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30.04.2017 The results of the competition’s European round 2017

The 10th Mikael Tariverdiev International Organ Competition started in Hamburg on 26th April 2017.

Contestant auditions were held at St Michael’s Church throughout 26th and 27th April. This year, 26 people had applied for the competition, and 19 had been entered. They represent the organ schools of Germany, Russia, Italy, Austria, Korea, Lithuania, Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, and even Australia and China.

The judges of the Hamburg round were representatives of Russia, Germany, and France: Christoph Schoener, head organist at St. Michael’s Church in Hamburg; Thomas Dahl, head organist at St Peter’s Church in Hamburg; Christophe Mantoux, professor at the Conservatoire de Paris and head organist at St Severin’s Church in Paris; Daniel Zaretsky, professor at the St Petersburg Conservatory.

The results of the competition’s European round were announced at St Michael’s church on 28th April. Participants who qualified for the second round included organists from Russia, the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Germany, and Korea.

  • Mansur Yusupov (Russia)
  • Sora Yu (Korea)
  • Seeun Oh (Korea)
  • Krzysztof Musial (Poland)
  • Hyoju Ahn (Korea)
  • Vladimir Korolevsky (Russia)
  • Anna Alexeeva (Russia)
  • Zita Nauratyill / (Hungary)
  • Raphael A. Vogl (Germany)
  • Michael Bártek (Czech Republic)
  • Elisabeth Ruleva (Russia)

As has become a tradition, the competition is accompanied by the Organ+ festival. As part of it, a closing concert titled The Infant Jesus Had a Garden was held on 28th April, with the participation of Vienna Opera soloist Termine Zaryan, Hamburg-based baritone Anatoly Safiulin, Hamburg Opera soloist Dovlet Nurgeldiev, Mädchenchor Hamburg choirmaster Gesa Werhahn, Mikael Tariverdiev Competition winners Moritz Schott (Germany), Antonio di Dedda (Italy), Lada Labzina (Russia), the legendary violinist Mark Lubotsky, the violinist Olga Dovbush-Lubotsky, and the German actor Paul Sonderegger. The concert was dedicated to the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Ein Garten war mit Rosen viel: a Russian tribute to the German Reformation. Specially for the concert, the famous composer, conductor, pianist, and music personality Mikhail Arkadiev had composed a piece titled Passacaglia, dedicated to Mark Lubotsky and Alfred Schnittke.

For many years, the competition has enjoyed the support of the Hamburg Senate. And on 26th April at the Hamburg City Hall, Alexandr Yaroshuk, Mayor of Kaliningrad, and Olaf Scholz, First Mayor of Hamburg, signed a Memorandum of Cooperation between Kaliningrad and Hamburg.

"The Hamburg round of our competition attracted a record number of participants this year," says Vera Tariverdieva, artistic director of the Mikael Tariverdiev International Organ Competition. "It’s the most popular of the three first rounds, also held in Lawrence (Kansas, USA) and Moscow." Christophe Mantoux, chairman of the Hamburg panel of judges, also noted the extraordinarily high level of all participants in the Hamburg leg of the contest’s first round.

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