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The Jury for the 30th International Organ Competitions has been announced:

Competition Jury 2019

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Ken Cowan USA performs regularly at major concert venues in America, Canada, Europe and Asia, has been a featured artist

at national conventions of the American Guild of Organists, and has recorded numerous acclaimed discs. He is head of organ at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University.

Ken Cowan - USA

Maurizio Croci Italy is an international concert organist, Professor at the Haute Ecole de Musique de Lausanne and Scuola Civica in Milan and Artistic Director of the Festival International d’Orgue de Fribourg. His early music ensemble Il Pegaso has been internationally acclaimed. He has advised on restorations of historic organs and on building of new instruments.

Maurizio Croci - Italy

Franz Danksagmüller Austria/Germany composes innovative works for live performers and electronics. He performs in ensembles which merge composition with improvisation, and with internationally acclaimed orchestras. He is Professor of Organ and Improvisation at the University of Music in Lübeck and Visiting Professor at London’s Royal Academy of Music.

Franz Danksagmüller - Austria/Germany

Hans-Ola Ericsson Sweden/Canada studied organ and composition, with Klaus Huber, Brian Ferneyhough and Luigi Nono amongst others. He holds positions at the Hochschule für Künste in Bremen and Montreal’s McGill University. His recordings focus mainly on 20th-century music, but also include several discs of JS Bach. He is also involved in organ restoration and building.

Hans-Ola Ericsson Sweden/Canada

Christophe Mantoux France is Professor of Organ at the Pôle supérieur and the Conservatoire régional of Paris and titular organist of Saint-Séverin Church in Paris. He studied organ and improvisation with Gaston Litaize and harmony and counterpoint at the National Superior Conservatoire of Paris. In 1984 he won Chartres International Organ Competition.

Christophe Mantoux France

Dong-ill Shin South Korea won the Grand Prix at Chartres in 2006, and has established a world-wide career as a concert organist and  

is one of South Korea’s leading musicians. He studied at Yonsei University and in France with Olivier Latry, Michel Bouvard and

Marie-Claire Alain. Following appointments in the USA, he returned to Seoul as Professor of Organ at Yonsei University.

Dong-ill Shin South Korea

Thomas Trotter UK is Birmingham City Organist and Organist at St Margaret’s Church, Westminster Abbey. He has won prestigious awards, has toured widely, and has played at many International Festivals. He regularly inaugurates new instruments, and has recorded extensively. Thomas won the Interpretation Competition in 1979, has been a jury member several times since, and is now a Vice-President of the Festival.

Thomas Trotter - UK