Michael Gailit is organist at St. Augustine‘s Church which has the largest music program in Vienna with a high mass with choir, soloists and orchestra every sunday, with organ masses, organ meditations, organ recitals ("Festival Orgelkunst") and orchestra concerts throughout the year. The organ music is performed on two tracker instruments, a four-manual Rieger of 1976 and a two-manual Reil of 1985 (the latter built in historic Thuringian style of the time of Bach).

In 1995, Gailit was asked to take over an organ performance class at the Vienna Conservatory of Music, the first open organ teaching position in Vienna after 16 years. There he initiated a series of seminars and workshops on performance practices in organ music of all time periods. Gailit is also a member of the faculty of the University of Music in Vienna where he has taught piano since 1980. From 1981 he has also been a guest professor for the Vienna Music Program of DePauw University, Indiana. He has given courses, master classes and lectures in Vienna, Germany, Sweden and the United States.

Born in 1957, Gailit received his musical and academic training at the University of Music in Vienna, Austria. He studied piano with Hilde Langer-Rühl and Alexander Jenner, and organ with Herbert Tachezi. In 1977, he received his performance degree in organ, and took first prize in the competition "Jugend musiziert". In 1980 and 1981 he received degrees in piano and organ pedagogy and the graduation award from the University. He completed his studies with a performance degree in piano in 1982. Finally he earned a MA degree in 1993. Since 1976, Michael Gailit has performed in many European music centers and at international festivals (reviews) in Austria, Germany, Switzerland, France, Belgium, Great Britain, Slovenia, Italy, the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Poland, Estonia, Canada and Russia.

Since 1984, he regularly has toured the United States giving recitals and master classes both on organ and piano.

He appeared as soloist with the Austrian Radio Symphony, the Vienna Symphony, the Vienna Philharmonic, the Berlin Philharmonic, the Concertgebouw Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Luciano Berio, Riccardo Chailly, Andrew Davis, Dennis Russell Davies, Michael Gielen, Bernhard Haitink, Sir Charles Mackerras, Vaclav Neumann, Giuseppe Patané, Peter Schreier and Leif Segerstam.

He recorded for the Austrian radio (ORF), the Sender Freies Berlin (SFB), the Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk (MDR) and Minnesota Public Radio, U.S.A. Live performances of contemporary music (organ and orchestra) were subsequently released on record and compact disc. Among Gailit's recordings are five solo compact discs.

In addition to several publications in music magazines, he has published the first comprehensive book on Reubke ("Julius Reubke - Life And Works") in 1995 (Edition Lade).

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