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Sebastian Heindl: Melding Organ, Film, and Pure Magic

Sebastian Heindl

Experience the magic as the phenomenal Sebastian Heindl makes the organ sing! Dive deep into a mesmerizing mix of silent film and spellbinding improvisation, all in a night you won’t forget.


The Unforgettable Sebastian Heindl

Die Zeit got it right in 2021 – Sebastian Heindl doesn’t merely play the organ; he weaves stories, taking his audience on a roller-coaster of emotions. Hailing from Leipzig, this wunderkind is on a mission, and Europe’s concert halls are all ears.

Making a groundbreaking appearance for the European Concert Hall Organisation’s Rising Stars, Heindl’s talents promise to leave you spellbound. What’s the big deal? This is the first time they’re spotlighting an organ. Plus, this musical journey is relocating, just for him, to the National Concert Hall. As if that wasn’t enough, we’re going back in time, diving into a 1920s silent film, with Heindl’s organ as the guide.

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From Choir Boy to Chart Topper

Heindl’s journey began in the renowned St. Thomas Boys Choir. By 17, he’d launched an album, wowing critics. His charm, combined with unmatched skill, has won hearts from Europe to North America. He blends jazz with classical, redefining organ music. Starting with a fresh piece by German composer Moritz Eggert, attendees are in for something special.

A Silent Film Reborn

Imagine this: 63 minutes with the iconic 1922 silent film, “Nosferatu – A Symphony of Horror” by legend Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau. But with a twist: Heindl’s organ painting the atmosphere. This haunting Dracula tale becomes even more enthralling with authentic organ tunes reminiscent of early 20th-century American cinemas. Kicking things off, musicologist Gergely Fazekas enlightens us on this age-old tradition and, obviously, delves into the film’s legacy.

Behind the Curtain

Salute to the patrons of this series: Konzerthaus Dortmund, Kölner Philharmonie, and Festspielhaus Baden-Baden. Presented by Müpa Budapest.

Show Highlights:

  • Moritz Eggert’s brand-new piece, an ECHO commission.
  • A chillingly beautiful experience of “Nosferatu” alongside Heindl’s organ.
  • Post-concert chat with Gergely Fazekas, László Fassang, Janka Barkóczi, and host, Endre Tóth.
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