Ronny Krippner - Biography
Bavarian-born Ronny Krippner is in the unique position of having been influenced by both the German and British choral traditions. He studied organ playing and improvisation with Prof. Franz-Josef Stoiber at the Hochschule für Kirchenmusik in Regensburg while at the same time working as Assistant Choirmaster of the Regensburger Domspatzen(Regensburg Cathedral Sparrows), Regensburg Cathedral's famous boys' choir. After graduating, Ronny went to Exeter University to take his master's degree in English Cathedral Music whilst singing in the Cathedral Choir as a Choral Scholar.
Building on these twin musical foundations, Ronny went on to take up various posts. In 2005 he became Organ Scholar at Bristol Cathedral, Organist at Clifton College and a member of staff at Bristol Grammar School. After a period working at Newport Cathedral, Wales, Ronny moved to London where he is now Organist and Teacher of Music at King's College School, Wimbledon. Playing the organ for the various school services, accompanying and assisting in training the Chamber Choir, teaching academic music lessons as well as all the school's organ students are the various aspects of Ronny's position at this traditional day school for boys. In addition to his school activities, Ronny is Assistant Director of Music at the celebrated 'Handel church', St George's, Hanover Square (London), with its professional choir and annual Handel Festival.
Being fascinated from an early age by organ improvisation, Ronny has made this his specialism. He took part in several master classes on that subject, having studied with Olivier Latry, Naji Hakim, Anders Bondeman, Jos van der Kooy, Hans Haselböck, Loïc Mallié, David Briggs and Daniel Roth. Finalist in the prestigious Organ Improvisation Competition in St Albans in 2009, he won two Prizes in the International Organ Improvisation Competition in Biarritz in the same year.
Ronny has recorded several CDs with organ and choir music on German record labels and has frequently been heard performing on television and radio, both in Germany and the UK. He has given organ recitals in Germany, Holland, Belgium, the United Kingdom, the United States and Mexico.