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Anton Holzapfel

Place of birth: 
Schärding am Inn, Austria

Anton Holzapfel was born in Schärding (Austria) in 1966, where he received his first piano and organ lessons before studying at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. He graduated with a diploma in 1993, having studied Catholic church music and organ with Alfred Mitterhofer, and then went to study the harpsichord with Matteo Messori in Bologna. As a continuo player, orchestra musician and soloist playing the organ, harpsichord, harmonium and fortepiano, he played with the Vienna Philharmonic, Concentus musicus, Mozarteum Orchestra and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, working with conductors like Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Riccardo Muti, Ivor Bolton, Philipp Jordan, Christian Thielemann, Daniel Harding and Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Additionally, he focuses on historical instruments, be it as a soloist performing South German and Austrian composers or as the organ player of Ensemble dolce risonanza. Anton Holzapfel’s discography includes “Concerti italiani” (on the Motette label), the Complete Organ Concertos in the 150 CD Haydn edition of Brilliant Classics (together with Ensemble dolce risonanza and Florian Wieninger) and “Orlando di Lasso – Musica reservata – Secret Music for Albrecht V”, where he can be heard playing the spinet.