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Hans Davidsson
Hans Davidsson received his Soloist Diploma from the Conservatory of Göteborg, Sweden, in 1985, his teacher being Hans Fagius. A special interest in early music led to three years´ study with Jacques van Oortmerssen at the Sweelinck Conservatorium in Amsterdam and post-graduate research on North German Baroque organ music focused on Matthias Weckmann for the University of Göteborg. In September 1991 the thesis Matthias Weckmann: the interpretation of his organ music (writing, edition and recording) was defended and he became the first doctor of music performance in Sweden.


1987–2005, he served as professor of organ at the School of Music at Göteborg University, and 1994-2009 as the Artistic Director of the Göteborg International Organ Academy (GIOA), and he is the founder of Göteborg Organ Art Center (GOArt). Since 1989, he was responsible for the establishing of an organ center for research in performance practice, and a program of organ instruments, which was built according to historical principles, for example, the full-grown North-German baroque organ, which was inaugurated in 2000 in Örgryte nya kyrka. From 1995-2000, he was the director of the Göteborg Organ Art Center, GOArt, and he was responsible for the six-year research project Changing Processes in North European Organ Art (1995-2000) funded by the Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Foundation (Riksbankens Jubileumsfond).


2001-2012, he served as professor of organ at the Eastman School of Music and the Project Director of the Eastman-Rochester Organ Initiative in Rochester, NY, USA. Together with David Higgs, William Porter, he was responsible for the restoration of an Italian 18th-century organ for the Memorial Art Gallery (University of Rochester), and the research and building of a new organ for Christ Church in 18th-century central German style, the Craighead-Saunders organ, and for bringing new and historic organs of varying sizes to Rochester. In 2002, and together with the members of the EROI working committee, he established and led the annual organ international festival, the EROI Festival.


In 2007, he was appointed professor of organ at the Hochschule für Künste Bremen in Germany.Together with the colleagues at this institution, he has developed the “open organ class”, a model in which the students meet all organ faculty and regularly participate in colloquia, excursions, student concert, and in the annual Organ week (Hochschulorgelwoche). The organ education has a general profile, NOTASIF, which states the significance of the connection of instrument and repertoire of various tradition and styles. In 2008, together with Harald Vogel and Manfred Cordes, he established the Arp Schnitger Institut für Orgel und Orgelbau at the Hochschule für Künste Bremen, and he serves as its director. Currently two projects are carried out, the documentation of the Richborn organ in Buttforde (2011-13), and the establishment of an Arp Schnitger Organ Database (2011-14) in collaboration with GOArt. In 2010, Musikfest Bremen established the bi-annual Arp Schnitger Organ Competition. Together with Thomas Albert and Harald Vogel, Hans Davidsson co-founded the competition and serves as the chair of the international jury. Since 2007, he has served as the president (1. Vorsitzende) of the International Arp Schnitger Gesellschaft in Golzwarden.


Since 2011, Hans Davidsson is professor of organ at the Royal Academy of Music in Copenhagen. 2012-14, he was responsible for a research program focusing on organ and organ-related keyboard instruments and pedagogy. He is the artistic director of the Copenhagen International Organ Festival 2016.


Davidsson performs and teaches at major festivals and academies throughout the world. He has made many recordings, most recently the complete works of Dieterich Buxtehude on the Loft label.


In 2001, he was awarded the ÅForsk research prize (the Research Foundation of the ÅF Group), one of Sweden’s most distinguished research awards, and in January 2004 he was awarded the King’s medal, the highest national award in Sweden, for “significant accomplishments in musicology and music, primarily in the fields of organ research and organ education”. In 2015, he was awarded the large prize by Frobenius foundation in Denmark for “significant achievements as musicologist, pedagogue and musician”. In 2016, he was elected member of the Royal Academy of Music in Sweden.