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Duo Majoya

Marnie Giesbrecht and Joachim Segger are Duo Majoya, the uniquely versatile and innovative keyboard team that has circled the globe performing keyboard duets of all combinations in North America, Europe, South Africa and Asia. The duo has performed a distinctive repertoire of commissioned, original and arranged works on community and university concert series, at conventions and international organ festivals. Commissions include works for organ duet and organ/piano by Canadian and international composers funded by the RCCO (Royal Canadian College of Organists), AFA, Canada Council, and other sources. See premieres and commissions page for more information.

Enthusiasts and advocates for the development of organ music in the city and country through leadership roles in the RCCO and other regional and national musical organizations, Giesbrecht and Segger also serve the Edmonton community as music directors at First Presbyterian Church. The duo was inducted into the Edmonton Cultural Hall of Fame in June, 2014 for their individual careers and exceptional work as Duo Majoya. In July, 2015, Giesbrecht and Segger will become Honorary Fellows of the Royal Canadian College of Organists.

Giesbrecht and Segger began playing piano duets upon meeting as students. Their piano studies intersected in the classes of Ernesto Lejano (University of Alberta) and Kurt Neumüller (Mozarteum in Salzburg); and the Eastman School of Music (Cecile Genhart and Barry Snyder). Playing piano duets continues to be a constant joy.

Dr. Giesbrecht is Professor Emerita at the University of Alberta and Adjunct Professor of at The King’s University; Dr. Segger is Professor of Music and Chair of the Music Department at The King's University.

 

 


Marnie Giesbrecht

Marnie Giesbrecht has performed in major cities, universities and music festivals throughout Canada, the United States, South Africa, Europe and Asia. A versatile keyboard artist, she performs regularly as organ soloist, chamber musician and collaborative keyboard artist. Educated at the University of Alberta, the Eastman School of Music (Roch. NY), and the Mozarteum (Salzburg, Austria), Dr. Giesbrecht is Professor in the Department of Music, University of Alberta where she teaches Organ Performance (Bachelor's, Master's and Doctoral programs) and related subjects, Graduate Keyboard Seminar and Chamber Music. She is currently developing and teaching courses in Continuo Playing and Early Music Ensemble.

Dr. Giesbrecht recently organized the fundraising and installation of two new instruments at the University of Alberta: The Carol Otto Casavant studio organ (1978), September 2010; and the Krapf Memorial Positive Organ built by James Louder, October 2011. She collaborates often on organ and harpsichord in performances with Baroque cellist and gambist Josephine van Lier.

Marnie Giesbrecht studied and concertized as a pianist throughout her undergraduate (University of Alberta) postgraduate and Master’s degrees (Mozarteum, Salzburg, Austria and Eastman School of Music, Rochester, N.Y.). Her piano teachers include Ernesto Lejano, Isobel Rolston, Kurt Neumüller and Barry Snyder. She won the Canadian Federation of Music Teachers' Association Young Artists' Touring Award and Johann Strauss Foundation Scholarships for studies at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria.Dr. Giesbrecht studied organ performance with Jacobus Kloppers and Gerhard Krapf (DMus, University of Alberta, 1988).

With Joachim Segger, Marnie Giesbrecht performs and records as Duo Majoya and directs the music at First Presbyterian Church, Edmonton where they recently consulted for and supervised the restoration and renovation of the 1909 Casavant organ. A founding member of Early Music Alberta (2010-2011), Dr. Giesbrecht currently chairs the Davis Trust Advisory Committee and is President of the Edmonton RCCO Centre. She is Artistic/Managing Director of the RCCO Sundays at 3 Organ in Concert Series and Adjunct Professor of Music at The King’s University College. She has recorded a broad range of solo, duo, concerto and organ with choir works on a variety of full and shared CDs.


Joachim Segger

Canadian keyboard artist Joachim Segger is a versatile musician who maintains an active career performing piano, duo and chamber recitals as well as concertos. 

Educated at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y., the University of Alberta, Canada and the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, piano professors include Ernesto Lejano and Helmut Brauss (University of Alberta), Kurt  Neumüller (Mozarteum, Salzburg), Cécile Staub Genhart (Eastman School of Music) and Menahem Pressler (University of Indiana). One of the youngest students at Eastman to receive the Performer's Certificate, he also won the Concerto Competition and performed the Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Eastman Philharmonia conducted by David Effron. Joachim Segger performed a solo piano Carnegie Recital Hall debut at the age of twenty one. His standard and contemporary piano repertoire is vast and eclectic, as exemplified in his solo piano CD "Bravato."

Dr. Segger is Chair and Professor of Music at The King's University College, Edmonton, Alberta and Adjunct Professor of Music/Keyboard Faculty at the University of Alberta.  He performs internationally with his colleague saxophonist Charles Stolte, often premiering contemporary music.

In demand as a collaborative artist, Segger’s recent work includes a concert with the world-renowned bass- baritone Pavlo Hunka in a performance of Yakiv Stepovyi "The Art Songs". As part of the Ukrainian Arts Song Project the performance will soon be released on YouTube. 

With  Duo Majoya partner Marnie Giesbrecht, Joachim Segger has performed internationally to critical acclaim.  Ardent supporters and performers of contemporary music,  Giesbrecht and Segger, Duo Majoya, perform on September 9, 2012 in the Winspear Centre for Music, Edmonton, four major works commissioned for them;  composed by Ruth Watson Henderson, Rachel Laurin, Barrie Cabena and Jacobus Kloppers. Duo Majoya has made significant world impact performing and commissioning works for the genre of organ/piano duet and has recorded two CD's  for this combination:  "Transcriptions for Two" and "Skyscape."  In addition, they have recorded a piano duet CD 'The Elegance and the Ecstasy" and their newest CD
"Duo Majoya: Organ Duets on the Davis Concert Organ" recorded at the Winspear Centre for Music in Edmonton. 

A church organist since the age of nine, Joachim is well known for his workshops on improvisation at national conventions and as a traveling clinician for the Royal Canadian College of Organists.