About

Marcel Verheggen was born in Maastricht in 1961 and studied organ and music theory at the Maastricht Music Conservatory, where his tutors included Willem Kersters (theory), Jean Wolfs (organ) and Jan Raas (organ). After gaining his  performing diploma with distinction, he followed courses in the Netherlands and abroad with tutors including Luigi-Ferdinando Tagliavini, Daniel Roth and Montserrat Torrent. Furthermore, he continued his organ studies with Guy Bovet in Switzerland

Marcel Verheggen currently holds the post of organist of the St. Servaas Basilica in Maastricht. In addition to his duties as a church musician, he gives many concerts in the Netherlands and abroad (for example during November 2010 in Russia, see photos on this website) and has recorded work on CD and made radio broadcasts for various networks. He performs regularly in the Organ Park in Amsterdam. His repertoire includes works ranging from early Renaissance music to contemporary works. He has performed premières such as the work ‘Cathédrales’ by Jean Lambrechts in September 2012.

At international organ festivals he has received prizes both for interpretation and improvisation. He teaches organ at the Music Conservatory in Maastricht and gives master courses in the Netherlands and abroad. Furthermore he is a certified advisor for the Board for Church Bells and Organs (Organ Council of the Catholic Church in the Netherlands) in which capacity he is involved with construction and reconstruction projects. He is member of the College of Organ Advisors in the Netherlands (CvON), and of the examining committee of the National Board for the Training of Organ Advisors in the Netherlands (LOTO). He is editor for the National Institute for the Art of Organ Playing (NIvO) and is artistic leader of the Maastricht series for organ music ‘Pro Organo’.

Besides his activities as a solo performer he also accompanies choirs and solo singers. The promotion of organ culture for young people is an important priority for him. He gives concerts for children and regular demonstrations of organ music for secondary school pupils. Below you can find a video and several pictures of such a demonstration.

Organist

Marcel Verheggen has an active performance practice. Below, you can find a selection from recordings of performances and concerts.

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Orgelpark 2017

On the 12th of February 2017, Marcel Verheggen performed together with the chamber choir Studium Chorale, conducted by Hans Leenders. The theme of the concert were pieces by the composer Antonín Dvořák. Next to Dvořák’s Mass in D, Marcel Verheggen also performed the complete 9th symphony, arrnanged for organ by Zsigmond Szathmáry. No recordings are …

Musica Sacra – Casken

On the 16th of September 2016, Marcel Verheggen performed during the opening concert of the Dutch arts festival Musica Sacra. He played the work Sacrificium by John Casken. You can listen to a recording below.

Philips Symphony Orchestra – Andriessen

On the 18th of June 2016, Marcel Verheggen performed together with the Philips Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Jules van Hessen. Among the works performed was the Concert for organ and orchestra by Hendrik Andriessen. A recording can be found below.

Basilica St. Servaas

The main organ in the St. Servaas Basilica

The present organ in the St. Servaas Basilica has had an eventful history. Its origins date back to the early 1650s in the nearby church of the Dominicans (Dominicanenkerk). At that time, this church had a 19-stop three-manual organ in the Southern Dutch and Flemish style. In 1734, the organ was altered by Jean-Baptiste Le Picard. This Liège-born organ builder gave the instrument a more Wallonian character. This large instrument had 14 stops on the Grand Orgue, 8 stops on the Positif and 6 on the Echo. In accordance with southern tradition, the Echo was a half (treble) manual.

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Teacher

Marcel Verheggen is senior tutor for organ at the Maastricht Academy of Music. Because the city of Maastricht possesses several historic organs, it is possible for the student to become acquainted with many different styles and types of organ. By the knowledge and experience provided in this way the student is given a sturdy foundation on which to build and further form his or her career in an optimal manner. Cultivating an understanding of the instrument and its music, providing and learning to use the many materials that are concerned with performance, the development of techniques associated with the formation of one’s musical personality, and thereby forming a deep relationship with the music and the instrument; all these aspects are the pillars on which the education of the organist in the broadest sense are based. Marcel Verheggen’s pedagogical qualities have been proven by the regular master classes that he provides in the Netherlands and in other countries.

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Get in touch

Marcel Verheggen

Heerlerbaan 29
6418 CA Heerlen
The Netherlands

Tel: +31 45 541 02 76
Mail: info@marcelverheggen.nl