International Organ Competition
The first edition of the International Organ Competition took place at the Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic in 2017, having as its goal promoting organ music and young organ virtuosos. The eleven participants who qualified came from Poland, Czech Republic, Lithuania and Russia, and they performed famous organ pieces and transcriptions. The Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic owns one of the largest and most interesting organ instruments in Poland, with 61 voices and over 4 thousand pipes. The public could hear it, for instance, during “The Phantom of the Opera” productions, when the famous title piece was played live. The instrument was designed by Prof. Andrzej Chorosiński, one of the jurors of our competition. The remaining jury members were Prof. Bernhard Gfrerer from Salzburg, Prof. Leopoldas Digrys from Vilnius, Prof. Roman Perucki from Gdańsk, Prof. Daniel Zaretsky from St. Petersburg, and Prof. Jan Bokszczanin from Białystok. The unanimous winner of the first edition was Mateusz Rzewuski of Poland, with the joint third place (the second was not awarded) going to Karolina Juodelytė of Lithuania and Lyubov Nosova of Russia. The next edition of the competition is starting in 2020.
AWARDS NOT LISTED IN THE REGULATIONS OF THE COMPETITION
1. Award of the Rector of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music
an invitation for the winner of the 1st prize to perform an organ recital in the artistic season of 2020—2021.
2. An invitation for the winner of the 1st prize to perform an organ recital at the Festival “Internationale Salzburger Orgelkonzerte” in August 2021 in Salzburg.
3. An invitation for the winner of the 1st prize to perform an organ recital at the 28th International Johannes Brahms Organ and Chamber Music Festival in Wrocław in the year 2021.