Winfried Bönig is a German organist
An organist is a musician who plays any type of organ. An organist may play solo organ works, play with an ensemble or orchestra, or accompany one or more singers or instrumental soloists...
Bönig studied organ
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and church music
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at the Musikhochschule München with Franz Lehrndorfer from 1978 to 1984. He passed his A exam
Church musician (Germany)
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in 1982 with distinction
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. Afterwards he studied musicology
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Augsburg is a city in the south-west of Bavaria, Germany. It is a university town and home of the Regierungsbezirk Schwaben and the Bezirk Schwaben. Augsburg is an urban district and home to the institutions of the Landkreis Augsburg. It is, as of 2008, the third-largest city in Bavaria with a...
(doctorate). Between 1984 and 1998 he was organist of St. Josef in Memmingen
Memmingen is a town in the Bavarian administrative region of Swabia in Germany. It is the central economic, educational and administrative centre in the Danube-Iller region. To the west the town is flanked by the Iller, the river that marks the Baden-Württemberg border...
. In 1998 he was appointed professor
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of organ at the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne
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. Among his students is Ulrich Cordes
Ulrich Cordes is a German tenor.-Professional career:Ulrich Cordes first studied sacred music at the Hochschule für Musik Köln with Winfried Bönig and Margaretha Hürholz, among others. He continued studying voice. In 2005 he was able to study at the CNSMDP in Paris with Pierre Mervant as a...
. In 2001 he became organist of Cologne Cathedral
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