Dr. Axel Flierl was born in 1976 in Nürnberg (Bavaria) and grew up in the Allgäu. He studied organ, organ improvisation and Catholic church music in Munich and Paris as well as musicology in Karlsruhe. Formative teachers were Prof. Edgar Krapp, Wolfgang Hörlin, Prof. Thierry Escaich and Vincent Warnier.

Promotion for Dr. phil. at the University of Music Karlsruhe with Prof. Dr. Thomas Seedorf with a dissertation on the organ work of Karl Höller (1907-1987), a hitherto largely unexplored area of German music history.

In 2006, Axel Flierl was appointed principal organist and conductor at the Basilica of St. Peter in Dillingen on the Danube, the concathedral and second cathedral of the bishopric of Augsburg. There he founded the international annual organ festival "Dillinger Basilikakonzerte" in 2007, where he has been artistic director ever since. In the following years he plays complete performances of the organ works of Franz Liszt, Karl Höller and Maurice Duruflé.

Concerts as an organ soloist and as a lecturer in masterclasses regularly take him to the leading organ centers in Australia, Hong Kong, Russia, Abkhazia, USA, South America, Iceland, South Africa, Israel, Palestine, the Holy Land and almost all European countries. He has performed at renowned organ festivals in Melbourne, Montevideo, Philharmonia of Hong Kong, St. Petersburg and Khanty-Mansiysk (Siberia), Reykjavik, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Nazareth, Rome, Lucerne, Cape Town, Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, the Cathedrals of Moscow, Seville, Oslo, Bergen, Trondheim, Edinburgh, Lausanne, Bordeaux, Dijon, Narbonne, Antwerp, Helsinki, Turku and Warsaw.

He has also appeared as a book author, with radio, television and several CD recordings with works by de Grigny, Bach, Reger, Liszt, Wagner, Höller and Duruflé artistically.

Next concerts

17. November 2018, 7 p.m.
Dillingen | Studienkirche
Works by Gabriel Fauré (Cantique de Jean Racine, Motetten, Requiem op. 48)
25. December 2018, 10 a.m.
Dillingen | Studienkirche
Karl Kempter, Pastoralmesse G-Dur op. 24 for Soli, Choir und Orchestra

Annette Sailer, soprano
Ursula-Maria Echl, alto
Manuel Ried, tenor
Manuel Kundinger, bass-soloist

Choir und Orchestra of Basilika St. Peter, Dillingen
Axel Flierl (conductor)
26. April 2019
Vila Real (Portugal) | Catedral
Mascioni-Organ (2015/IV/34)