HERMAN JORDAAN is an internationally distinguished organist, winner of the first prize at the Interpretation Competition at the prestigious St Albans International Organ Festival in the United Kingdom in 2003. He was also awarded first prizes at the Schnitger International Organ Competition, the International Organ Competition Nijmegen and the Unisa National Organ Competition, and second prize at the Kotka International Organ Competition.

Growing up in Pretoria, South Africa, he started organ lessons with Riaan Steyn. As a student at the University of Pretoria, he studied organ with Wim Viljoen, as well as composition with Stefans Grové. He continued his studies in The Netherlands with Jacques van Oortmerssen at the Conservatory of Amsterdam, where he received the diploma ‘Uitvoerend Musicus’. As the recipient of the Stephanus Zondag scholarship at the UNISA Overseas Scholarships Competition, he also studied at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague with Jos van der Kooy. He obtained the degree Doctor of Music at the University of Pretoria.

International concert tours have taken him around South Africa, Europe, the United States, and Russia. A recording at St Albans Cathedral was released by Priory Records in their ‘Great European Organs’ series. He lives in London.

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