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The jury of the International Haarlem Organfestival has declared Geerten Liefting (Netherlands) as winner of the 51st Haarlem International Organ Improvisation Competition. Martin Sturm (Germany) was awarded the Audience Prize.
The finale took place on Friday evening 22 July in St Bavo’s church in Haarlem with four finalists: Lukas Grimm, Peter Schleicher and Martin Sturm (Germany) and Geerten Liefting (the Netherlands). The first assignment was an improvisation of about 7 minutes bases on thematic material composed by the Dutch composer Peter Adriaansz (1966). The second assignment was an improvised 'soundtrack' as accompaniment to the silent movie 'Regen' (Rain, 1929, duration 15 minutes) by the Dutch filmmaker Joris Ivens (1898-1989).
After an exciting second round of the ImprovisationCompetition on 20 July, the jury of the International Haarlem Organfestival has declared there will be four finalists at the finale on Friday 22 July: Lukas Grimm, Martin Sturm, Peter Schleicher (DE) and Geerten Liefting (NL)
The finale will take place in St Bavo’s church in Haarlem, the Netherlands.
The jury includes the renowned improvisers Thierry Escaich and Thomas Lacôte (F), Guy Bovet (CH) Bert van den Brink (NL) and Ansgar Wallenhorst (D). Chairman is Neil Wallace (NL).
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!