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South African born Liesbeth Schlumberger-Kurpershoek commenced her organ studies while still at school by travelling fortnightly from Vryheid, Northern Natal, to Parktown, Johannesburg, for lessons with the late Prof Stephanus Zondagh. This doyen of South African organ pedagogues taught for many years at the Department of Music at the University of Pretoria from where Liesbeth subsequently graduated.

In 1985 she won both the prestigious SABC Music Prize and the UNISA OVERSEAS Study Bursary which enabled her to continue her organ studies in France under the tutelage of Marie-Claire Alain at the Conservatoire National de Ruiel-Malmaison. Schlumberger-Kurpershoek studied the harpsichord under the guidance of Huguette Dreyfuss.

Schlumberger-Kurpershoek furthered her organ studies under Jean Boyer at the Conservatoire National de Région in Lille and improvisation with Jean Langlais. In 1989 she won first prize in the International Organ Competition held in Bordeaux. In 1994, Liesbeth was appointed as Organist of the Eglise Réformée de l'Etoile inParis, a two minute walk from the Arc de Triomphe. The Reformed Church of Etoile has an excellent Mutin-Cavaillé-Coll organ which is perfectly suited to the repertoire of French organ music of the 19th and 20th century. As organist she is also responsible for a concert series entitled "Sunday Music" at which some of the finest musicians in Europe perform.

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Liesbeth Schlumberger was appointed in 1996 as assistant to Jean Boyer at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Lyon (France). This legendary pedagogue passed away in 2004 at the young age of 56. Since 2005 Liesbeth Schlumberger and Francois Espinasse have carried forward his legacy in Lyon. In addition, she is an active recitalist and frequently conducts masterclasses.

In 2010, she was an adjudicator at the Chartres International Organ Competition, one of the most prestigious of its kind in the organ world.


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