Herman Jordaan

Organist

About

Concert Organist & Instructor

BORN
Pretoria, South Africa

LIVES
London, United Kingdom

Prizes

  • St Albans International Organ Festival (UK):
    First Prize & Audience Prize

  • Schnitger International Organ Competition (The Netherlands): First Prize

  • International Organ Competition Nijmegen (The Netherlands): First Prize

  • Unisa National Organ Competition
    (South Africa): First Prize

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Music (Performing Art)
    University of Pretoria, South Africa

  • FRCO (Fellow of the Royal College of Organists) – recipient of the Turpin/Durrant Prize, Harding/Durrant Prize, Samuel Baker Prize, and Arnold Richardson Prize

  • Uitvoerend Musicus
    Conservatory of Amsterdam

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. He continued his studies at the Conservatory of Amsterdam with Jacques van Oortmerssen. As the recipient of the Stephanus Zondag scholarship from the University of South Africa, he also studied at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague with Jos van der Kooy. He is a prize-winning Fellow of the Royal College of Organists. He obtained the degree Doctor of Music (Performing Art) at the University of Pretoria in 2021.

International concert tours have taken him around the world – South Africa, Europe, the United States, and Russia. He recorded at St Albans Cathedral for the Priory Records ‘Great European Organs’ series. He currently lives in London.

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