On October 10, the Oude Kerk welcomes the seventh edition of the world-famous International Organ Competition Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, named after the composer Sweelinck (1562-1621) who laid the foundation for the popular public organ concerts in the Oude Kerk after the reformation. Young organists from all over Europe came to Amsterdam to learn from him. Every two years the composer, who is buried in the Oude Kerk, is honored with the organ competition dedicated to him.
The seventh edition will take place on 10, 11 and 12 October. Earlier this year, the jury (Martin Haselböck (AU), Andrea Marcon (IT) and Jonathan William Moyer (USA)) selected seven candidates from fifteen different countries: Emmanuel Arakélian (FR), Ilaria Centorrino (IT), Ji Hee Jeon (SK), Alberto Gaspardo (IT), Abraham Ross (USA), Alessandro Sala (IT) and Peter van der Zwaag (NL). The jury of the competition consists of Bernard Winsemius, chairman (Amsterdam), Alessio Corti (Milan), Kent Tritle (New York), Erwin Wiersinga (Groningen) and Wolfgang Zerer (Hamburg).
The Oude Kerk sponsors the competition by making available the space and the Vater-Müller organ. On October 10 between 6:00 pm and 10:00 pm the candidates in the Oude Kerk will play a free program that at least consists of a work by a composer from the so-called Sweelinck school. On October 11 they play in the St. Bavo church in Haarlem and on October 12 in the Nieuwe Kerk, Amsterdam.
Tickets are available at the box office for € 10.
More information can be found on the website of the Competition: organcompetitionsweelinck.nl.
Image: Jan Harmensz. Muller, Portrait of Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, 1624. Rijksmuseum collection.