The Haarlem International Organ Festival is pleased to announce the names of the competitors in the 51st International Organ Improvisation Competition:
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) will take up the challenge this summer in Haarlem.
Applications were received from the USA, France, Denmark, Japan, Germany and the Netherlands. The selection jury assessed the submitted improvisations in anonimity.
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.