Heinrich Walther was born in 1959. He studied piano and sacred music from 1978 until 1985 at the Staatliche Hochschule fur Musik in Freiburg, Germany. His organ instructor was Zsigmond Szathmary and his piano instructors were Juergen Klodt and Andreas Immer. In 1983 he received his piano teaching degree, graduating "Kuenstlerische Reifepruefung" in organ. In 1985 he graduated with an A-Exam in church music.

Having received a scholarship from the German government (DAAD), Mr. Walther studied organ with Xavier Darasse at the Toulouse Conservatory in 1983 and 1984, resulting in the First Prize in organ. In 1985 and 1986 he studied with Robert Anderson and Larry Palmer in Dallas, Texas. He received awards in both the 1986 San Antonio Organ Competition and the 1987 Nurnberg International Pachelbel Competition.

From 1986 to 1992 Mr. Walther was the Organist and Choir Director at the St. Ulrich Church near Freiburg. Since 1989 he has been on the faculty of the Staatliche Hochschule fur Musik in Freiburg. From 1990 to 1993 he was an organ teacher at the Nurnberg Conservatory. Since 1994 he has been an organ teacher at the Hochschule fur Kirchenmusik in Rottenburg. From 1998 to 2000 he also taught organ at the Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Hochschule fur Musik in Leipzig. Since 2002 he has been on the faculty of the Evangelische Hochschule fur Kirchenmusik in Heidelberg.

Heinrich Walther has been performing regularly in Germany and many other countries. Besides traditional organ works, he has played J.S. Bach's "Art of the Fugue" and chamber music. He has given several first performances of contemporary organ compositions, as well as his own transcriptions of orchestra works by Mozart, Schubert (Unfinished Symphony), Mendelssohn: The Ouverture "The Fingals Cave" (The Hebrides) and the Reformation Symphony (Opus 107), and Franck: Symphony in D-Minor and Psyche, Symphonic Poem.

In addition he has made recordings for broadcasts in France (Franck, Reger, Reubke, Bach), Germany, Japan (NHK), Spain (Poulenc and Handel concertos with the National Orchestra), "Ex-Yugoslavia", and Kharkov for Ukraine television. He has been invited to participate in organ festivals and concert series in Germany, France, Switzerland, Spain, Iceland, Canada, Japan, Korea, Russia, the USA, and the Ukraine. His invitations to hold masterclasses have been from Island, Korea, the Ukraine, and the United States. In 1997 he founded the Summer School for Organ, Clavichord, and Harpsichord in Neuf Brisach, France. Since 2002 he has taught clavichord courses every summer in Chapaize, near Cluny in Burgundy, France.

heinrich.walther@wanadoo.fr and www.heinrich-walther.de