Cantor Matthias Grünert
Matthias Grünert, born 1953 in Nuremberg, was appointed cantor of the Dresden Frauenkirche in 2004 and took over this position on 1 January 2005. Since then he has been responsible for the music of the church, notably the devotions, services and the Sacred Music on Sundays programme. He created a full choir with 100 singers, the Chamber Choir of the Frauenkirche, and the Frauenkirche Ensemble, which is made up of musicians from the Sächsische Staatskapelle and the Dresdner Philharmonie.
Matthias Grünert’s activities are not confined to the Frauenkirche and he appears in a variety of musical events as an organist, cembalist and conductor. His artistic range as a musician also encompasses concerts at home and abroad. His many overseas tours include visits to Italy, France, Belgium, Iceland, the Czech Republic, Poland, Switzerland and Japan. His musical activity is also documented in the form of numerous CDs and television and radio recordings. Since the winter term of 2008/2009 he has an assignment to teach the organ at the Dresden College of Church Music.
Before coming to Dresden, Matthias Grünert was responsible for the music at the church of St. Petri in the health resort of Bosau, where he organised the popular regional series of concerts known as the Bosau Summer Concerts. From 2000 – 2004 he occupied the position of cantor for the town and district of Greiz and in 2003 performed the complete organ works of Johann Sebastian Bach.
Matthias Grünert has won prizes in several organ competitions including the International Competition for Church Musicians 2000.
Matthias Grünert studied church music, vocal studies and the organ at the College of Church Music in Bayreuth and at the Lübeck College of Music. Master classes with Tagliavini, Laukvik, Radulescu and others rounded off his studies. He was simultaneously an assistant in the Lübeck Cathedral.
Organist Samuel Kummer
Samuel Kummer was born in Stuttgart in 1968. He took up his position at the Frauenkirche in Dresden in 2005 and can be heard on a regular basis at devotions and church services. He was the initiator of the four organ series “Dresdner Organ Cycle“, “Bach Cycle”, “Literary Organ Nights” and the “Noctural Organ Music by Candlelight“.
Samuel Kummer has been giving concerts at home and abroad since 1988, travelling to Switzerland, Denmark, Norway, Central America, the USA and Russia and has also performed in cathedrals and minsters in Cologne, Berlin, Munich, Münster and Königslutter. He has taken part in well-known festivals like the Lucerne Festival in Switzerland and the Styriarte Festival in Austria. As a soloist he has performed together with the Russian State Philharmonic, the Staatskapelle Dresden and the Chemnitz Philharmonic.
Samuel Kummer has won prizes at international organ competitions such as the Concours L’ Europe et L’ Orgue in Maastricht and the international organ competition in Odense. His CDs featuring organ music by Bach, Duruflé and Vierne Symphony No. 3 and No. 5 (Diapason d’Or 9/2008) have earned him the unanimous praise of national and international critics.
Samuel Kummer studied church music at the State University for Music and the Performing Arts in Stuttgart. He built up a broad repertoire after attending the organ classes of Lohmann, Jacob and Bossert and acquired key impulses at the master classes given by Alain, Latry, Fagius and Ghielmi. He was awarded a distinction in organ improvisation during his A-examination.
Since 2007 Samuel Kummer has been a lecturer in organ improvisation and sight-reading at the Dresden College for Church Music.