Born in Luxembourg in 1979, Paul Kayser began studying organ in 1989 (class of Pierre Nimax jr.) at the Conservatory of Music in Luxembourg-City. Here he obtained 3 First Prizes (solfège, improvisation, organ-building) and 3 Superior Prizes (organ, harmony, counterpoint).
He continued his studies at the “Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt am Main” (Sacred Music and Concert Formation) in the classes of Martin Lücker and Daniel Roth (organ), Winfried Toll (choir master), Gerd Wachowski (liturgical organ) and Godehard Joppich (Gregorian chant). These studies were completed with the concert exam at the “University of Arts” in Berlin, where Paul Kayser was admitted to the organ improvisation class of Prof. Wolfgang Seifen.
Beside his studies, Paul Kayser worked also with Jean Boyer, Gillian Weir, Lorenzo Ghielmi, Olivier Latry, Pierre Pincemaille and Thierry Escaich.
Paul Kayser was laureate at the Organ Improvisation Competition of Bad Homburg (Germany) in 2001 and at the “Orgues Sans Frontières” Competition in 2007.
He regularly plays solo recitals, for example at festivals in Luxemburg, Germany, France, Spain, Czech Republic. His interest in chamber music led to concerts with flute, percussion, saxophone, singers and choirs. In 2005, he played as soloist with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Luxemburg at the « Festival d’Orgue de Dudelange ». The same year, he was on a concert tour in Japan with the « Pueri Cantores du Conservatoire de Luxembourg »
Having grown up with the famous Stahlhuth organ in Dudelange, Paul Kayser is today organist of St-Alphonsus church in Luxembourg City and of the famous St.Willibrordus Basilica in Echternach. He is organ, improvisation and harmony teacher at the music schools of Bascharage and Echternach.
A choice of major Works composed:
„Dialogue“ für Violine und Klavier (2001)
„Lieder“ nach Gedichten von W. Blake für Mezzosopran und Klavier (2001)
„Contrastes“ pour Orgue (2003)
„Sequence“ for Flute and Organ (2004)
„Psalm-Gedicht für Saxophon und Orgel“ (2004),
„Nocturne“ for Orchestra
Missa „In memoriam Carlo Hommel“ (2006)
„Quatuor à cordes“ (2008)
“Gloria Patri” pour choeur à 4 voix mixtes, 3 trompettes, timbales et orgue (2007)
“Domine salvum fac” pour choeur à 4 voix mixtes, chorale enfantine et orgue
Paul Kayser also made a transcription for organ of Johann Nepomuk Hummels "Variationen über ein holländisches Lied Op. 21" for the 150th anniversary of the luxembourgish "Conseil d'Etat"