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The International Organ Festival Haarlem (Netherlands) is pleased to announce the competitors for the 50th Organ ImprovisationCompetition (first held in 1951). From 22 applications from 11 countries, the following 8 contestants have been selected to compete in Haarlem from 14-18 July: Jacob Lekkerkerker, Geerten Liefting and Harmen Trimp (Netherlands), David Cassan (France), Lukas Grimm and Tobias Wittmann (Germany), Morten Ladehoff (Denmark) and Luke Mayernik (USA).
We are proud to announce the entire SummerAcademy programme for the 50th Haarlem Organ Festival in 2014. Besides a number of familiar faces we are delighted to welcome several new guest teachers and a very special Haarlem veteran - Luigi Ferdinando Tagliavini. On the occasion of the 50th ImprovisationCompetition there will be an 11-day course for advanced improvisers. News of festival recitals, excursions and other activities will be announced later.
Application to take part in the Haarlem SummerAcademy has commenced on 1 January. The SummerAcademy is open to professional organists and to students on professional courses. All lessons will be conducted in English, and all participants will be expected to communicate with the teachers in this language. Participants expecting to perform during the masterclasses will be required in the early summer to submit a list of the pieces they have prepared.
Click here for full details of the courses, teachers and repertoire. For practical reasons, certain combinations of courses may not be possible; announcements on this will follow.