Arno van Wijk

Organist (EN)

His first organ lessons were at the age of seven. When he was 11 yaers old, he became organist of the Reformed Church in Heesselt. At that time he was the youngest organist of the Netherlands, he even made it to the Guiness Book of Records!

With Piet van der Steen he prepared at a study at the Utrecht Conservatory. Here he studied with Jan Raas, Willem Tanke, Jan Welmers and Bernard Winsemius. In 1996 he had my examination for his teaching degree with a recital in the St. Maartenschurch in Zaltbommel. In 1997 he graduated voor his Solo Diploma, again in Zaltbommel. He also studied at the Dutch Institute for Church music, where he graduated in 1997.

After his studies in Utrecht he attended several masterclasses, for example at the International Summeracademy in Haarlem with Jean Boyer, Ben van Oosten and Olivier Latry. He also occasionally studied with Ton Koopman and Charles de Wolff.

At the National Organcompetition for music students in Leiden (1996) he won the first prize (Romantic period). In 1998 he won the first prize at the N.C.R.V.-Brahms/Schumann-competition in the St. Laurenschurch in Rotterdam. He also made several recordings for the Dutch braodcasting corporation from the St. Laurenschurch in Rotterdam, St. Petridom in Bremen and the O.L.V. Church in Breda.

He is organist on the Marcussen-organ (1970) at the Great or Maria Magdalenachurch in Goes.