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Curriculum Vitæ Gemma Coebergh


Gemma Coebergh (born 1945), is the organist of Saint Joseph’s church in her native town of Haarlem (the Netherlands), where she succeeded Albert de Klerk after his death. Having attendend four years of organ lessons with Nico Waasdorp, she moved on to study at the Amsterdam Conservatorium majoring in organ under the guidance of Albert de Klerk. She graduated in 1969 as a solist musician with a distinction in improvisation. She then participated in several masterclasses by Luigi F. Tagliavini (old Italian and Spanish music), Marie-Claire Alain (Franck and Alain), Siegfried Reda (Reger and 20th century German music), Anton Heiller (Bach) and Cor Kee (improvisation).
Gemma Coebergh regularly gives concerts and in 2000 received the silver medal from the ‘Arts, science et lettres’ institute in Paris in in recognition of her contribution to French music. As the president of the Andriessen-De Klerk Foundation she is devoted to promoting the music of her two leading predecessors Hendrik Andriessen and Albert de Klerk in Saint Joseph’s church in Haarlem.

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