Winfried Bönig organist at Cologne Cathedrale at the International Organ Summer in Hallgrimskirkja July 7th at 12 noon and July 8th at 5 pm

Winfried Bönig is since 2001 Titular Organist of Cologne Cathedral, one of the most prestigious places for an organist in the world. His work as professor for organ and improvisation at the “Hochschule für Musik” in Cologne means he also is dean of the department of Catholic church music. 

Bönig was born in Bamberg, Germany, in 1959 and has studied organ, conducting and church music with Franz Lehrndorfer, Cathedral organist in Munich, at the Munich College of Music. He passed his exams with distinction, additionally he received a prestigious master class diploma. In 1993, Bönig earned a doctorate degree in musicology at the University of Augsburg. 

1984‒1998 Bönig was organist at the St. Josef Church in Memmingen in Bavaria. International concert appearances as organist, harpsichordist and conductor have taken him all over the world and he is frequently invited to perform at organ inaugurations. 

Bönig has performed numerous premieres of works dedicated to him, including those by Jean Guillou, Naji Hakim, Stephen Tharp, and Daniel Roth. The concert series where he played all the organ works of Johann Sebastian Bach, Max Reger and Olivier Messiaen are milestones in his career. 

The Saturday performance includes music by J.S.Bach, Kerl, Howells and Vierne.

In the Sunday concert he plays works by J.S.Bach ( Passacaglia) , Sigfried- Karg Elert,  Widor and Samuel Barber ( the famous Adagio).

Ticket sale at the entrance 1 hour before the concerts and online on

Admission: ISK 2000 ( Saturday) and ISK 2500 ( Sunday).