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  • Visiting Professor of Organ
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Education

  • Hochschule für Musik und Theater (Hannover, Germany)

Biography

Born in Bremen, Arvid Gast studied organ performance and church music at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hannover, Germany. From 1990 to 1993, he held the position of organist and choirmaster at St. Nikolai church in Flensburg. 

Appointed professor of organ performance at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater "Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy" and university organist in Leipzig in 1993, he remained until 2004 when he accepted the position of director of the Church Music Institute at the Musikhochschule in Lübeck.

He is titular organist of the historic organs (Stellwagen-Organ from 1637, Large Organ from 1466/1672/1984) in St. Jakobi zu Lübeck and held the same position at the Concerthall “Kloster Unser Lieben Frauen” in Magdeburg from 2008 to 2014.

In 2007, he founded the International Dieterich-Buxtehude-Organ-Competition.

During his studies, Gast won numerous international organ competitions and is a frequent juror for many distinguished international competitions, including Leipzig, Graz, Alkmaar, Tokyo, Boston, and Moskau. His numerous recordings, concert invitations, and interpretation courses at home and abroad attest to his abilities as an eminent recitalist and pedagogue, as well as a foremost interpreter of German Romantic music.