Wolfgang Rübsam

February 15, 2013

Wolfgang Rübsam studied under Helmut Walcha and Marie-Claire Alain, and in the United States with Robert T. Anderson. Upon winning the 1973 Grand Prix de Chartres in Interpretation, he became professor of Church Music and Organ at Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois. During this 23-year tenure, he also served as university organist of the University of Chicago at Rockefeller Memorial Chapel. 

Wolfgang Rübsam is internationally known through more than 130 highly acclaimed recordings of organ repertoire from the baroque and romantic periods, as well as his Naxos Bach recordings on the modern piano; they include two recordings of the complete Bach organ works, the complete organ works of Buxtehude, Mendelssohn, Rheinberger, Franck, Vierne, and Alain, and works by Liszt, Pachelbel, and Reger. He gives frequent recitals and masterclasses in the United States and Europe and has served on the juries of the most prestigious international competitions.


Wolfgang Rübsam has lived in the United States since his retirement from teaching in 2011 and is a regular composer for Schott Music International.


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