Gerben Gritter

Organist, musicologist and music theorist Gerben Gritter studied organ, theory of music and church music at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam and musicology at Utrecht University. He completed his studies with honours at both institutes.

As an organist he performs a wide repertoire, with a focus on Baroque music. He has won prizes at various international organ competitions and gives concerts at home and abroad. In 2016 he was appointed organiste titulaire of the Waalse Kerk in Amsterdam, succeeding Jacques van Oortmerssen in this position.  In this capacity he regularly plays the famous Christian Müller organ, built in 1734. Additionally he teaches theoretical subjects such as Baroque counterpoint, harmony, analysis and solfege as well as organ building at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. He regularly gives lectures, and he also gives workshops and masterclasses in the field of performance practice to organ students at various conservatories in Europe.

In addition to his activities as a musician and teacher, Gerben Gritter is a researcher, having a special interest in the building and history of the organ, musical notions in German Baroque music, and period literature on composition, improvisation and performance practice. He has published several articles on different topics.  In 2014 he obtained a PhD at Utrecht University with a thesis on the life and work of the famous Dutch/German organ builder Christian Müller (1690-1763). A commercial edition of this thesis is forthcoming.