Martin Sander was born in 1963 in Berlin. He studied at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hannover with Ulrich Bremsteller, organ, and Gerrit Zitterbart, piano. Master classes with Harald Vogel, Luigi Ferdinando Tagliavini, Flor Peeters, Daniel Roth and other renowned teachers completed his musical education. After having won the Mendelssohn Prize in Berlin (1986), he succeeded in winning three of the most important international organ competitions: the International competition of the ARD in Munich (1987), the International J. S. Bach Competition in Leipzig (1988), and the organ competition of Prague Spring Festival (1989). Other successes were the 2nd Prize at the International Organ Competition “Anton Bruckner” in Linz, Austria (1986) and the 2nd Prize at the First International Organ Competition Musashino-Tokyo (1988).
He has given recitals in many important churches and concert halls (amongst others, cathedrals in Passau, Munich, Vienna, Helsinki, and Trondheim, Berlin Philharmony and Schauspielhaus, Herkules Hall Munich, Meistersinger Hall Nuremberg, Gewandhaus Leipzig, Brucknerhaus Linz, Dvořák Hall Prague, Tchaikovsky Hall Moscow, Kapella and Philharmony St Petersburg, Suntory Hall Tokyo, Izumi Hall Osaka, Aichi Arts Center Nagoya, Teatro Municipal de São Paulo) and performed at renowned festivals (Bach Festival Stuttgart, Internationale Orgelwoche Nürnberg, Göttinger Händelfestspiele, Niedersächsische Musiktage, Musikfestspiele Saar, Prague Spring Festival, Wiener Musiksommer, Bach-Tage Odense, Festival Toulouse-les-Orgues, Philadelphia Bach Festival, and others). Among the orchestras he played with as a soloist are the Berlin Symphony Orchestra, Bach-Collegium Stuttgart, Händel Festival Orchestra Halle/Saale, Radio-Philharmonie Hannover, Bochumer Symphoniker (all in Germany), Basel Sinfonietta (Switzerland), Szolnok Symphony Orchestra (Hungary), Filharmonia Pomorska Bydgoszcz (Poland), Fukuoka Sinfonietta (Japan), Orchestra of the Teatro Municipal de São Paulo (Brazil). Various German and foreign stations recorded many of his concerts and invited him for productions. His compact discs span the range from North German baroque music to the 20th century.
Martin Sander is regularly invited as a member of the jury of international organ competitions, such as the Prague Spring, “M.K. Čiurlionis” Vilnius, the J. S. Bach Competition Wiesbaden, the Buxtehude Competition Lübeck, the Helmut Bornefeld Competition Heidenheim, the competitions in Rome, Kazan, and Heidelberg (Ph. Wolfrum). He conducted numerous master classes in Germany, Russia, all over Europe, Asia, North and South America.
From 1999 to 2012, he worked as a professor of organ at the Hochschule für Kirchenmusik Heidelberg. From 2011 to 2021, he was professor of organ at the Hochschule für Musik Detmold. From October 2021 on, he shall take on a post as professor at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München instead of his charge at Detmold. Additionally, from 2008 on, he is teaching at the Hochschule für Musik Basel.
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