Bernhard Haas

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Bernhard Haas (born 1964) is a German organist, music theorist and academic.


Haas studied organ, piano, harpsichord, sacred music, composition and music theory in Cologne, Freiburg and Vienna. He won several international prizes at organ competitions, such as the Bach-Wettbewerb in Wiesbaden 1983 and the Liszt-Wettbewerb in Budapest in 1988.[1]

From 1989 to 1995 he taught organ and organ-improvisation at the music school in Saarbrücken. In 1994 he became an organ professor at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Stuttgart.[1] In 2012/13 he moved to the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München to succeed Edgar Krapp.[2]

He has been toured in Europe as well as to the US and Japan. His main interest is music of the 17th and 19th century, contemporary music, Johann Sebastian Bach and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. He has also released CDs of adaptations of works by Franz Liszt, Max Reger, Igor Stravinsky, Brian Ferneyhough, Morton Feldman and Iannis Xenakis.[1] As a musicologist, he has written a book on 'new tonality' from Schubert to Webern[3] and a collaboration with Veronica Diederen on the two-part inventions by J. S. Bach.[4]

Selected discography[edit]

  • Liszt und Stravinsky in Bearbeitungen für Orgel (Arrangements of Liszt and Stravinsky for organ)
  • Max Reger: Variationen und Fuge op. 73, Introduktion, Passacaglia und Fuge, op. 127
  • Max Reger: Organ Works Volume 1
    • Ten Pieces, op. 69; Preludes and Fugues op. 85 nos. 1-3.
      • Recorded by Bernhard Haas in 1997 on the Link organ in the Evangelischen Kirche in Giengen an der Brenz, Germany. Naxos 8.553926. 1 CD.
  • Ferneyhough, Feldman, Scelsi, Xenakis: Die Orgelwerke (Ferneyhough, Feldman, Scelsi, Xenakis: The Organ Works)
    • Ferneyhough: Seven Stars; Feldman: Principal Sound; Scelsi: In nomine Lucis; Xenakis: Gmeoorh
      • Recorded in 2007 on the Rieger organ of the Essen Cathedral, Germany. Edition Zeitklang 35033. 1 CD.


  1. ^ a b c "Albert Schweitzer Symposium 1. – 3. Oktober 2011". Gemeinde Königsfeld im Schwarzwald. Retrieved 22 February 2013.
  2. ^ Hochschule für Musik und Theater München (ed.). "Der Organist Bernhard Haas wird neuer Orgelprofessor". Retrieved 22 February 2013.
  3. ^ Die neue Tonalität von Schubert bis Webern: Hören und Analysieren nach Albert Simon. Wilhelmshaven: Noetzel 2004. ISBN 978-3-795-90834-8
  4. ^ Die zweistimmigen Inventionen von Johann Sebastian Bach: neue musikalische Theorien und Perspektiven. Zusammen mit Veronica Diederen. Hildesheim: Olms Verlag 2008. ISBN 978-3-487-13654-7