Iris Rieg


Curriculum Vitae

Iris is born in Schwäbisch Gmünd.
She studied to become a
schoolteacher of music, church music and organ with harpsichord as additional subject in Stuttgart and Detmold. She also studied organ in Paris. She received outstanding grades in her final exams, particularly in improvisation.

She was recipient of
awards from the DAAD and the Socrates Programme, which enabled her to further studies with Olivier Latry and Michel Bouvard at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse in Paris.

She has won
prizes in international organ competitions in Linz (Bruckner´s organ), Brixen (organ by Daniel Herz), Fürth and Laubach. She has made numerous recordings for CD and Radio.

She is a teacher for the Archbishopric of Cologne, has given many
courses in improvisation for the Lutheran Church in Schlüchtern, and was active in chamber music with the heckelphonist Albrecht Bode, and many singers like bass-baritone Norbert Hermanns, bass Franz-Josef Selig, baritone Thomas Laske and alto Adriana Batistas-Gamboa.

She has taken part in collaborative projects with the Orchester der Neuen Philharmonie Frankfurt, the Europäischer Kammerchor, Oratorienchor Köln and many more.

She also
composes her own music. Several composers created organ works for her. From 2006-10 she was employed as an organist and conductor at various churches in Cologne, and since 2011 she has been self-employed.

She has given
concerts in Germany and abroad as in Cologne Cathedral, Notre Dame de Paris, Cathedrals in Berlin, Fulda, Hildesheim, Osnabrück, Brüssel, Brixen, Riga, Linz, Folkestone...

She teaches organ, improvisation and piano at the
Archbishop´s School of Music for the Cologne Cathedral Choir.
She has also teaching positions at the
University of Cologne.


Organsummer concert with Iris Rieg
Imaginatively testing the full palette of tonal colours to the limits... She masters the path through the music brilliantly. She gives us contemplative moments of peace. Then she marches on, at first briskly, then with seriousness. Her faultless execution is rich in contrast...Imaginative abilities of registration of the organist
(Peter Buske, Potsdamer Neueste Nachrichten, 7.8.2015, S.20)

New CD-review: Again with highest accolades in all categories
Imaginative composer... Gripping, overwhelming listening experience... Brilliance and a wealth of overtones are puristically apportioned on this technically inspired recording. The acoustic image is relieved of all artificial intrusiveness, allowing us to find the depths of the music more lastingly and effectively. The whole physical entity becomes available to us, from the deepest sounds to the brightest heights, from smothering immediacy to far off mystical tones, all of which Iris Rieg liberates from the console... Iris Rieg knows how to keep the static sounds of the organ moving as fluidly as possible, driving them forward with accents and dynamic momentum... Iris Rieg's playing is always plausible, deeply felt and overflowing with courageous tonal imagination, without ever becoming merely superficial or showy.
(CD Today...Organ Works, Klassik Heute recommendation, 20.03.15)

CD-review: Highest accolades in all categories
An album brilliant in conception and execution.. The art of making music, natural, melodious and breathing, succeeds here splendidly...The controlled agility of Iris Rieg's playing is exemplary...
(CD Orgeltanz, Christoph Schlüren, nmz-online, 24.4.14)

More reviews in german, please see "Presse".