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Curriculum Vitæ Henco de Berg


The blind musician Henco de Berg was born in 1967 in the Frisian town of Drachten (the Netherlands). He studied organ and piano with Ernest Gervais, the blind organist of the R.C. St Agathakerk at Lisse, and organ with Jet Dubbeldam, Arie Keijzer and Maurice Pirenne at the Rotterdam conservatory, where he took his performing and teaching diplomas and qualified in improvisation. De Berg studied music theory with Henk de Croon at the Fontys Conservatory in Tilburg; he passed summa cum laude for the main subject of practical harmony at the piano. He followed advanced improvisation studies with Arie Keijzer and Jan Welmers. He attended two series of masterclasses in improvisation for organ and piano, directed by Loïc Mallié, at the International Summer Academy in Haarlem, and specialised in Bach interpretation with Piet Kee. Henco de Berg is organist of the Église Wallonne in Breda, where he plays an organ by König (1763). He is Professor of Organ and Improvisation at the Fontys Conservatory in Tilburg, and an active recitalist.

For the Prestare label De Berg recorded five CDs with improvisations in many forms, including the symphony, sonata, trio sonata, symphonic fantasia and double fugue, several series of variations and a programmatic depiction of the Stations of the Cross. The recordings were made on the Müller organ in the Bavokerk in Haarlem, the Bätz organ in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in The Hague, the Cavaillé-Coll organ in the Madeleine in Paris, the Stahlhuth-Jann organ in the church of St Martin in Dudelange (Luxemburg) and the Marcussen organ in the Laurenskerk in Rotterdam.

De Berg also made two CDs at St Martin's Dudelange with works by Max Reger (Second Sonata in D minor opus 60), Louis Vierne, Marcel Dupré and Olivier Messiaen (including l’Ascension de Notre-Seigneur) and a album on the Gottfried Silbermann organ in the Stadtkirche in Oederan with works by Johann Pachelbel, Johann Sebastian Bach and Johann Gottfried Walther.


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