Friedhelm Flamme studied Music Education, Sacred Music, Organ, Conducting, Musicology, Composing and Theology at Detmold Academy of Music and Paderborn University. He achieved the highest German academic degree in Sacred Music („A-Examen“), won an accolade for outstanding performance with his artist diploma concert and was awarded a PhD for his thesis on pianist and composer Friedrich Gulda.
He has worked as a Director of Sacred Music and teacher of music at Paul Gerhard High School in Dassel/Germany since 1991 and teaches organ and continuo at Detmold Academy of Music. An oratorio conductor on a regular basis, he has repeatedly staged highly acclaimed cycles of Bach’s great oratorios. He is also a successful composer and arranger.
Flamme has prolifically recorded organ music (eg. Complete Organ Works of Wilhelm Friedemann Bach, Carl Nielsen and Maurice Duruflé). In 2018, he completed the critically acclaimed collected recordings of North German baroque organ concerts on historical instruments, Organ Works Of The North German Baroque Vol. I – XV, with German recording company cpo.
In 2004, his recording of the complete organ works of Maurice Duruflé was awarded the Internet Classical Award. His recording of the Complete Organ Works of Dietrich Buxtehude (Vol. 1) was nominated for a renowned German music critics’ prize, the Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik in 2020. His recent recording of the complete works of French composer Auguste Fauchard has been highly acclaimed by music critics.
In 2018, his alma mater, Detmold Academy of Music, appointed him as honorary professor, thus honoring his merits as an artist and academic teacher.
As an organ virtuoso, Flamme is a welcome guest at cathedrals and historic organs all over the world. He is also the Artistic Director of the international organ festival Vox Organi, the biggest organ festival in Germany and the only one that took place live and in front of a real audience for three consecutive months in 2020 and 2021.
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