Biography Gerben Budding

Gerben Budding (1987) is the principal organist of the Sint Jan Church of Gouda with his historic Moreau-organ from 1736 and organist of the city Gouda in the Netherlands. He also is one of the assistant-organists at Domkerk Utrecht and is cantor of the choir of the Theological University Apeldoorn.

From September 2009 to June 2018 he was the principal organist of the Bätz-Witte organ (1853) in Gorinchem.

Gerben is in demand as a recitalist both as a soloist and as part of the Ensemble Rood Hout (organ and harpsichord). As a conductor he leads three oratorio choirs, vocal ensemble ‘Piacevole’, the choir of St. Jan Gouda, orchestra ‘Intermezzo’ and symphony orchestra Sjosjanim.

Gerben studied organ, improvisation, churchmusic and choralconducting at the Utrecht Conservatory with Reitze Smits, Mark Lippe, Arnoud Heerings and Rob Vermeulen. His second subjects were piano (with Henk Ekkel and Leon Bak) and harpsichord (with Siebe Henstra).

In 2009 and 2011 he graduated summa cum laude for his Bachelor and Master degree organ (with improvisation), churchmusic and choralconducting.

He got interpretation lessons organ and improvisation from Louis Robillard, Martin Haselböck, Thierry Escaich and Prof. Rudolf Lutz and studied Orchestra conducting at the Kurt Thomas Course.

In 2013 he won first prize at the international organ competition ‘Agati-Tronci’ in  Pistoia (Italy) and second prize at the international Schnitger competition in Alkmaar (The Netherlands).

Gerben is active as a music teacher and composer of liturgical music.