Despite his young age, the German virtuoso Sebastian Heindl already enjoys a reputation as a charismatic organist with a particular appeal to young audiences, and from May 2023 he will take up the position of organist at the famous Emperor Wilhelm Memorial Church in Berlin. Sebastian surprises not only with the admirable virtuosity and expressive maturity of his interpretations of classical works, but also with his well-rounded musical personality. The programme he will present moves with impressive ease between two worlds and showcases all aspects of his exuberant talent. In addition to his imaginative transcriptions for organ of iconic works by Saint-Saëns and Clara Schumann, contemporary repertoire is central to his selections, with an interesting new composition by Moritz Egert, especially for the Rising Stars tour. Finally, audiences will also have the opportunity to enjoy him in his compositional capacity in an unusual toccata and fugue with rock and blues references.
Every year the European Concert Hall Organisation (ECHO) selects young artists of outstanding merit to perform in ECHO member halls. Since 1995, the European Concert Hall Organisation, through its Rising Stars programme, has helped to promote the emergence of now well-known artists on the world music scene. in addition to highlighting rising stars, the aim of the programme is to promote respect for diversity, inclusion and the strengthening of social ties. In this context, the Rising Stars’ recitals are accompanied by educational activities, workshops, visits to social structures, etc.
This year, in cooperation with El Sistema Greece, Sean Shibe visits a Controlled Temporary Accommodation Facility for Asylum Seekers in Attica (09.03) and Sebastian Heindl welcomes the children at the church organ of Megaron the Athens Concert Hall (10.03). Furthermore, Mathis Stier gives a bassoon masterclass (10.03) and the Sonoro Quartet organises a mentoring workshop with the strings of El Sistema Greece’s intercultural symphonic Youth Orchestra (10.03).
Johann Sebastian Bach: Toccata in F major BWV 540
Robert Schumann: Studies in Canon Form, Op. 56 (Selection)
Moritz Eggert: New work for organ (commissioned by ECHO)
Clara Schumann: 4 Character Pieces, Op. 5 (Selection) – transcription for organ by Sebastian Heindl
Sofia Gubaidulina: Hell & Dunkel
Camille Saint-Saëns (Franz Liszt/Vladimir Horowitz): Danse Macabre, Op. 40
Transcription for organ: Sebastian Heindl
Sebastian Heindl: Rock-tocata and blues-fugue in C minor (2022)