Study

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.

  • student assistant for organ
  • school music with 1st state examination
  • minor subject harpsichord
  • church music A
  • teaching position for organ improvisation
  • artistic maturity examination
  • diploma organ
  • concert examination

At music conservatories in Stuttgart, Detmold and Paris.
Graduations with very good, in improvisation with distinction.

Influencing teachers

Prizes

at international organ and church music competitions

  • Kortrijk 2018 – Belgium, several Prices
  • Brixen 2010 – Italy
  • Linz 2004 – Austria
  • Laubach 2001 – Germany
  • Fürth 2000 – Germany

Scholarships

for the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse in Paris

Church musician in Germany

  • 1988-2002 Schwäbisch Gmünd, Stuttgart, Detmold
  • 2003-06 Düsseldorf Mörsenbroich-Rath
  • 2006-10 Köln Müngersdorf-Junkersdorf-Braunsfeld
  • since 2011 freelance engagement in many catholic and evangelical churches in Germany as organist and choirmaster

Lectureships

at University of Cologne since 2012 for

  • Choral singing
  • Practical piano playing in schools

Dedications and european premieres

organ works solo by

Freelancer since 2011 as

  • Organist
  • Docent
  • Pianist
  • Composer

International concerts in the cathedrals and basilicas of

Altenberg, Berlin, Brandenburg, Bremen, Blackburn, Brixen, Brüssel, Coventry, Cremona, Dresden, Edinburgh, Folkestone, Fulda, Hamburg, Hildesheim, Köln, Linz, London, Lüneburg, Meldorf, Notre Dame de Paris, Madeleine de Paris, Potsdam, Riga, Rottenburg, Schleswig, Schwerin, Schwyz, Soest, Trier, Ulm and many more.

Teaching

courses in improvisation for the Lutheran Church in Schlüchtern for many years and

at the Archbishop’s Music School of the Cologne Cathedral Choir since 2010 for

  • Organ
  • Improvisation
  • Piano and harpsichord
  • Music theory and aural training

until 2010

  • as a student member of the Württemberg Chamber Choir Stuttgart with Dieter Kurz, numerous concerts, travel and CD productions, radio recordings, e.g. Figures humaines by F. Poulenc, choral works by H. Lachenmann etc.
  • active concert activity as organist and harpsichordist
  • Member of the German Bach Vocalists with Gerhard Weinberger
  • Organ parts at radio live broadcasts, european premieres, CD productions, among others Missa op.61 by Th. D. Schlee at the World Youth Day 2007 in Düsseldorf, Germany
  • Direction of the ecumenical concert series Music on fridays

Since 2009 collaborative projects with

the heckelphonist Albrecht Bode, the bass Franz-Josef Selig, the Mezzo-soprano  Adriana Bastidas-Gamboa, the bariton Thomas Laske, the saxophonists Wardy Hamburg and Detlef Bensmann, the jazz drummer Fabian Arends, Domsingschule Köln, Europäischer Kammerchor, Kölner Kurrende, Vokalensemble Kölner Dom, oratorio choir Cologne and Wuppertal, cathedral choirs Cologne, Trier and Altenberg, Neue Philharmonie Frankfurt, Hochschulorchester Detmold, Trommelgruppe WADOKYO, Bochumer Symphonikern, Wuppertaler Symphonikern and many more.

 

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