Kney, Gabriel

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Kney, Gabriel

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1929-

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Gabriel Kney (b. 1929) is a pipe organ builder based out of London, Ontario. A native of Speyer, Germany, Kney began apprenticing as an organ builder at the age of 15. After studying at the Bishop’s Institute for Church Music in his hometown, Kney immigrated to Canada in 1951. He initially worked for the Keates-Geissler Organ Company in London as a builder and voicer before co-founding the Kney and Bright Organ Company in 1955 with John Bright. Kney and Bright built and repaired hundreds of organs, including the organs of Aeolian Hall in London and St. Michael’s Cathedral in Toronto, and were influential in reviving mechanical tracker-organs across North America. In 1967, Kney formed Gabriel Kney Pipe Organ Builders Ltd in London. Some of his most notable organs are found in Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto, Holy Trinity Cathedral in Kansas City, and St. Thomas College in St Paul, Minnesota. Kney also composed a collection of hymns and preludes entitled “Gabriel’s Gebrauchsmusik.”

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