Lionel Rogg

Lionel-Rogg-Home-PageAfter studying at the Geneva Conservatory, Lionel Rogg devoted himself to the study of Bach's complete organ works which he presented at the age of twenty-five in a series of ten recitals at the Victoria Hall in Geneva. The success of these performances led to the recording of this impressive oeuvre.

Since then, Lionel Rogg has been acclaimed world-wide as one of the leading performers of his generation. He has performed his repertoire of all the major works of the organ literature throughout Eastern and Western Europe, the Americas, Australia, Korea and Japan. His many distinguished recordings include three versions of Bach's organ works, the Art of Fugue (Prix de l'Académie Charles Cros 1970), the complete organ works of Buxtehude (Deutscher Schallplattenpreis 1980), Couperin, Clérambault, de Grigny and Brahms, and recordings of Liszt and Reger. Recent recordings such as "El organo historico espanol" (Prix de l'Académie du Disque Français), his transcription of the "Eight Symphony of Bruckner", and recordings of his own work have been warmly acclaimed.

Recently retired as Professor of Organ at the Geneva Conservatory, Lionel Rogg was a visiting Professor for several years at the Scuola Civica in Milan, at the Mozarteum of Salzburg. He has given regular courses in improvisation at the Royal Academy of Music in London (from 2004 to 2009), and gives several master-classes in Summer. Still very active as a performer, he now devotes a good deal of time towards composition. He has written numerous works for organ, piano, for choir and orchestra and for chamber ensembles and has recently been commissioned by the City of Geneva to write a concerto for organ and orchestra to mark the inauguration of the new organ (built by Van den Heuvel) for the Victoria Hall in Geneva. He has been Organist-in-charge of this fine instrument from 1993 until 2010.

In 1989 Lionel Rogg received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Geneva and an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of Organists in London. Recently The Leenaards Foundation (based in Lausanne) gave him its annual Prize attributed to a Swiss musician for the success of his international career.


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