I am a Finland-based German concert organist and accordionist. Both instruments enrich me as an interpreter in a very personal and creative way. My goals are to enhance the prestige of the concert accordion as a sophisticated, expressive instrument and to establish the organ furthermore as an instrument for contemporary art music. Working on the highest level, being visionary, performing with great virtuosity and expression are my leading principles. Therefore I focus on ergonomics, naturalness, and developing myself as a performer and pedagogue.
Organ & Big Band @ Lahti Organ Festival
The new Concerto Gandai by Markus Fagerudd will be premiered by Susanne Kujala as a soloist and the UMO Helsinki Jazz Orchestra conducted by Jukka Linkola on August 11 at the Church of Cross at the Lahti Organ Festival. As far as I know, Fagerudd’s concerto is the first of its kind composed by a Finnish composer. On the concert program is also a second concerto for organ and big band, Animations by Örjan Fahlström, and big band music by Duke Ellington. This is a great opportunity to hear the rare combination of organ and big band in two concertos for the duration of 30 min. each. You don’t want to miss that!
Release of the Digital Release of the Complete Recording of J. S. Bach’s Wohltemperiertes Klavier I on Dec 21
Here teaser audio of Prelude & Fugue in F-Sharp Major BWV 858.
The tuning of the concert accordion is well-tempered (Bach-Lehman).
BRANDNEU Kassel 2022
The BRANDNEU – International Organ Summer Festival @ St. Martin Kassel provides a large overview of contemporary organ music with over 30 premieres of new organ works composed for the extraordinary Rieger-organ from 2017 with a flexible wind system, quarter-tone manual, and many more great features. The artistic directors Eckhard Manz and Susanne Kujala invited international organists and other instrumentalists to perform during the festival. In the final concert of BRANDNEU on September 10, Susanne Kujala will premiere two symphonies for microtonal organ solo by Jukka Tiensuu and Joachim F. W. Schneider as well a a new organ work by Moritz Eggert.