Biography

Carl Visser, born in 1981, followed lessons organ with Henk Braad (intonator of organbuilder Bakker en Timmenga). He studied at the Prins Claus Conservatory in Groningen with Theo Jellema as teacher. In 2006 he received his Bachelor-degree. After that, he studied at the Messiaen-academie (part of the ArtEZ-conservatory) in Zwolle. His teacher was Michel Bouvard (Toulouse). With Michel Bouvard he specialized in French Romantic Music. He also followed lessons with Theo Jellema (organ) and Tineke Steenbrink (harpsichord). In June 2008 he received his Master-degree with a performance in the concert-hall in Enschede (Netherlands) of the organ-concert in g-minor of F. Poulenc for organ, string orchestra and timpani. In both studies Carl Visser took masterclasses with prominent organ-teachers like Michel Bouvard (Toulouse), Francois Espinasse (Lyon), Ton Koopman (Naarden-Bussum), Louis Robilliard (Lyon) Reitze Smits (The Netherlands) and Wolfgang Zerer (Hamburg).

Carl Visser plays the repertoire that starts at the Robertsbridge Codex and runs through to the modern music. In september 2010 he was one of the finalists in the prestigious organcompetition in Amsterdam, the "3rd International Organ Competition Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck". In May 2011 he participated in the “Krümmhörner Orgelfrühling”, a festival in Northwest Friesland (Oostfriesland), with a recital on the oldest playable organ in Rysum (1457).

Carl Visser is also active as a organ-teacher and continuo-player in several ensembles were Barokmusic plays a important role. As organist, Carl Visser is linked on the PKN-churches in Grou (Friesland) and Oldemarkt-Paasloo.

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