A native of Bolzano, South Tyrol, organist and harpsi- chordist Peter Kofler (*1979) received his first musical training at the Claudio Monteverdi Academy of Music in his hometown. He then attended the University of Music and Performing Arts in Munich, where he studied organ and church music with Harald Feller as well as harpsichord with Christine Schornsheim.
Peter Kofler has performed with distinguished conductors such as Mariss Jansons, Franz Welser-Möst, Bernard Haitink, Riccardo Muti, Daniel Harding, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Giovanni Antonini, and Thomas Hengelbrock. Through frequent and intense collaborations both as an organist and a harpsichordist he has formed close ties with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. He is also a founding member and regular harpsichordist of the “L’ Accademia Giocosa” Baroque Orchestra.
Peter Kofler is a regular guest at grand international music festivals. Among his chamber music partners are Dorothee Oberlinger, Ramón Ortega Quero, Lisa Batiashvili, Francois Leleux, and Gabor Tarkövi. As an organ soloist he has played recitals at numerous concert series, e. g. at Berlin Cathedral, St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna, St. Michael’s in Hamburg, and Dresden Cathedral.
Since August 2008 Peter Kofler has been the organist of the Jesuit Church of St. Michael’s in Munich. The Bücher-Dieckmeyer Foundation granted him its Award for Services to Church Music in Bavaria. Besides, Peter Kofler is also the founder and artistic director of the international organ festival “Münchner Orgelherbst” at St. Michael’s.
Since October 2010 he has been teaching organ and choral conducting at Munich’s University of Music and Performing Arts. Between 2003 and 2014 Peter Kofler served as assistant to Hansjörg Albrecht, Musical Director of the Munich Bach Choir, and as the choir’s official répétiteur.
During the concert season 2010/2011 he joined oboist Ramón Ortega Quero and cellist Luise Buchberger for a tour of Europe within the international concert series „Rising Stars“. Their tour, organized by the European Concert Hall Organisation (ECHO), included performances at (amongst others) Palais des Beaux Arts Brussels, Philharmonie Luxembourg, The Royal Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Philharmonie Köln, Konzerthaus Vienna, and Laeiszhalle Hamburg. Various CD and radio recordings complete his artistic profile (ZDF, BR, RAI, Deutsche Grammophon, Sony Classical, Querstand, Raumklang, Tudor, OehmsClassics, Solo Musica). His latest recording of organ works („Transkriptionen“) has received high criticial praise and been nominated for the Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik.
2017 will see him giving organ recitals at various renowned locations, among them Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, the Dresden Frauenkirche, Lausanne Cathedral and the Culture and Convention Center in Lucerne.
Translation Dr. Cornelia Rémi