Organist of St. Mary Johannes Unger

Johannes Unger (*1976) has been organist at St. Mary's since 2009 and at Lübeck Cathedral since 2022.


He grew up in a musical family and studied piano, organ and church music in Leipzig and Copenhagen. His teachers included Ullrich Böhme, Hans Fagius and Markus Tomas. From 2003 to 2009, he was assistant organist at St. Thomas Church in Leipzig. He attracted international attention when he won three major organ competitions within a short space of time (Odense 1998, Leipzig Bach Competition 2000 and St. Albans 2001).


Concert and liturgical organ playing at St. Mary's Church in Lübeck is one of his main tasks. He also directs the "Capella St. Marien", a choral and instrumental ensemble that he founded in 2010. For the "Lübecker Abendmusiken" in 2010, he composed the "Beatitudes" for 2 organs, bass and female choir to commemorate the Lübeck martyrs.


Since 2010, he has dedicated the annual "Buxtehude Days" in St. Mary's Church to his famous predecessor Dieterich Buxtehude.


Concerts and courses have taken Johannes Unger to many European countries, North America and Australia. He regularly makes recordings for radio and on CD. Until 2009, he taught at the Hochschule für Kirchenmusik in Halle. In 2009 he received a teaching position at the Lübeck University of Music.


You can reach Johannes Unger at or on +49 451 3977024.