- Barbara Owen
(b Speyer, Germany, Nov 21, 1929). Canadian organ builder of German birth. At age 15 he was apprenticed to Paul Sattel in Speyer, where he also studied organ and composition at the Institute of Church Music. For four years he assisted the organ builder Franz Nagel. In 1951 he immigrated to London, Ontario, to work as a builder and voicer for the Keates-Geissler Organ Co.; when Keates moved to Toronto in 1955 Kney entered into partnership with John Bright, establishing the firm of Kney & Bright. On the dissolution of the partnership, in 1967 the firm was renamed Gabriel Kney & Co. In the vanguard of the tracker organ revival in Canada, Kney’s opus 1 was a five-stop tracker-action instrument; he then built 30 organs with electropneumatic action before specializing in tracker action.
Among his most important instruments are those in the Cathedral of SS Luke and Paul, Charleston, South Carolina; Massey Hall, Toronto; Pease Auditorium, Eastern Michigan University; Roy Thomson Hall, Toronto; Holy Trinity Cathedral, Kansas City, Missouri; and St Thomas College, St Paul, Minnesota. By ...