BORDERS GUILD OF ORGANISTS AND CHURCH MUSICIANS - Saturday 16 June 2018, 2.00 pm
Summer Outing to Ayton Church
INTERNATIONAL ORGAN COMPETITION
ANDRE MARCHAL - GASTON LITAIZE
24 – 27 OCTOBER 2017
Organized jointly by the Académie André Marchal and the Association Gaston Litaize, this competition took place from 24th to 27th October in the Ile de France and in Paris.
Several brilliant young organists from outside France won prizes: in Improvisation, Gabriele Agrimonti, from Italy, (Grand Prix Marchal-Litaize) and Geerten Liefting from the Netherlands, (“Mention Spéciale”/Distinction). In Interpretation: Hina Ikawa and Mayu Harada, both from Japan, received respectively the Giuseppe Englert Memorial Prize for the best performance of a work composed after the year 2000, and a “Mention Spéciale”
The French candidates also distinguished themselves, in particular Lucile Dollat (Grand Prix Interpretation and Audience Prize), Thomas Kientz (Second Prize Interpretation) and Raphaël Oliver (Special Prizes for the interpretation of Bach and French music and the Gaston Litaize Prize: recording of a CD).
The five members of the jury, presided by Louis Robilliard, were Elzbieta Karolak (Poland), Shin Young Lee (South Korea), Liesbeth Schlumberger (France) and Pascal Marsault (France).
The three Interpretation rounds took place successively on the organs of Notre-Dame Cathedral, Créteil, - built by Schwenkedel and enlarged by Bernard Dargassies, formerly belonging to the Association Valentin Haüy for the Blind, Paris; the church of Saint Louis de Vincennes - a new instrument in the neo-classical style, recently finished by Denis Lacorre; and Saint Eustache, Paris – Van den Heuvel, 5 manuals and 101 stops. For the semi-finals, the candidates in Improvisation used the organ of Notre-Dame-du-Rosaire at Saint-Maur-des-Fossés, - formerly a house organ in the Orgelbewegung style – and the Finals took place in Saint Eustache.
The excellent standard of the 26 applicants from 12 countries who entered the competition, (including five in Improvisation) brought great satisfaction to the organizers, who wish also to underline the warmth and efficiency of the welcome experienced in each of the chosen churches.
We wish to thank all those who gave us their help and support during the last year, and express the hope that this competition may take its rightful place in the calendar of our great national musical manifestations. But first and foremost we hope to find the financial support which will permit the two associations in 2019 to organize this event, which above all, aims to encourage young talent and expand the European heritage of the organ.