Hradetzky, Gerhard G(regor)
- Hans Haselbock
(b Weilheim, nr Munich, Feb 8, 1944). Austrian organ builder. His grandfather Gregor Franz Hradetzky founded an organ-building firm in Krems in 1912. After World War II, under the control of Gregor Georg Hradetzky (b Krems, 31 Jan 1909; d Bad Kleinkirchheim, 1 Dec 1984), Gerhard’s father, the workshop achieved international renown, for example for their organs at the Stiftskirche, Wilten (1964; four manuals, 44 stops) and Melk abbey (1970; three manuals, 45 stops). Gerhard Hradetzky received his early training from his father and then worked with Rudolf von Beckerath in Hamburg (1962–5) before attending the Fachschule für Instrumentenbau in Ludwigsburg (1972). In 1974 he resigned from his father’s business and set up his own firm in Oberbergem near Krems.
Hradetzky has specialized in building small organs inspired by historical models; his instruments mostly have two manuals, slider chests and mechanical action, and some use historical tunings. Early in his career he built organs of this sort for Immanuel Presbyterian Church, Los Angeles (...