Through her numerous concert tours, radio recordings and musicological research, Helga Schauerte has become one of the most outstanding musicians of her generation. She has recorded over forty CDs featuring the complete organ works of Jehan Alain, Dieterich Buxtehude and Johann Sebastian Bach as well as her Composer Portraits series focussing on the music of Johann Heinrich Buttstett, Michel Corrette, Max Reger, Léon Boëllmann, Théodore Dubois and Jean Langlais.
Organ holder of the German Lutheran Church and Organ teacher at the Conservatoire Nadia et Lili Boulanger in Paris Schauerte gives recitals and lectures to great acclaim in Europe, Russia, Canada and the USA, and sits on the juries of international organ competitions such as, in 2021, the prestigous International Canadian Organ competition CIOC. Focusing on the French and German traditions of organ music, she establiehed, in 2006 in Pontaumur (France) the Bach Organ Academy as well as in 2021 the Bach Académie en Seine Eure.
Helga Schauerte wrote the first ever book in German language about the music of Jehan Alain (Bosse-Verlag, Regensburg, 1983). For her personal collection she tracked down and acquired almost forty of the composer’s original manuscripts which are frequently shown in exhibitions (Bibliothèque nationale de France in 1990, Musée de la Cavalerie, Saumur, 2021) . In 2022 her book Jehan Alain, Mourir à trente ans, published in 2020 by Delatour France, was released in English (translated by Carolyn Shuster Fournier and Connie Glessner).
Writer and editor of music, Schauerte has been invited to contribute to the recent issue of the encyclopaedia Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart (Music in History and in the Present), as well as to Handbuch Orgelmusik (Bärenreiter, Kassel, 2002) and to La Musique religieuse en France au XIXème siècle (Brepols, Turnhout, 2021). Bärenreiter-Verlag has charged her to publish scholarly editions of the complete organ works of Jehan Alain, Léon Boëllmann, Théodore Dubois and Louis Vierne as well as of vocal music of Marc-Antoine Charpentier and Gabriel Fauré. Helga Schauerte has composed several French and German Christmas carol-settings for organ and other instruments (Merseburger-Verlag, Kassel, 1997).
Schauerte made her first public appearance at the age of ten. At the age of thirteen she became an organist in Lennestadt (Germany). She studied music, pedagogy and philosophy in Cologne under Viktor Lukas, subsequently continuing her studies in Paris under Marie-Claire Alain. Jean Langlais entrusted her with the first performances of several of his works, among which Miniature II is dedicated to her. In 1987 Helga Schauerte received the cultural prize of the town of Olpe (Germany). Her biography is included in the International Who’s Who in Music (1990) and in 2000 Outstanding Musicians of the 20th Century (both Melrose Press).
The Federal Republic of Germany awarded her the Order of Merit and the French Cultural Minister the distinction of Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.
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