International Organ Competition
The 1st International Organ Competition took place at the Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic in 2017, promoting organ music and young organ virtuosos. The eleven participants who qualified came from Poland, Czech Republic, Lithuania and Russia, and performed famous organ pieces and transcriptions. According to Prof. Jan Bokszczanin from the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music, renowned organist and competition juror, 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, who also sits on the jury of our competition. The remaining jury members were Prof. Bernhard Gfrerer from Salzburg, Prof. Leopoldas Digrys from Vilnius, Prof. Roman Perucki from Gdańsk and Prof. Daniel Zaretsky from St. Petersburg. The unanimous winner of the 1st 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 scheduled for 2021.