Apprenticeship, Awarding & Commitment
Anna-Victoria Baltrusch was born in Berlin, Germany, in 1989. From the age of four she got piano lessons and from the age of nine lessons in organ playing. From 2002 onwards she was a junior student in piano and organ at the Julius-Stern-Institut of the University of Arts (UDK) in Berlin. After her finals at school in 2008 she studied Church Music, Organ and Piano at the Hochschule für Musik in Freiburg im Breisgau (organ with Professor Schmeding, Professor Zsigmond Szathmáry and Frédéric Champion), for both of which she earned the Bachelor`s degree in 2012 and the Master`s degree in 2014. In October 2016 she graduated with honours („mit Auszeichnung“) as an Organ Soloist. Apart from the many prizes she received in piano and organ competitions as a pupil, as a student she was awarded the following renowned prizes: In 2009 the first prize at the Internationaler Orgelwettbewerb der Bach-Gesellschaft Wiesbaden; in 2010 a scholarship of the Deutscher Musikwettbewerb connected with the inclusion into the Bundesauswahl Konzerte junger Künstler and the Künstlerliste des Deutschen Musikrats; in 2011 second prize at the 60th International Music Competition of the ARD in Munich; in May 2013 first prize at theInternationaler August-Gottfried-Ritter-Wettbewerb in Magdeburg; in July 2013 second prize at the International OrganCompetition St. Albans (Great Britain). In 2015, she was awarded second prize at the Internationaler Bach/Liszt-Orgelwettbewerb Erfurt-Weimar.
Anna-Victoria Baltrusch has performed in recitals and concerts throughout Europe. She made her Solo Debut at the Philharmonie Berlin in January 2012. She often plays chamber music and is a sought after lied–accompanist.
From 2010 to 2014 she received a grant by the Evangelisches Studienwerk Villigst and in 2012 received a scholarship by the Brahms-Gesellschaft Baden-Baden e.V. From September 2014 until October 2015 she worked as Director of Music at the protestant church in Bad Krozingen, Germany. From 2015 to 2019, Anna-Victoria taught organ at the University of Music Leipzig and additionally, since February 2016, was working as an organist at the Alte-Tonhalle-Orgel at Neumünster Church, Zurich, Switzerland. Furthermore, she is conductor of the chamber choir TonArt Zürich.
In 2021, Anna-Victoria was appointed to the chair of organ at the „Evangelische Hochschule für Kirchenmusik“ in Halle, Germany.