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Morten Ladehoff (DK), Geerten Liefting and Evan Bogerd (NL), Lukas Grimm, Peter Schleicher and Martin Sturm (DE) have been selected by the jury for the 2nd round of the Improvisation Competition on Wednesday 20 July.
These six participants have been informed about the assignments for tomorrow evening. They will play two improvisations: one totally unprepared improvisation for which they will receive the theme on-stage, and... a duo improvisation together with percussionist Tatiana Koleva!
This year we commemorate the 100th anniversary of the death of Reger, and at the same time the ‘birth’ in Rotterdam of the celebrated Walcker organ, now in the Martinikerk at Doesburg. Reason enough for the Haarlem and Doesburg organ foundations to collaborate.
Among the venues where the Summer Academy of the Haarlem Organ Festival will touch ground on Saturday 23 July is Doesburg, where the renowned Reger specialist Ludger Lohmann will direct a masterclass on the composer. The excursion will climax in a special evening recital which will also include music by Siegfried Reda (born 100 years ago) and Günther Raphael.
The masterclass comprises two sessions, beginning at 14.30 and 16.30 hours respectively. They are open to all Summer Academy students, including those not attending the Reger course. In addition, external guests are also invited to take part, including good amateur players, students and professional organists. Ludger Lohmann will discuss aspects of performance practice in relation to the music of Reger and with particular reference to the organs of his time. Audio and video facilities will be available for listeners in the church. There is a free choice of repertoire at all levels.
Those interested in taking part are invited to apply via a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org stating name, address and (in the case of Summer Academy students) registration number. Please mention your present (or previous) organ teacher, your status as amateur, student or professional organist, and the title and duration of the music you wish to perform. You will be informed as soon as possible about admission and preparation time at the Doesburg organ.
The complete excursion programme is also open to those not attending the Haarlem Summer Academy. A special coach (departing from Haarlem at 8.30 hours and returning around midnight) will give participants the opportunity to visit the towns of Zwolle, Zutphen and Doesburg, including the second masterclass session and evening recital in Doesburg.
Those wishing to join the excursion (reservation fee € 35,- p.p.) are requested to fill in the form on www.organfestival (as per 23 May). For the lunch in Zwolle (€ 12,50) and/or the buffet dinner in Doesburg (€ 17,50) payment can be made at the door. The excursion is free of charge for Summer Academy students.
Applications were received from the USA, France, Denmark, Japan, Germany and the Netherlands. The selection jury assessed the submitted improvisations in anonimity.
The following eight competitors will take up the challenge this summer in Haarlem: Noël Hazebroucq (France), Morten Ladehoff (Denmark), Geerten Liefting and Evan Bogerd (the Netherlands), Lukas Grimm, Peter Schleicher and Martin Sturm (Germany), and Matt Gender (USA).
The first and second rounds take place respectively on 18 July (St Bavo’s church, organ by Christiaan Müller, 1738) and 20 July (Philharmonie concert hall, organ by Aristide Cavaillé-Coll, 1875). The final round is on 22 July in St Bavo’s church.
The jury will include the renowned improvisers Thierry Escaich and Thomas Lacôte (F), Guy Bovet (CH) and Ansgar Wallenhorst (D).
The competition prize is a sum of money and ten invitations for recitals at venues including Paris (F, Notre-Dame), Toulouse (F), St Albans (GB), Ratingen (D), Tongeren (B) and organ series in the Netherlands in Utrecht (Nicolaïkerk and Domkerk), Haarlem (St Bavo’s church), Nijmegen, Doesburg and the Orgelpark in Amsterdam.