Haarlem Organ Festival 

16-30 July 2022

Organ Festival in 2022

After the thrilling Festival edition in 2021, we are now preparing the 2022 edition. It will be a two-week event again! Corona will - again - not silence this vital 71-year-old.
From 16 to 30 July 2022, the Haarlem International Organ Festival will make its mark. After a year of forced silence and a slimmed-down program in 2021, in the Summer of 2022 the organs ánd carillons of Haarlem are in the spotlight during concerts, carillon performances and excursions, as well as the renowned International Improvisation Competition and the legendary Haarlem Summer Academy. Enjoy Haarlem, enjoy the Haarlem organ splendor and be surprised by old and new organ sounds, improvisations and exciting artistic combinations in which boundaries disappear.

The Registration Form for the Summer Academy 2022 is online: Click here!

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. A Young Composers Class, in 2022 combined with a Composers Competion, will guarantee new compositions for the organ. They will be premiered on Monday July 25 in St Bavo's Church. 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. 

Improvisation Competition

20, 22 and 23 July 2022

The 2022 Improvisation Competition

The 54th Haarlem International Improvisation Competition will take place on Wednesday 20, Friday 22 and Saturday 23 July, 2022 and will be held on several organs in Haarlem. The material for the assignments will be created by several artists, and will not be only musical! As in 2016, 2018 and 2021, new elements and experimental techniques of improvising on and with the organ will be introduced, next to traditional improvising styles.

Click here for the thematic material for the Preliminary Round 2022.

Ansgar Wallenhorst, member of the Festival's Artistic Council, chose themes by Xavier Darasse and Louis Robilliard and a gregorian chant, and he composed a rhythm. The fifth 'theme' is a registration: 'Montre le Montre!'. The assignment is to record 5 short improvisations, based on this thematic material. Maximum duration is 20 minutes.

Those who want to participate can send the recording to the organization until March 1, 2022. Please use WeTransfer or a similar transmission website, using the email address office@organfestival.nl to announce the recording. The improvisations will be judged anonimously by a jury. In total 8 organists will participate in the Competition. They will be announced before April 1, 2022.

Competition Bach Festival Dordrecht

Dutch organists can also be admitted to the Haarlem Improvisation Competition by winning the Organ Competition during the Bach Festival Dordrecht. Click here for more information.

Next Haarlem International Organ Festivals:


Sat 13 July - Sat 27 July 2024

Sat 18 July - Sat 1 August 2026

Festival 2021: a huge success!


The Haarlem Organ Festival celebrated its 70th anniversary with a week-long festival. Beautiful, intimate and overwhelming experiences were on the menu with the spectacular Haarlem organs and the Bavo carillon in the leading role.


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Gabriele Agrimonti winner 53rd International Organ Improvisation Competition


The jury of the International Organ Festival Haarlem has unanimously declared the Italian Gabriele Agrimonti (1995) the winner of the 53rd International Organ Improvisation Competition Haarlem. The Flentrop Audience Award went to Cyril Julien from Switzerland.


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Impressive opening concert


With an impressive opening concert for an almost 'full house' due to corona, the Organ Festival got off to a successful start last night.


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Henny Hogenbijl Music Prize 2021 for Peter Ouwerkerk


The Henny Hogenbijl Music Prize 2021 will be awarded this year to musician and organizer Peter Ouwerkerk. The prize, consisting of a statuette and a cash prize of € 15,000, is awarded annually to a person or organization that, often behind the scenes, has made a merit in the field of classical music. The award ceremony will take place on Thursday 22 July prior to the 'Dreaming like Messiaen' performance.


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