Newslettter april 2015

Orgel Festival Holland

April 2015

International Schnitger Organ Competition
made public!

The participants of the International Schnitger Organ Competition 2015 have been announced. The pre-selection jury, composed of Theo Jellema (Leeuwarden), Pieter van Dijk and Frank van Wijk, have made a selection from a substantial number of organists that applied, from home and abroad. The selected musicians form a group of competitors of great variety and highstanding quality, promising an exciting and fascinating contest. We are pleased to introduce them to you:



IJsbrand ter Haar - the Netherlands
Heejin Kim - South Korea
Jochem Schuurman - the Netherlands
Diederik Blankesteijn - the Netherlands
Giovanna Riboli - Italy
Hugo Bakker - the Netherlands
Tomoko Kitamura - Japan
Nicolas De Troyer - Belgium
Manuel Schuen - Austria
Megumi Hamaya - Japan
Maarten Havinga - the Netherlands
Adriaan Hoek - the Netherlands

Introduction weekend

The competition is without doubt a challenge for the participants.They have to be able to convince jury and audience on three very special and world-famous organs, instruments that each require a unique approach. Orgel Festival Holland therefore invited the participants to come to an introduction weekend and get to know the organs and the city of Alkmaar. This in order to make them well-prepared for the competition in June. Ten of the twelve contestants accepted the invitation and received a warm welcome from Adri Steenhoek (chairman OFH), Pieter van Dijk and Frank van Wijk (artistic committee). After an introduction there was opportunity to play and hear the instruments.

Apply for the 13th International Organ Academy in Alkmaar

We have made a videoclip to illustrate content and objective of the academy. The clip can be viewed here:
Application for the academy is possible until the 31st of May, all information available on:

Alk GK HSO K Jan Zwart P3260033 800 

Festive inauguration
Van Hagerbeer/Schnitger-organ Grote Sint Laurenskerk

Saturday April 11th the re-inauguration of the Van Hagerbeer/Schnitger-organ took place in the Grote Sint Laurenskerk. Since August 2014 Flentrop Orgelbouw in Zaandam has worked hard on the restoration of the pipework that was affected by lead-corrosion. Lately all 4000 pipes have returned to their place in the instrument and have been voiced and tuned. In a varied programma, on the theme: “Music for the King of Instruments” Pieter van Dijk and Frank van Wijk played pieces from the French Baroque (Guilain and Marchand), North-German Baroque (Buxtehude and Bruhns) and, naturally, music by Johann Sebastian Bach. If you weren’t there: there soon will be an impression of this festive occasion.

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