Known for her red organ shoes, organist Amelie Held quickly became an internationally acclaimed artist. She recently debuted at some of Germany’s major cathedrals and concert halls, such as the Konzerthaus Dortmund, the Philharmonie Essen or the international Speyer cathedral recital series. Her solo concert activities include performances in the world’s musically most important metropolis, such as Milan, Paris, Zurich, London, Boston, New York and St. Petersburg (Mariinsky Concert Hall).
Raised in Munich, Germany, in a non-musician family, Amelie released her debut album - 2019 recorded live at Himmerod Abbey - at the young age of 22. She has won several prizes at international organ competitions and has been placed as one of the youngest finalists of the prestigious French Concours International de Chartres (2018).
She has a broad repertoire, both as a soloist and in orchestras and various chamber ensembles, ranging from early music to contemporary compositions as well as her own transcriptions.
Extensive training with the most internationally renowned professors in her field has taken Miss Held throughout Europe and to the United States of America. She studied organ, piano and violin from a young age and became a pupil in the organ class of Heidi Emmert at the Regensburg Academy of Music. She went on to study violin and organ at the University of Music Detmold, Germany and the National Conservatory of Music and Dance in Paris, France (B.A. in both majors). Her teachers there included Martin Sander, Michel Bouvard and Olivier Latry. She recently completed her master's degrees with top marks at the State University of Music and Performing Arts Stuttgart where she studied organ with Ludger Lohmann and both harpsichord and organ in the field of early music with Lorenzo Ghielmi in Milan, Italy. Currently living in New York City, she is pursuing her Artist Diploma studies at The Juilliard School with Paul Jacobs.
Besides her formal instructors, she has attended organ masterclasses with Guy Bovet, Leo van Doeselaar, Bernhard Haas, Martin Jean, Edgar Krapp, Thomas Lacôte, Christophe Mantoux, Pier Damiano Peretti, Michael Radulescu, Louis Robilliard, Daniel Roth, Vincent Warnier, Gerhard Weinberger and Wolfgang Zerer, among others.
In addition to music, Amelie is passionate about literature and speaks four languages.
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