Officers of the Academy
Germany Representative: Dr Hans-Peter Retzmann
musical education began with piano studies
at the Musikhochshcule in Köln (where he was born)
and church music studies in Aachen and Düsseldorf,
where he completed the Kantor exam.
He continued with further studies in Theology in
Würzburg and internationally at the Schola
Cantorum in Paris with Jean-Paul Imbert (Diplôme
de Virtuosité), taking classes in improvisation
and composition with Naji Hakim at the church of
From 1992-1998 he was Director of Music at St
Andreas in Korschenbroich where he was in charge
of the Internationale Orgelwoche and initiated
regular performances with the Düsseldorfer
Since then he has held the post of Director of
Music at St Nikolaus in Mönchengladbach-Hardt,
where he is responsible for the Hardter Konzerte.
During this time Peter produced various CD
recording projects, including collaborations with
Jane Parker-Smith and Alan Wilson, as well as his
own recordings and improvisations of famous
He regularly organises tours for visiting choirs
from the UK (e.g. Trinity College, Cambridge) and
Until 2005 Peter was assistant musicologist at the
Robert Schumann Hochschule in Düsseldorf with Prof
Dr Volker Kalisch.
In July 2010 he was awarded a doctoral degree for
his dissertation on the aesthetics of Max Reger.
Peter gives recitals as an organist and improviser
and plays with several ensembles giving concerts
in Germany and overseas.
He gives workshop lectures on theoretical and
Peter is a member of the American Guild of
Organists (AGO), New York, USA, the Internationale
Max-Reger-Gesellschaft (IMRG) in Karlsruhe,
Germany, and the Royal College of Organists (RCO),
He has organ, choral works and chamber music
published with Editions Delatour, France.