Dr. Axel Flierl was born in Nuremberg in 1976 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.

In 2006 he became the main organist and conductor to the papal basilica St. Peter to Dillingen on the Danube (Bavaria), the concathedral and second cathedral of the bishopric of Augsburg. There he initiated the international organ festival Dillinger Basilikakonzerte around the great Sandtner organ. In worship and concert he conducted the great orchestral masses and oratorios of J. S. Bach, C.P.E. Bach, Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Mendelssohn (Elias), Gounod, Fauré and Jenkins. In addition, he performed all organ works by Karl Höller (1907-1987), Franz Liszt and Maurice Duruflé.

His decades of engagement with the work and person of Karl Höller he completed with a dissertation on the organ works Höllers in Karlsruhe with Prof. Dr. med. Thomas Seedorf, a hitherto unexplored chapter in German music history. Axel Flierl is considered a leading researcher to Karl Höller and interpreter in particular of his organ works.

Concerts as an organ soloist and as a lecturer at master classes regularly take him to the leading organ centers in Australia, Hong Kong, USA, Russia, Abkhazia, South America, South Africa, Israel, Palestine, Iceland and almost all European countries.

He also appeared artistically with radio and television recordings, several CD recordings and as a book author.

Next concerts

December 1st, 2019, 11.30 a.m.
Ulm | Cathedral | Walcker-Organ (1969/V/100)

Works by Karl Höller (Ricercar op. 64), Maurice Duruflé/J. S. Bach, Jean Langlais and Olivier Latry („Salve Regina”)
December 25, 2019, 10 a.m.
Dillingen | Basilika St. Peter

Karl Kempter, Pastoralmesse G-Dur op. 24
Gabriel Fauré, Tantum ergo op. 55

Annette Sailer (Soprano)
Ursula-Maria Echl (Alto)
Manuel Ried (Tenor)
Manuel Kundinger (Bass)

Choir and Orchestra of St. Peter’s Basilica
Axel Flierl (conductor)
January 26, 2020, 5 p.m.
Rom (I) | IPSAR | Mascioni-Orgel (2008, 2016/V/63)

Works by J. S. Bach (BWV 540, 664), Karl Höller (Ciacona op. 54) and Louis Vierne (3rd Symphony op. 28)