Hans-Joachim Trappe was born
17th October 1965 in Castrop-Rauxel, Germany. He spent his childhood and youth
in Duderstadt, a city in the southern part of Lower Saxony. After achieving
his A-levels at a grammar school for boys and girls in Duderstadt in 1973 he
went on to study medicine at the Georg-August-University in Göttingen, from
1973 to 1979, where he achieved the title “doctor of medicine” in 1981. After
working in the central hospitals “St. Jürgenstrasse” and “Links der Weser” in
Bremen and in the Town Hospital of Hildesheim, Dr. Trappe was employed in the
department of cardiology at the Hanover Medical School from 1983 to 1996.
During the period 1985 to 1986 he was awarded a grant to work with the German
Research Group of Bonn, in the department of cardiology at the University
Hospital of Maastricht, University of Limburg, The Netherlands. In 1994 Dr.
Trappe was appointed as extraordinary professor of medicine at the Hanover
Medical School and in 1996 he was appointed professor of cardiology and
angiology at the Ruhr-University of Bochum and became head of department of
cardiology and angiology at the University Hospital Marienhospital in Herne.
Professor Trappe is a member of several national and international societies
for cardiology and intensive care medicine.
Already in the age of nine years he began taking piano
lessons from Mrs. Gertrud Brodmann, Duderstadt. Then from 1966 he took organ
lessons for many years, leaded by Josef Jung, organist at St. Cyriakus in
Duderstadt. Further organ activities were deeply influenced by the cathedral
organists Fritz Soddemann, Hildesheim, and Professor Clemens Ganz, Cologne.
Since 1969 Hans-Joachim Trappe has been working as organist at St. Cyriakus,
Duderstadt, at the cathedrals in Hildesheim and Münster and at the St. Joseph
Abbey in Gerleve in his spare time. He has played in several national and
international organ concerts, i.e. at the Cologne Cathedral, at the Salzburg
Cathedral, at the Basilika “Onze lieve vrouwe” in Maastricht, at the St.
Hedwigs’ Cathedral in Berlin, at the “Ulmer Münster” and at the Pauls Church
in Frankfurt. He has played on television church services for the ARD and ZDF,
and has given organ contributions for WDR and NDR television stations.
Multiple CD records have been made, i.e. on the Klais-organ at the Cathedral
of Hildesheim, on the great Silbermann-organ at the Cathedral of Freiberg, on
the Arp-Schnitger organ at St. Jacobi Hamburg or on the Riepp-organs at the
Basilika Ottobeuren. Professor Trappe is a member of several national and
international organ societies.