Jon Laukvik is one of the premier organists and pedagogues in the world today. He is master of a huge span of organ repertoire and has appeared in recital throughout Europe and in Canada, Israel, Japan, Korea, and the United States. In 1980, he was appointed professor of organ and harpsichord at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Stuttgart, where he remained until his retirement in 2016. During this period, he held visiting professorships at the Norwegian Academy of Music (Norges musikkhøgskole) in Oslo (2001–2007), and at the Royal Academy of Music in London (2003–2017). Laukvik has served as a juror for virtually every major international organ competition in the world, and has taught courses and seminars throughout Europe and in Asia.
As a scholar, Laukvik contributed two volumes to the series Historical Performance Practice in Organ Playing, published by Carus-Verlag, Stuttgart. They have quickly become standard texts in music education in Europe and the United States; both are available in English. He is the editor of a third volume in this series, Die Moderne, which includes articles by several other authors. An English translation of this volume is in preparation. Laukvik has also edited Handel’s Op. 7 organ concerti for Carus-Verlag (together with Werner Jacob). A complete edition of the organ works of Louis Vierne in thirteen volumes (edited together with David Sanger) was published by Carus-Verlag in March 2008.
Active as a composer, he has written works for solo organ, organ with other instruments, and vocal and instrumental works. His recent compositions are published by Edition Svitzer, Copenhagen.
Laukvik was born in Oslo, Norway, where he received his early training in piano, organ, and church music. Later, at the Cologne Musikhochschule, he studied organ with Michael Schneider and harpsichord with Hugo Ruf, and in Paris he was a private organ student of Marie-Claire Alain.