Jens Korndörfer

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Jens Korndörfer
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Born1978 (age 45–46)
Zwiesel, Germany
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Alma materMcGill University

Jens Korndörfer (born 1978) is a German organist based in the United States. He is Director of Worship and the Arts and Organist at First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta and teaches organ at Georgia State University.[1]


Born in Zwiesel, Korndörfer studied organ at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique of Paris (class of Michel Bouvard and Olivier Latry, Premier Prix in 2007), the Oberlin Conservatory of Music (James-David Christie, Artist Diploma in 2009), and McGill University (John Grew, Doctor of Music in 2012), and church music at the Hochschule für evangelische Kirchenmusik Bayreuth (B Diplom in 2004, Hartmut Leuschner-Rostoski and Michael Wessel).[2]


In 2008, Korndörfer won Third Prize at the first edition of the Canadian International Organ Competition.[3] In 2011, he won Second Prize and Liszt Prize at the same competition.[4]


In the 2005/06 season, Korndörfer served as Organist in Residence at the Concert Hall Kitara in Sapporo, Japan.[5]

In 2012, he was appointed Organist and - in 2015 - Director of Worship and the Arts and Organist at First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta, where he directed the renovation of the Sanctuary organ by organ builders Klais and Schlueter.[6]

From 2014 to 2019, Korndörfer taught organ at Agnes Scott College. Since 2017, he teaches at Georgia State University.[7]


Korndörfer has performed extensively throughout Europe, the United States, Canada, Russia and East Asia. He has appeared as a featured artist in numerous international music festivals and organ series in cities such as Berlin, Dallas, Düsseldorf, Kyoto, Montreal,[8] Moscow, New York, Oslo, and Salzburg. His performances have also included notable venues such as Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco, the National Cathedral in Washington DC, Merrill Auditorium in Portland, Duke University Chapel,[9] the Cultural Centre in Hong Kong, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, and the Yekaterinburg Philharmonic Hall.

Korndörfer has also performed with orchestras and musical ensembles. He has given master classes and lectures for the American Guild of Organists and at institutions such as the Cultural Centre in Hong Kong and Baylor University.

Korndörfer is represented by Karen McFarlane Artists, Inc.


  • Windows of the Spirit on the Klais/Schlueter Organ at First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta, Organum Classics, 2019[10]
  • Variations on America on the Casavant Organs in Saints-Anges-Gardiens, Lachine, and St. Andrew and St. Paul, Montréal, IfoClassics, 2010[11]
  • Trumpet Ave Maria together with Kazuhiro Maekawa (Trumpet), on the Schuke Organ in the Harmony Hall, Fukui, Japan, Jasrac, 2008
  • Great Moments in German Music on the Kern Organ in the Concert Hall Kitara in Sapporo, Japan, SCH-008, 2006

Jens Korndörfer in the Media



  2. "Bekannte Absolventen seit 1950".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. "2008 Edition Laureates".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. "2011 Edition Laureates".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. "8代目 イェンス・コルンドルファー Jens Korndörfer".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. "First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta - Staff".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. "Georgia State University College of the Arts - Faculty Profile".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. "Jens Korndörfer: le sens de l'unité".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  9. "Concert Review in Korndörfer's Mastery Highlights Colors of Duke's Flentrop Organ".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  10. "CD Review in organ – Journal für die Orgel 2020/01 [German]".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  11. "Jens Korndoerfer - Topic - YouTube".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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