Concerts » Elke Voelker, Germany
The audience has credited her with Standing Ovations and Bravos at her debut at the prestigious Schleswig-Holstein-Musikfestival. German newspaper “Die Zeit” testifies: “Elke Voelker plays with such an extemporizing directness and burning, highly virtuos energy that you feel imposed to go down on your knees before her (the organ).” Her Karg-Elert recordings are described as “Highly recommended” by the English magazin “The Organ”…
Ms. Voelker has been a prizewinner in several international organ competitions. Since then her international success has established her excellent reputation as one of the demanded organists of our generation, which led to an extensive worldwide concert and teaching career. She is the initiator of many crossover projects as well as the artistic director of various music festivals.
As recording artist she has published 11 CDs and is featured exclusively by the German Organ Music Label AEOLUS. Her specialization in the organ works of Sigfrid Karg-Elert has resulted in the world premiere recording of his complete organ works. In this ongoing project, eight CDs are available for sale. The project earns high praise from critics and public alike.
Ms. Voelker has worked over 15 years as Cathedral Music Associate at the UNESCO Heritage St. Marys Imperial Cathedral of Speyer, 2009 she was nomminated interims Music Director.
She has received a broad musical education in Germany, France, and in the US. She studied organ, piano, harpsichord, conducting and church music. Besides this, she has received a doctor degree in Musicology and Roman/German Studies at the University of Heidelberg. Journalistic activity has been added to various international musicological publications. For more details see: www.elkevoelker.de.