Application Improvisation Competition
Application for the 52nd International Organ Improvisation Competition is closed by March 1st 2018.
For the preselection round of the Haarlem Improvisation Competition, the organization received a record number of 26 entries from countries such as the United States of America, Canada, Italy, Romania, Germany, France, Switzerland, Hungary, Belgium, Japan and The Netherlands. The assignment was to make a recording of five short improvisations based on thematic material composed by the French composer and organist Thomas Lacôte (Paris). In total, almost 9 hours of music were submitted, to be judged anonymously by the preselection jury consisting of the Dutch improvisers Jan Hage, Berry van Berkum, and Gerben Mourik.
The following seven participants were selected:
Gabriele Agrimonti (Italy)
Alexandru Catau (Romania)
Lukas Grimm (Germany)
Christian Gross (Germany)
Cyril Julien (Switzerland)
Gregor Simon (Germany)
Geerten van de Wetering (The Netherlands)
The eighth participant is the winner of the National Improvisation Contest which takes place on 22 June 2018 during the Bachfestival Dordrecht.
The first and second rounds take place respectively on 16 July (St Bavo’s church, organ by Christiaan Müller, 1738) and 18 July (Philharmonie concert hall, organ by Aristide Cavaillé-Coll, 1875). The final round is on 20 July in St Bavo’s church.
The jury consists of Franz Danksagmüller (D), Vincent Thévenaz (CH), Guus Janssen (NL), Bernhard Haas (D) and Jacob Lekkerkerker (NL).
The winner of the competition will receive a prize of 7,500 euro and will be invited for several recitals in The Netherlands and other European countries. The winner of the audience prize will receive 750 euro.