Prof. Henry Fairs
Professor of Organ
Born in Hereford (England), Henry Fairs received his earliest musical education as a chorister at Leominster Priory before going on to study at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, where he graduated with first class honours. A scholarship from the Countess of Munster Trust enabled postgraduate studies in Paris, Cologne and Vienna.
Alongside his work as a teacher, Henry enjoys an active career as a performer that takes him to instruments and festivals throughout the world. He is also a frequent jury member at international competitions. Former students include prize-winners at international competitions, many of whom have gone on to hold prestigious church and teaching posts. He has made a number of radio broadcasts and recordings.
Henry was a prize winner in several international organ competitions, including Odense (DK), Chartres (FR), St Albans (GB) und Paris (FR). Important teachers include David Saint, Thierry Mechler, Susan Landale, David Sanger und Michael Radulescu.
From 2005-2020 he taught at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire (U.K.) and was a Visiting Professor at the Musikhochschule Leipzig from 2018-2020. Since 2014 he has been an Honorary Professor at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. At the start of the winter semester 2020/2021 he moved to Berlin to take up the position of Professor of Organ at the Universität der Künste.