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Biography

Roman ChladaHe was born in 1972 in Austria and took his first organ classes with Thomas Schmögner at the Franz Schmidt Music School in Lower Austria. From 1993-2001 he lived as a monk at the Carthusian monastery Pleterje in Slovenia, where he was also a cantor. Afterwards he studied historic keyboard instruments (harpsichord, clavichord, organ) at the Konservatorium Wien. His first teacher was Thomas Schmögner and later on Norbert Zeilberger. In 2010 he received a diploma with honors.

He participated in different master classes with focuses such as: medieval music with Kees Boeke, Guillermo Perez and Claudia Caffagni, Italian renaissance organ music with Christopher Stembridge and Liuwe Tamminga, Spanish organ music with Jose Luis Uriol and Javier Artigas, early baroque ensemble music with Bruno Re and Mara Galassi.

As a soloist he focuses especially on keyboard music of the Renaissance playing the clavichord. When it comes to ensemble music, he is mostly interested in the music of the 17th century, and played in concert with different ensembles throughout Austria as well as in foreign countries. Appearances as a soloist include playing the clavichord at the austrian radio station Ö1, as well as the opening concert of the 11th international organ and chamber music festival in Pelplin, Poland in June 2009. Since 2012 he was invited to play recitals on the clavichord and to teach in master classes to Japan, Finland and Denmark. In summer 2013 he taught at a course of Sibelius Academy in Kuopio, Finland.

Since November 1st, 2013 main organist at Karlskirche in Vienna.