Prof Albert Troskie
Prof. ALBERT TROSKIE was born in 1942 in Adelaide, South Africa. He studied musicology and organ at the Universities of Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and South Africa.
After winning UNISA’s overseas scholarship for organ performers in 1968, he undertook advanced studies in organ playing and improvisation for two years in Holland, and also musicology and organ-building at the University of Amsterdam. In 1975 he received his D.Mus. degree at UNISA with a thesis on the choral music of Max Reger. For this he undertook extended musicological research in Bonn and Vienna.
Albert Troskie lectured at the University of South Africa, and from 1983 until his retirement in 1998, he was a Professor of Music and Musicology, and later also Head of the Music Department at the University of Port Elizabeth.
In 1980 Albert Troskie founded the Suid-Afrikaanse Kerkorrelistevereniging (SAKOV), and was editor of the newsletter and the magazine, Vir die Musiekleier, as well as chairman of this society, for 20 years. In 2002 he received honorary membership of the Society.
As organ consultant he designed many pipe organs for churches, including the prestigious organs in the D.R. Church Somerstrand (1988) and in Port Elizabeth’s Feather Market Centre (1999). He wrote many articles on organ-building as well as the book, Pyporrels in Suid-Afrika (Pipe Organs in South Africa) that was published by Van Schaiks in 1992.
His second book on organ-building, The Historical Pipe Organ Heritage of South Africa, was published in March 2010.
As composer, Albert Troskie published two books with hymn arrangements for organ and choir in 2003 and 2006. He also released a solo recital CD, Grand Organ, in 2000 as well as other organ and choir CD’s, and played a prominent part as co-editor of the Afrikaans Hymnal, Liedboek van die Kerk (2003).
Prof. Albert Troskie is active as author, church and concert organist, speaker at local and international conferences, music examiner and adjudicator, and composer. For the past eight years he is the official organ accompanist of the Eastern Cape Children’s Choir and he undertook three overseas tours with them.