Hans Davidsson

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Hans Davidsson (born 1958) is a Swedish organist and pedagogue. He was one of the driving forces behind establishing the organ research center GOArt and the Eastman Rochester Organ Initiative. He is currently professor of organ at the Royal Danish Academy of Music.


Davidsson was born in Gothenburg and studied organ at its university with Hans Fagius and Rune Wåhlberg. He later spent three years at the Sweelinck Conservatory, Amsterdam, studying with Jacques van Oortmerssen. He began teaching organ at the university in 1986 and was appointed professor in 1988. In 1991 he became the first doctor of music performance in Sweden, successfully defending his dissertation on the organ music of Matthias Weckmann.

From 1995 until 2000 he was the director of the Göteborg Organ Art Center, GOArt, leading research in organ building and performance practice. From 2001 to 2012 he worked at the Eastman School of Music serving as professor of organ and project director of the Eastman Rochester Organ Initiative. In 2007 he was appointed professor of organ at University of the Arts Bremen and in 2011 professor of organ at the Royal Danish Academy of Music.

In January 2004 he was awarded H. M. The King's Medal for "significant accomplishments in musicology and music, primarily in the fields of organ research and organ education".[1]

Selected Recordings[edit]


  1. ^ (in Swedish) Medals awarded 28 January 2004 Archived 30 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine, Swedish Royal Court
  2. ^ Dieterich Buxtehude and the Mean-Tone Organ, Loft Recordings
  3. ^ Dieterich Buxtehude: the Bach perspective, Loft Recordings
  4. ^ Buxtehude and the Schnitger Organ, Loft Recordings

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