Next Haarlem Organ Festival
17-24 July 2021
The Haarlem Organ Festival will continue in 2021!
We are very happy to announce that, despite the dilemma of organizing an event in very uncertain times, the Organ Festival will take place in 2021!
The festival will be slimmed down to the duration of one week: 17 - 24 July 2021. The Improvisation Competition and the Summer Academy will also continue as corona-proof events. An international team of top organists, consisting of Ben van Oosten (The Hague, NL), Thomas Lacôte (Paris, F), Bernard Foccroule (Brussels, B), Menno van Delft (Amsterdam, NL), Jeremy Joseph (Vienna, A) and Hayo Boerema (Rotterdam, NL), guarantees masterclasses at the highest level on subjects such as Bach, Improvisation for beginners and advanced, Widor, Vierne, Messiaen and Sweelinck. Click here for the course overview.
Due to security restrictions, the Summer Academy program has been partly adjusted and some courses, especially those scheduled in the second Festival week, will be postponed until 2022. This may have consequences for students who have registered for the Summer Academy. Click here for more information and the different options you can choose from.
Please note that some students will reconsider enrollment, which will free up places in currently fully booked courses. So check this website regularly! Registration will be reopened in mid-January to fill the available course places. This will be announced in a Newsletter.
We look forward to meeting you in July 2021 in Haarlem!
What is the Haarlem International Summer Academy for Organists?
The Haarlem International Summer Academy for Organists was founded in 1955 and is therefore the oldest of its kind in the world! During the last 70 years the Academy grew from 4 teachers and 10 students to the largest Summerschool in the world. Now around 100-120 students from all over the world – even from China, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, South Corea, South Africa, United States of America, Chili, Syria... – travel to Haarlem each two years to attend masterclasses and study with the most distinguished organists of this time.
A very successful Young Talent Class has been part of the Academy since 2010, an unforgettable experience for the selected participants that for some was the beginning of a professional music education and even a starting career as a concert organist. From 2022, an Excellence Class will be launched for the most talented organists, selected by professors of former Summer Academies.
The focal point of the Summer Academy is undoubtedly the world-famous Christian Müller organ (1738) in St. Bavo's Church.
21, 23 and 24 July 2021
The 2021 Improvisation Competition
In 2020, three participants are selected for the Haarlem International Organ Improvisation Competition 2021: Sebastian Benetello (D), Marcel Eliasch (D) and Cyril Julien (CH).
The second preliminary round for the Improvisation Competition 2021 is opened. In total 8 organists will participate in the Competition. Please click here for the thematic material to improvise on. The deadline for sending the recording is Wednesday March 10, 2021. Click here for more information.