Conservatory in Budweis.
Marie Zahradková-Esslová, organist  



2012 Marie Zahrádková
2013 Aaron Ribas
2014 Thomas Kudernatsch
2015 Mar Vaqué
2016 Grace Oh
2017 Yeri Ahn
2018 Sören Gieseler
2019 Simon Fallert
2021 Hanna Schulte
2022 Tobias Takacs
2023 Juraj Kremen



2017 Yeri Ahn
2019 Simon Fallert
2021 Jack Day
2023 Carolyne Van Machelen




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