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Wolfgang Seifen, born in Bergheim/Erft, Germany, in 1956, received his early musical training at the music school of the Regensburger Domspatzen and studied church music from 1973 to 1976 in Aachen, Germany.

After working as a church musician in Aachen and Nettetal-Lobberich, he became organist of the Papal Basilica of St. Mary in Kevelaer, Germany. Here, on the large Seifert organ (128 stops, 4 manuals), his international reputation as a much-sought-after improviser grew. He also worked as a choral conductor and published his own compositions.

Wolfgang Seifen taught improvisation and liturgical organ playing at the State Music Conservatory in Stuttgart from 1989 to 1992, and at the Robert Schumann Conservatory in Duesseldorf from 1992 to 2000. He was named honorary professor in 1995. In October of 2000, he was called to the position of professor for improvisation and liturgical organ playing at the University of the Arts in Berlin.
In 2004 he was named Titulary Organist of the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedaechtnis-Kirche (Emperor Wilhelm Memorial Church), Berlin.