Monuments #14: Matteo Imbruno and Martin Haselböck

6 July 2024

7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Avant-garde and timeless organ music from Muffat to Křenek.

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Please note: The start time of the concert has been moved forward by half an hour and will now begin at 7:30 PM. 


Matteo Imbruno (1964)
Max Reger (1873 – 1916)
Introduction and Passacaglia in D minor
Jan Welmers (1937 – 2022)
Martin Haselböck (1954)
Georg Muffat (1653 – 1704)
Toccata Septima
Ernst Křenek (1900 – 1991)
Orga-nastro: for Organ and Tape, op. 212
Improvisation on a Theme by Anton Bruckner (1824 – 1896)

About the concert

The celebrated concert organists Matteo Imbruno and Martin Haselböck present a versatile concert programme featuring timeless organ music. The repertoire includes several avant-garde pieces from the world of organ music. Among these is one of the first compositions for (pipe) organ and electronics by the Romanian composer Ernst Křenek from 1971, and a minimalist Litany by Jan Welmers. The programme opens with the dynamic Introduction and Passacaglia in D minor by Max Reger, performed by our titular organist, Matteo Imbruno. Imbruno performed this piece during his first official concert as a student. This is followed by Welmers' Litany, a piece composed in the year Imbruno began his organ studies in Rotterdam. Next, Martin Haselböck performs Georg Muffat's Toccata Septima, music dating from the same period as the Vater Müller organ. This is followed by Ernst Křenek's pioneering composition from 1971, one of the earliest examples of works combining pipe organ and electronic music. Haselböck concludes the concert with an improvisation on a theme by Anton Bruckner.

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About Matteo Imbruno
Matteo Imbruno (1964) is a celebrated concert organist. He studied organ in Bologna (with Liuwe Tamminga), Rotterdam (with Bernard Winsemius), and Lübeck (with Martin Haselböck). Since 1997, he has been the titular organist of the Oude Kerk in Amsterdam, a position once held by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck in the 17th century. As a concert organist, he has performed at the most prestigious festivals and music centres in the world. He has been a guest lecturer at the Buenos Aires Conservatory, University of Rosario, University of Mendoza (Argentina), Arizona State University, and Brown University (USA). Imbruno is the artistic director of the Fondazione Accademia di Musica Italiana per Organo in Pistoia.

About Martin Haselböck

Martin Haselböck (1954) is an organist and conductor. He is regarded as one of the leading figures of the historically informed performance practice. He frequently performs as an organist and has recorded more than fifty solo CDs. Renowned composers, including Alfred Schnittke, Ernst Krenek, and Friedrich Cerha, have written new organ works for him. In 1985, Martin Haselböck founded his own orchestra, the Wiener Akademie. As a guest conductor, he has led the Wiener Symphoniker and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, among others. As an opera conductor, he has worked in theatres in cities such as Hamburg, Hanover, and Cologne. From 2007 to 2010, Martin Haselböck was the artistic director of the Reinsberg Festival in Austria. Since the 2005/06 season, he has been the music director of the Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra in Los Angeles.