Native to the city of Marienberg – the heart of the South-Saxon Erzgebirge (i.e. Ore Mountains) –, where he received his first instrumental training on keyboard instruments, the horn, and on the recorder from KMD (i.e. director of church music) Karl-Heinz Gnida at the age of fourteen, Roy Heyne pursued his course of studies at »Hochschule für Kirchenmusik« (i.e. Dresden conservatory of church music) with organ music (Merit Eichhorn, KMD Dietrich Wagler), piano performance (Prof. Sabine Bräutigam), and musical direction (Prof. Dr. Christfried Brödel / Prof. Matthias Geissler) as his major subjects. Further focal point was the instruction on both harpsichord as well as basso continuo playing by Rafael Alpermann, and on the ‘dulcet’ flute by Gudrun Strohhäcker. Roy Heyne finished his studies with the diploma in church music on B level (i.e. B.Mus.) Subsequently, he occupied the position of Kantor (i.e. choirmaster and organist) at St. Johannis (i.e. St. John), main church of the city of Plauen, for a period of two years. Concertante culminations of which were the rendering of the Brockes Passion, and the execution of the »Orgelsommer« (i.e. Organ Summer) – a weekly recurring series of concerts.
Roy Heyne is Kantor of the Evangelical-Lutheran parish at Altenberg-Schellerhau. In addition, he is completing the early music masters program under prof. Ludger Rémy and Elina Albach at »Hochschule für Musik Carl Maria von Weber« (i.e. Carl Maria von Weber Conservatory Dresden), majoring in harpsichord playing.
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