Walter Thür Organbuilders

Walter Thür Organbuilders (Swedish: Walter Thür Orgelbyggen) was a maker of pipe organs, based in Torshälla, Sweden. The company, established in 1968 by Walter Thür, an Austrian, made around 200 organs, most of them for the Church of Sweden in different parts of the world, including the United States, Singapore, Japan and the Philippines.[1] The business closed upon Thür's death in 2014.[1]

One of Thür's organs, at Trelleborg Church in Trelleborg, Sweden

The main organ at Uppsala Cathedral, which is the largest preserved organ from the 1870s, was refurbished by Thür in 1976.[1]

Walter ThürEdit

Walter Engelbert Thür was born on 23 July 1934 in Austria.[1] He later worked in Norway. He moved to Sweden in the 1950s to work at Grönlunds Organbuilders. In 1968, he formed his company in an old caramel factory in Storgatan, Torshälla, Sweden.[2][3] In 1978, the business moved to Elpar's on Spångagatan.[1]

Thür died on 11 March 2004, aged 69, in Eskilstuna, Sweden, shortly after completing the organ at the city's Klosters Church.[1]

Notable worksEdit

Thür either built or (where noted) refurbished the following pipe organs.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Walter Thür –
  2. ^ NYCAGO Organ Project
  3. ^ The American Organist, American Guild of Organists (1979), p. 8
  4. ^ Möja Church – Visit Värmdö
  5. ^ Walter Thür Orgelbyggen (1986) – Pipe Organ Database
  6. ^ Svenska Kyrkan (Swedish Seamen's Church) – The New York City Chapter of the American Guild of Organists