Cathedral Musical Assistant Georg Oberauer
Georg Oberauer, born in 1984, grew up in Annaberg im Lammertal/Salzburg. After visiting the Austrian Federal Academy for Commercial Studies, from the age of 15, he was a young student in Elisabeth Ullmann’s organ class at the “Mozarteum” University for Music and Performing Arts in Salzburg.
In 1998, he received 1st prize in the “Prima la Musica” competition in Linz and the "Art Advancement Award" from the “Pongau-Höch” Lions Club.
He studied at the State University for Music and the Performing Arts of Stuttgart, taking the following degree courses: a Masters in Church Music A, a diploma in Instrumental Teaching and a diploma in Creative Education specialising in Organ Music (studying organ with Jon Laukvik and Martha Schuster, improvisation with Willibald Bezler and cathedral organist Johannes Mayr and cembalo with Jörg Halubek). He received significant artistic stimuli from his second subject, piano, from Péter Nagy (Budapest). He also did a Masters in Music Theory at the University of Tübingen.
He received a music scholarship from the “Cusanuswerk” Catholic Bishop sponsorship fund and was selected for a scholarship from the “Ansbach Rotary Club” as part of Ansbach Bach Week in 2007. As a tutor, he taught piano at the State University of Music Stuttgart and several piano lessons at a city music school.
A finalist at the “2nd Franz Schmidt Organ Competition” in Kitzbühel in 2008, in 2010 he received the 2nd prize at the “Stuttgart Prize for Piano Teaching”. He was a semi-finalist at the “60th ARD International Music Competition 2011” and won the special prize from the “Bärenreiter-Verlag” in the Organ category. In 2013 he was a finalist at the “Concours International d’Orgue – Orgues sans frontières" in Luxembourg.
In July 2014, for the diocese's anniversary, he took up the role of Cathedral Musical Assistant specialising in organ music for the High Cathedral of Hildesheim.