04.05.2017 The results of the competition’s North American Round 2017
On 1st May, the first round of the The 10th Mikael Tariverdiev International Organ Competition started in Lawrence, Kansas. This was the fourth time that The University of Kansas School of Music has hosted the North American Round of the Tariverdiev International Organ Competition.
The competition rounds were free and open to the public and hold in Bales Organ Recital Hall from 1st till 3rd May.
11 people had applied for the competition and 9 organists took part in the Competition this year. Additionally, special guest artist Alina Nikitina, winner of the VIII Tariverdiev International Organ Competition (1st prize) and winner of the XX Leipzig International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition (3rd prize), had the solo recital at the Bales Organ Recital Hall of the University of Kansas.
Judges for the KU Competition include KU organ faculty members Michael Bauer and James Higdon; Wichita State University professor Lynn Davis; and Edoardo Belotti, professor of organ at University of Rochester. Three master – classes, which represent different organ schools were given during the competition: Italian music by professor Edoardo Belotti, French music by professor Lynn Davis, and Russian organ by Alina Nikitina.
The results of the competition’s North American Round were announced on May, 3rd. Participants who qualified for the second round:
- Tyler Boehmer (Canada)
- Jacob Hofeling (USA)
- Andrew Morris (USA)
- Shayla Van Hal (USA)
The winner of the Competition will present a recital at the Bales Organ Recital Hall of the University of Kansas. All who qualify for the second round will continue to compete in Kaliningrad, where one of them will take home the main prize, an amber angel that is the competition’s emblem.