Michael Koenig appointed Organ Scholar

Posted on: Saturday 31st August 2019

We are delighted to welcome our new organ scholar, Michael Koenig. Michael received his musical training in his native Austria, obtaining degrees in organ and music education from the Music Universities of Graz and Vienna. While holding a position as organist at a major church in Innsbruck, Austria, Michael became interested in the Anglican church music tradition. After one year as the organist and director of music at St Alban’s Anglican Church Copenhagen, he became the organ scholar at All Saints Fulham before moving to St Paul’s Knightsbridge.

Since 2014, Michael visits Kenya on a regular basis as a performer, music teacher and consultant. His interest in the vibrant classical music of this African country has stimulated Michael to go back into academia with the purpose of becoming better qualified to ultimately work in the field of European cultural support in the context of developing countries. In 2018, Michael received a Professional MA in African Studies from Copenhagen University, and in summer of 2019, he completed the Foundation Diploma for Postgraduate Studies at SOAS London with distinction. He is now pursuing an MA in World History and Cultures at King’s College London. In his thesis he examines the contributions of the British Council to the cultural landscape of Kenya between 1947 and the country’s independence in 1963.