The organist, André Knevel, was born in Bussum, The Netherlands.
At a very early age he began to show a lively interest in the
organ and began taking formal piano and organ lessons at the age
of 8. Among others, his teachers were: Dr. J.Van Stokkum, Rutger
Van Mazijk, and Willem Hendrik Zwart. André Knevel gave his first
official organ recital at the age of 19. Shortly thereafter, he
was appointed organist in Hilversum.
In 1975, André Knevel immigrated to Canada, making St. Catharines
his permanent residence. He continued and completed his studies
with Dr. John Tuttle, Associate Professor of the University of
André Knevel now maintains a full teaching schedule of organ and
piano at home and in several different Christian schools.
Presently he gives many recitals throughout Canada, USA, and
Europe. Each summer finds him on his yearly tour of The
Netherlands, where he performs anywhere from 20 to 30 concerts on
many of the magnificent organs of his native country. Recently he
also had the privilege of giving recitals amongst others, on the
organs of Wittenberg and Torgau, Germany, the region of the famous
reformer Martin Luther. Andre also gives organrecitals in South
Africa, where his just returned from a succesfull tour.
As well, André Knevel is also the regular accompanist of several
mixed and male choirs, and often guest organist for other choirs
and musical events. As a sensitive accompanist for solo
instruments such as flute, panflute, violin, harp and piano, André
Knevel has delighted audiences far and wide. Numerous CD
recordings have been made of solo organ or combined with the above
mentioned choirs and instruments. He is an accomplished player of
major organ works and a master improviser. In this way he seeks to
share his love and talent for music with the audience but above
all, desires it to be to the greater glory of God.