Gunther Rost

Gunther Rost, born 1974 in Würzburg, Germany, studied organ with Günther Kaunzinger and Marie- Claire Alain and conducting with Jörg Straube and Hermann Dechant. He has been awarded numerous international music prizes, such as the Leipzig Bach Prize, the Dallas International Organ Competition or the Bavarian state award for the advancement of the arts.
Early experiences as assistant to Herbert Blomstedt influenced his conducting skills, as well as important impulses from Karl-Friedrich Beringer.

Since the age of 24, he has been a university teacher.
In 2002 he was appointed professor for organ at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz, Austria, where he is currently head of church music and organ studies, as well as head of the organ research centre, focusing amongst other things on the development of electronic and hybrid mobile concert organs. In addition, Mr. Rost has acted as jury member in international music competitions and has taught master classes, e.g. at the Royal Academy of Music London, the Chopin Academy Warsaw, the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory St. Petersburg or the Tchaikovsky Conservatory Moscow.

He is a sought-after guest to festivals and venues such as the Rheingau Music Festival, the Leipzig Bach Festival and Gewandhaus, the Konzerthaus in Berlin and in Vienna, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Hall and Mariinsky Theatre. From 2012-2014, he was Organist in Residence with the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra.

Solo, chamber music and orchestra recordings for labels like OehmsClassics or Deutsche Grammophon document his versatile artistic work. German, Austrian, Russian and American radio stations have broadcast live recordings of his concerts.

Gunther Rost has worked with artists such as Tine Thing Helseth, Christoph Prégardien or Elīna Garanča. His choir and orchestra collaborations have led him to the Windsbach Boys Choir, the Choir of St. Thomas Church Leipzig, the Bavarian State Radio Choir Munich, the Munich Bach Soloists, the Nuremberg State Philharmonic Orchestra, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the German Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, the FOK Prague, the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra or the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.

Since 2016, he has increasingly committed himself to conducting again.
In 2018, Rost founded the 4D – Orchestra, making significant compositions accessible for the organ.

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Gunther Rost

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