Felix Hell will perform the dedication concert at St. Paul UMC in Goldsboro, NC. The organ is a new custom 4 manual Rodgers with 10 ranks of new Ruffatti pipes and antiphonal.
St. Paul UMC
204 East Chestnut Street
Goldsboro NC 27530-4813
Time and Date: 4 PM on May 13th, 2012
Reception to follow concert.
Contact: Al Murrell at 443.812.5999 or
for further information.
The 24 year old German organ virtuoso Felix Hell is a phenomenon in several ways. Hailed as “most well known young concert organist worldwide” (Dr. John Weaver), and “undoubtedly one of the major talents of the century” (Dr. Frederick Swann, AGO president), he “sets standards that many established and honored older players would struggle to equal” (Michael Barone in “The American Organist”).
A liturgical and performing organist since the age of eight, he has given more than 650 recitals to date: in his native Germany, as well as in Australia, Canada, France, Iceland, Italy, Jamaica, Korea, Latvia, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, Malaysia, Spain, Russia, and the USA, where he performed more than 450 recitals in 44 states. Orchestra concerts have included appearances with the Charleston (SC) Symphony Orchestra, the National Academy Orchestra of Canada under Boris Brott, the New England Conservatory Philharmony, the Kalamazoo (MI) Symphony, the McGill Chamber Orchestra, Montreal, the Gettysburg Chamber Orchestra, and the Deutsche Streicherphilharmonie. His debut performance in the famous Boston Symphony Hall took place on November 2004.
Milestones of his career were the performance of the entire organ work of Johann Sebastian Bach in three times the USA and Germany in 2006 and 2007 as well as the performance of the entire organ works of Felix Mendelssohn in the USA and in Germany
In addition to his full concert, workshop and master class schedule on both sides of the Atlantic, Felix Hell holds the positions of Organ Artist Associate of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Manhattan, New York City, Distinguished Organist in Residence to the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Gettysburg, PA. Also, he is on faculty of the Sunderman Conservatory of Music in Gettysburg, holding the position as Assistant Professor .
Felix Hell was born on September 14, 1985, in Frankenthal/Pfalz, Germany. He took his
first piano lesson at the age of seven, and began organ study after his eighth birthday. On Easter 1994, still eight years old, he performed in his first service as an liturgical organist. Also in 1994, he participated in the German competition for young musicians “Jugend musiziert”, and was awarded with two First Prizes in organ playing, following by First Prizes in 1996 (piano solo), 1997 (organ solo) and 1999 (piano solo).
After two years of private lessons, Felix Hell pursued his organ studies at the Hochschule für Kirchenmusik in Heidelberg. In September 1999 he enrolled at The Juilliard School, New York, where he was awarded a merit-based full tuition scholarship. In September 2001 Felix Hell was admitted at The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where he studied with Dr. John Weaver and Alan Morrison. He received his Bachelor of Music degree in May 2004 at the age of 18. Felix Hell pursued his graduate studies, under the guidance of Donald Sutherland, at the Peabody Institute in Baltimore, where he received the prestigious Artist Diploma in May 2007, and the Master of Music degree in May 2008.
Additional coaching he received in courses and/or private lessons with Professors Martin Lücker, Pieter van Dijk, Oleg Yantchenko, Wolfgang Rübsam, Leo Krämer, Franz Lehrndorfer, Martin Jean, Marie-Claire Alain, Joan Lippincott and Dame Gillian Weir.
Since September 2008, Felix Hell is continuing his studies within the Doctoral Program of the Peabody Institute.
Felix Hell’s discography includes eight CDs, critically acclaimed by the public as well as by experts. His music has been broadcast numerous times, including a ninety-minute featured solo program, by PIPEDREAMS of Minnesota Public Radio (host: Michael Barone), as well as by radio stations of Germany, The Netherlands, Australia, New Zealand, and by the BBC in Great Britain.