10.04.2019 European leg of the competition
The auditions for the European leg of the competition will be held at Hamburg’s St. Michael’s Church on 15th, 16th, and 17th May (admission is free). The panel will include the renowned musicians Wolfgang Zerer, Thomas Dahl, Christoph Schoener (Germany), Daniel Zaretsky (Russia), and Ben van Oosten (the Netherlands).
On the evening of 17th May, the results will be announced and a closing concert will be held, with participation from prior competition winners Jean-Baptiste Dupont, Baptiste-Florian Marle-Ouvrard (France), and Lada Labzina (Russia). The programme, titled 300 Years of Organ Music on Three Organs, will include works by Russian, German, and French composers of the 18th, 19th, 20th, and 21st century. The concert will conclude with a joint fantasia improvisation by three organists on three organs.
For many years, the competition has been held with support from the Hamburg Senate. On May 15 at the Hamburg City Hall, the Mayor of Kaliningrad, Anton Silanov, and the First Mayor of Hamburg, Peter Tschentscher, are to sign a Memorandum on Cooperation between Kaliningrad and Hamburg. The signing of the Memorandum is a customary event at the competition that has existed throughout the competition’s presence in Hamburg.
The 11th Mikael Tariverdiev International Organ Competition is part of the Russian Seasons in Germany festival as well as Hamburg’s Year of the Organ, a series of events dedicated to the 300th anniversary of the famed organ builder Arp Schnitger.