Born in 1944, Michael Reckling began his artistic career
early. At age 15 he was already playing works of J.S.Bach at
the some important cathedral organs in Germany. He was
also the director of the theatre group and music band at his
boarding school Schule Schloss Salem in Germany.
At age 19, he was admitted to the Dramatic Arts Academy
of Frankfurt under the direction of Klaus Kinsky, thus combining
this facet of his education with his studies of film direction
and photography at the renowned ARRIFLEX of Munich, and
at the School for Superior Studies of Film, Photography and
In 1966 he decided to live in Spain and began working in Madrid for Spanish Television.
At the same time Michael Reckling started taking family portraits of many people he met during his work for Spanish Television in different cities. His most artistic portaits became soon in very great demand.
Michael Reckling also visited the largest organs in Spain and played organ recitals at the
Basilicas of the Monastery El Escorial (Madrid) and the Valle de los Caidos, at the Montjuich Palace in Barcelona and in San Sebastián at the Cathedral Buen Pastor and the Basilica Santa María.
In 1969, while his artistic photographs were being exhibited in a show at the new Marbella
Hilton Hotel, he discovered the town of Marbella. Attracted by the overwhelming beauty of
the place Michael Reckling decided to take up residence in one of the town's oldest
and most illustrious homes located in the historic Orange Square, across the square from the City Hall and just beside the main church of Marbella.
A passionate organist, he visited all churches nearby
and was notably taken by the outstanding acoustics of Marbella's
main church. The idea came to him that a great organ should be
built thus providing residents and visitors alike the opportunity
to hear cassical music in this unique setting. Monseñor Rodrigo
Bocanegra, Pastor of the church at the time, was enthusiastic
about the idea and signed the contract in 1971 for the construc-
tion of a major concert organ of 5000 pipes, the Organo del Sol
Mayor. Thus one of Michael Reckling's most cherished dreams
came true when he himself had the honour of playing the inau-
gural concert in 1975. With its 5000 pipes it is one of the most
important organs built in Spain in the 20th century.
Excellent CD produced with Spain's leading concert organist Pilar Cabrera.
- Marbella -
|  Between 1971 and 1980, Michael Reckling compiled an Image Bank of Marbella and
its surrounding areas, and shortly afterwards founded Michael Reckling Studios under-
taking the production of audiovisual assignments for tourism promotion in Spain and Brazil.
In 1989 the Image Bank was enlarged
to include information on Spain, Brazil and
Puerto Rico ,   thanks   to   his   team   of
Michael Reckling Studios.
Despite being occupied with these
projects, Michael Reckling manages to find
time to act in film and television produc-
tions: Brigada Antivicio El Comisario,
Operación Gonada, Ala-Dina, Periodistas,
Todos los Hombres sois iguales, La Casa
de los Lios, etc.
Michael Reckling - Actor in Spain - Hompage
|            In 1990 Michael Reckling presented to The King and Queen of Spain his audiovisual production AGES OF MANKIND at Burgos Cathedral during a private opening ceremony for one of Spain's largest art exhibitions, LAS EDADES DEL HOMBRE (Ages of Mankind).|
|            Since 1996, part of this extensive Image Bank has been digitalized and it is now possible to see some of his most outstanding photographs at www.magicSpain.com.
In the last 40 years Michael Reckling has always promoted classic organ music and the construction and installation of new pipe organs and digital organs in Spain.
The music recorded of these instruments and of many other outstanding concerts can be found at Michael Reckling's website www.el-Organo.com.
(interesting photographic document in PDF format with very few text in Spanish)
2008 - 2009 / Discover the magic of Valladolid's Cathedral and its two organs...
An educational program with auditions, directed by Michael Reckling
with the colaboration of concert organist Pilar Cabrera.
|Michael Reckling Studios - E-mail|