Faculty

Matthias Maierhofer

(On Leave from Fall 2016-Spring 2017)

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Prof. Matthias Maierhofer was born in 1979 in Graz, Austria, and received his initial musical education from the Austrian conductor Karl Schmelzer-Ziringer. From 2000 to 2005 he studied organ performance and improvisation as well as organ and piano pedagogy at the University of Music “Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy” in Leipzig, Germany and was awarded the German rank of “Diplomorganist”. This was followed by an advanced study (2005-2008) of ancient music at the “Schola Cantorum Basiliensis”, Switzerland. From 2005 to 2008 Matthias Maierhofer studied Church music at the University of Music in Freiburg and was awarded the German title of “Diplom Church Musican”. He finished his studies in 2010 with the prestigious German “Soloist Diploma” with the highest distinction at the University of Music, Freiburg. His organ teachers include Kurt Neuhauser, Arvid Gast, Martin Schmeding, Wolfgang Zerer, Lorenzo Ghielmi and Andrea Marcon.

In 2007, Matthias Maierhofer won the first prize (“Johann-Pachelbel-Prize“) in one of the leading international organ competitions, the ION Competition in Nuremberg, Germany. Prior to this, he has won several top prizes and awards at other distinguished international competitions. Such as the International M. K. Ciurlionis Competition in Vilnius, Lithuania in 2003, the International Organ Competition in Nijmegen in the Netherlands in 2006, and in 2007 at the Johann-Sebastian-Bach-Competition in Arnstadt, Germany. In 2008, he won the main-award and the “Gottfried-von-Einem-Prize” at the International Franz-Schmidt-Competition in Kitzbuehel, Austria. In 2001 Matthias Maierhofer was awarded the music-scholarship of the Styrian Governement, Austria.

Evidence of his thriving concert activity is provided by his appearances at important music festivals. Including the International Bruckner-Organ Festival in St Florian’s Priory, Linz, Austria, the Leipzig Mendelssohn Festival, the Leipzig Bach Festival, the European Music Festival Stuttgart, the Ansbach Bach Festival, the ION-Festival in Nuremberg, Germany. Matthias Maierhofer has also given concerts at the Cathedral of Riga, Latvia, the Gewandhaus Leipzig and the Concerthall “Georg Philipp Telemann” in Magdeburg, Germany, the French-Cathedral of Berlin, Germany, the Birmingham Symphony Hall, England, the Izumi Hall Osaka, the Casals Hall Tokio, the Nagoya-Art-Center, Japan and the Kiong-Dong Church Seoul, South Korea.

Matthias Maierhofer has performed as a soloist and also as a continuo player with ensembles including the “Dresdner Kreuzchor”, the Leipzig University Choir, the “Gewandhaus Chor Leipzig”, the “Thomaner Chor Leipzig”, the “Kantorei Graz”, the “Staatskapelle Dresden”, the “Leipzig Symphonic Orchestra”, the “Staatskapelle Halle” and the “Pauliner Baroque Ensemble”. He has also collaborated on CD productions and publications for the Helbling Edition. Several recordings of his concerts are available for the Bavarian, Dutch, Norwegian and Lithuanian Broadcasting Corporations.

From 2005 to 2009 Matthias Maierhofer was the organist and the director of music at the “Albertus Magnus” church in Freiburg, Germany. He has also taught as an assistant organ teacher at the University of Music in Freiburg. From 2009 to 2013 Matthias Maierhofer was a faculty member of the “Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy” University of Music in Leipzig, Germany, there he worked as a full time lecturer of organ performance and organ improvisation.

In September 2013 he was appointed Assistant Professor of Organ and Church Music following Prof. Dr. Gerre Hancock at the University of Texas at Austin, USA.

Joonho Park

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During the 2016-2017 academic year, Joonho Park joins the University of Texas at Austin studio as interim organ adjunct faculty.

Organist Joonho Park was born in 1985, in Seoul, South Korea. He began his first
musical training with piano lessons at the age of 5. At the age of 15, Joonho began
his organ studies and enrolled in the pre-college program of the Korea National University of Arts (KNUA) in the class of Prof. Jakyung Oh, from which he graduated with a Bachelor degree in 2007.

From 2008, Joonho has studied under tutelage of Prof. Jon Laukvik at the University
of Performing Arts and Music Stuttgart (Musikhochschule Stuttgart) and has completed his Master degrees and Artists’ Diploma (Konzertexamen) with remarks of Excellence. Recently he moved to Toulouse, France and is continuing his further study with Prof. Michel Bouvard.

Joonho Park’s numerous awards and honourable mentions from competitions include the first prize and the Bach special prize at the ‘International Organ Competition of Graz’ in Austria (2006), second prize and the Mozart special prize at the ‘International Organ Competition of St. Maurice’ in Switzerland (2007), third prize and the audience prize at the ‘International Organ Competition of Musashino-Tokyo’ in Japan (2008), first prize at the ‘International Organ Competition of Nuremberg’ in Germany (2009), first prize at the ‘Dublin International Organ Competition’ in Ireland (2011), the second prize at the Grand Prix de Chartres in France (2012) and most recently the second prize at the ‘Arp-Schnitger international organ competition in Bremen’ (2014).

Organist Joonho Park has been making remarkable musical activities in his home
country as well as internationally. Some of which include the ‘Noon-hour Concerts’ at the Seoul Presbyterian Church where he served as the organist for several years. In addition to that, he has also appeared in recitals as a solo organist and with KNUA Symphony Orchestra in Seoul.

To mention a few his important international performing experiences, solo recitals at ‘Bachwoche Ansbach’; Lorenzkirche in Nuremberg; Marktkirche in Halle/Saale; Konstantin-Basilika in Trier in Germany; at the Westminster Cathedral; Saint John’s Smith Square; John Hill memorial concert series in St. Lawrence Jewry in London; Saint Albans International Organ Festival; King’s College in Cambridge; Magdalen College in Oxford in United Kingdom; at the summer organ concert series of Galway Cathedral; Christ Church Cathedral in Waterford; Saint Michael’s Church in Dún Laoghaire; “Kilkenny Art Festival” in Ireland; Collégiale Saint-Martin in Montmorency; Saint-Vaast in Béthune in France; at the Lilia Hall, Musashino civic cultural hall in Tokyo, Shoi University in Kobe in Japan and in different concert venues as a promising organist.