Matthias Havinga is a concert organist and pianist. He acquired his Master of Music degree summa cum laude at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam as a student with Jacques van Oortmerssen, graduating in piano from the same institution as a student with Marcel Baudet. At the Royal Conservatory in The Hague he studied church music under Jos van der Kooy.
Matthias was awarded several prizes at international organ competitions, including first prize at the Kotka International Organ Competition of 2009. He performed solo recitals at prestigious venues across Europe, Russia and the USA and has broadcast extensively on radio. His CDs, ‘J.S.Bach – Italian Concertos’, ‘Passacaglia’ and ‘Dutch Delight’, released on the Brilliant Classics label, have been received with widespread acclaim.
Matthias is principal subject teacher of organ at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, and teacher of music theory at the ‘Excellence’department of the Amsterdam Municipal Music School. He is active as a soloist and as a continuo player with various choirs and orchestras, such as the Nederlands Kamerkoor (Dutch Chamber Choir), Collegium Vocale Gent and the Netherlands Radio Choir. With recorder player Hester Groenleer he established a duo which generates challenging programmes for this combination of instruments.
Matthias is organist titulaire of the 1830 Bätz-organ at the Koepelkerk in Amsterdam, and organist of the Oude Kerk congregation in Amsterdam, playing the Vater/Müller-organ (1726/1738) and Ahrend-organ (1965).