Recital by Australian organist, Martin Rein

Thursday, 25 April 2013

Martin Rein began his career with extensive studies in Choral Conducting and Sacred Music at the Berlin School of Music with Prof. Martin Behrmann.  He completed his B.Mus. in 1996.

He then undertook further postgraduate studies at the Music Academy in Detmold and graduated in December 2000 with First Class Honours in Organ Performance, and in June 2001 with an M.Mus. degree, majoring in Choral and Orchestral Conducting.  In his graduation recital in December 2000, he performed amongst other works, the Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue Op. 57 (Inferno) by Max Reger - one of the most challenging compositions within the organ repertoire. 

In Europe he studied organ and piano performance with Prof. Gerhard Weinberger (Munich-Wurzburg) and Dr Ewald Kooimann (Amsterdam) as well as organ improvisation with Prof. Renate Zimmermann (Berlin-Frankfurt-Heidelberg).  He also studied with Dame Gillian Weir in England.  Since then he held several positions at e.g. the Stiftskirche St John's (Germany), at St. Mary's Monastery (Lehnin, Germany) the Alte Kirche (Essen, Germany), conducted the Australian Chamber Singers, was Director of Music at St. John the Evangelist Notting Hill, resident College Organist and Educator at Bearwood College and the Royal Merchant Navy School (Berkshire), and in 2010 Martin accepted the post of Head of Performing Arts and Master of the Choristers at The King's School Sydney (Australia).

As an organist, Martin has performed in Australia, the USA and many European countries in venues such as Westminster Abbey and Westminster Cathedral, both Cathedrals of Berlin (Germany), the Great Hall at Sydney University (Australia), King's College Boston, St Mark's Baltimore, Gloria Dei (Philadelphia) and Carthage College (USA). His recital at Sydney University was broadcasted by 2MBS-FM 'Colours of the King' in July 2005.  Recently he has given concerts in St Martin-in-the-Fields in London, the Cathedral of St John-the-Evangelist in Hong Kong, St. Andrew's Cathedral (Sydney) and the Cathedrals of Auckland and Dunedin (New Zealand).  His special interest in historic organs - many of which he has performed on - is compiled in his book on Baroque organ builders in Germany.


  • J.S. Bach - Prelude and Fugue in G, BWV550
  • J.S. Bach - Chorales from the Third Part of the Clavierubung (1739)
  • M. Duruflé - Scherzo, Op. 2
  • M. Reger - Introduction, Passacaglia and Fugue in E minor, Op. 127
  • M. Rein - Improvisation


R130 (adults), R90 (pensioners), R50 (students and learners)
Tickets available at Computicket.


Ninette Pretorius (tel. 051 401 2504)

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