Bert Handrick

composer, organist, conductor

composer, organist, conductor

Bert Handrick was born in Dresden (Germany) in 1968. There he grew up and received his education as a composer and church musician.

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He studied at the Hochschule für Musik Dresden with Christa Holzweissig (piano), Prof. Manfred Weiss, Prof. Jörg Herchet and Prof. Wolfgang Strauss (composition).

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From 1994 to 1995 he studied in Tokyo (Japan) with Prof. Hiroaki Minami at the University of Music and Fine Arts. This year was characteristic of him. Japanese thinking and Zen Buddhist forms of expression resulted in a music that sounds as if it comes from silence, from nothing.

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Back in Dresden, he began studying at the Hochschule für Kirchenmusik Dresden with Marianne v. Einsiedel (organ), Prof. Christfried Brödel and Prof. Matthias Geissler (choir director) and Prof. Matthias Müksch (orchestra conductor).

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He has a master's degree in both composition and church music.

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Already while studying composition, he taught music theory and analysis at the Hochschule für Musik Dresden. He has also taught piano and organ playing.

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After studying church music, he was appointed cantor in Ev.-Luth. Kirchspiel Geithain (Germany) for a short period, before he got a position as cantor in Volda (Søre Sunnmøre, Norway). There he is still.

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He works as an organist, choir and orchestra conductor and as a composer. This includes regular concert activities at home and abroad.

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English:

Bert Handrick was born in Dresden (Germany) in 1968 where he studied piano with Christa Holzweissig and composition with Prof. Manfred Weiss, Prof. Jörg Herchet and Prof. Wolfgang Strauss at the University of Music in his home town.

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In 1994 and 1995 he was a student with Prof. Hiroaki Minami (composition) at the University of Music and Fine Arts. This period was very important to him. Japanese thinking and zen-buddhist expression forms engraved his own music style.

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Back in Dresden he started to study at the High school of Church Music with Marianne v. Einsiedel (organ), Prof. Christfried Brödel, Prof. Matthias Geissler (choir conduction) and Prof. Matthias Müksch (orchestra conduction).

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He fas graduation as Master of Art in composition and church music.

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After his last study he got an employment as a church musician in Geithain (Germany, Saxony), there he was only a short time before he went to Norway to become music director in the church of Volda (Søre Sunnmøre).

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Now he works as an organist and conductor for several choirs and orchestra as well as a composer. It includes concert activity in Norway and abroad.

Bert Handrick