about the author: Barbara Kraus
Barbara Kraus, concert organist and author, lives in Hamburg.
She is well known as soloist on historical and modern organs at internationally renowned concerts, festivals and broadcast in Germany, France, Spain, Danmark, Great Britain, Austria and Russia.
Her repertoire concentrates on German baroque music and German Classic, as well as on French music of the Romantic era and early 20th century. The concert programmmes of Barbara Kraus are convincing the audience, not only because of their aesthetically and dramatically well thougth-out concept, but also because of the great variety of sound and the spontaneously inspiring performance.
Until now she recorded three Solo-CDs and is publishing arrangements for organ as well as books about organ history and organ technique. With these subjects she is holding advanced trainig courses and lectures for cantors and organists as well as for organ students in various conservatories. She is member of the jury of the German National Youth Competition "Jugend Musiziert".
Her musical education took place at diverse institutions: She finished her studies of organ/improvisation, which she had started at Bayreuth, at the Hochschule für Musik in Wuerzburg (Degree "A-Diplom"). A scholarship of the DAAD enabled her to intensify her knowledges of French organ music at Conservatoire National d.R. Boulogne-Billancourt/ Paris under thr tuition of André Isoir (Degree Diplôme de Fin d’Études, mention très bien). Besides her development as an organist, she finished her education as a classical pianist (with Margarita Höhenrieder and Erich Appel) at the Hochschule für Musik in Wuerzburg (Degree "kuenstlerisches Diplom").