Organ Festival Holland 2019
once again a vibrant scene for young international talent
From 21 to 28 June 2019 the Organ Festival Holland will make the centre of Alkmaar the international podium for young talented organists. During the competition the three famous historical organs of the Grote Kerk and the Kapelkerk form the battleground where ten selected contestants will fight it out for the prizes.
The young Franz Casper Schnitger, who surpasses his father and teacher Arp Schnitger as an organbuilder with his Alkmaar instrument, is the subject of the Frans caspar Schnitger symposium: 'The better Schnitger?'. The Academy masterclasses are a great opportunity to meet the famous members of the jury. And during the festival Alkmaar schoolchildren will again have a chance to show their ambitions on the DOE-organ.
At the opening concert of the festival the spotlight is on the young singers of the St Salvator’s Chapel Choir of the Scottish University of St Andrews, conducted by Claire Innes-Hopkins. Another highlight during the festival will be the double recital by Hannes Minnaar, piano, and Wolfgang Zerer, organ, playing music by Bach. The sizzling final of the competition will be the prelude to promising young careers.
Stay tuned, there is more to come.
Hannes Minnaar, Wolfgang Zerer, Martin Böcker, Krzysztof Urbaniak, Bas de Vroome, Claire Innes-Hopkins, Bernard Foccroulle, Cees van der Poel, Gerben Gritter, Pieter van Dijk, Frank van Wijk, Tjeerd van der Ploeg