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The Jury for the 29th International Organ Competitions has been announced:

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Pier Damiano Peretti, born 1974 in Italy, studied organ in his hometown Vicenza (Antonio Cozza), Hamburg  (Pieter van Dijk, Wolfgang Zerer) and Vienna (Herbert Tachezi, Michael Radulescu); as well as composition with the Petrassi pupil Wolfango Dalla Vecchia (Padua) and in Vienna. Attended the Darmstädter Ferienkurse für Neue Musik (a.o. with Wolfgang Rihm).

2002 – 2009 he taught at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hannover, in 2009 he was appointed professor for organ at the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna.

Award winner of several international organ competitions (Bologna, Pretoria, Innsbruck, Toulouse, Hamburg, 1st prize St Albans 1999). Busy concert schedule throughout Europe, Far East, Israel and Canada with repertoire from early to contemporary music.

In addition to this many radio and CD recordings (Ursina-Motette, IFO Records, Naxos, Ambiente, Tactus), article publications, masterclasses, member of the panel at international organ competitions (a.o. Nürnberg, Brixen, Weimar, Tokyo, Odensee, Dublin, Montreal).

His own compositions, from pieces for and with organ up to chamber and choir music, mainly revolve around spiritual subjects. For his compositional oeuvre he received in 2015 the “Outstanding artist award” of the Austrian government.

Pier Damiano Peretti - Italy/Austria  


Leo van Doeselaar - The Netherlands

Leo van Doeselaar  studied the organ with Albert de Klerk and piano with Jan Wijn at the Amsterdam Sweelinck Conservatory. After obtaining his solo degrees, he was awarded the Prix d'Excellence in organ.

Upon the completion of his conservatory training, he specialized in the organ repertoire of the Baroque, following several international courses; he also studied French organ repertoire in Paris under André Isoir and took fortepiano lessons with Malcolm Bilson and Jos van Immerseel.

Leo van Doeselaar appears frequently in concert throughout Europe and the United States; he has also appeared as a soloist and teacher at numerous important Early Music festivals, including those of Flanders, Utrecht, York, Saintes, Berlin, San Antonio and Moscow.

He has performed as a soloist with various orchestras and conductors including Ernest Bour, Riccardo Chailly, Jean Fournet, Ingo Metzmacher, Mariss Jansons, Frans Brüggen and David Zinman.

He has appeared as a continuo player with many baroque ensembles including those led by Philippe Herreweghe, Ton Koopman, Sigiswald Kuyken, Gustav Leonhardt and Andrew Parrott. In addition to these activities, he is a dedicated chamber music performer on both historic and modern pianos.

He also partners Wyneke Jordans in a widely acclaimed duo-piano team, using both historical and modern instruments. The duo frequently appears in concert and has also recorded a dozen CDs for the Etcetera, Challenge Classics and Globe labels.

As an organist, Mr. van Doeselaar has also made recordings on CD for various different labels, including the first complete recording of the organ works of Wilhelm Friedemann Bach and Georg Friedrich Händel. His discography further lists organ music on historic organs by Scheidemann (Echo KLASSIK 2014 and ‘Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik 2013’), Mozart, Krebs, Joh.Seb.Bach, Anth. van Noordt, Jan Pzn. Sweelinck and organ works by Franz Liszt and César Franck.

He was the organ soloist with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, conducted by Riccardo Chailly, in Paul Hindemith's Kammermusik no. 7, recorded by Decca. This recording received a Grammy Award.

In 1993, on the occasion of the dedication of the restored Concertgebouw organ, Leo van Doeselaar was the soloist with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Maestro Chailly. At the Concertgebouw he played the world premieres of Organ Concertos by Sofia Gubaidulina, Franco Donatoni, Tristan Keuris and Wolfgang Rihm.

In 1995 he was appointed professor of organ at the " Universität der Künste" in Berlin. In addition he is titular organist of the famous Schnitger-organ of the Martinikerk in Groningen as well as titular organist of the Concertgebouw. In 2007, Leo van Doeselaar received the prestigious ‘Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck’ Award for his merits for the organ culture.


Naomi Matsui - Japan

Naomi Matsui, born in Tokyo Japan, studied organ at Kunitachi College of Music (Japan) and at Hochschule für Musik Freiburg (Germany).

During her stay in Germany, Naomi Matsui won 1st prize at “the 21st International Music Competitions of Budapest” and other competitions.

After graduating Hochschule für Musik Freiburg with “Auszeichnung” organ soloist diploma, she started her career as a concert Organist, and ever since actively working in Japan as well as in many countries in Europe and Asia by giving concerts and CD recording.

In 2001 she got fellowship to study in the Netherlands under the Japanese Government Overseas Study Program for promising artists.

She is a musical advisor to several major concert halls in Japan including Tokorozawa Cultural Center and Muza Kawasaki Symphony Hall, where she is responsible for the organ concerts planning as well as educational activities in order to introduce the organ to a wider public. For her achievements, she was awarded a Kanichi Shimofusa-Prize in 2014.

She is teaching as a professor of faculty of music of Seitoku University (Chiba, Japan).

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William Porter:  USA

Widely known as a performer in the United States and in Europe, William Porter has also achieved international recognition for his skill in improvisation in a wide variety of styles, ancient and modern.  He has performed at major international festivals and academies, including the North German Organ Academy, the Italian Academy of Music for the Organ, the Smarano Organ and Clavichord Academy, Organfestival Holland, the Göteborg International Organ Academy, the Dollart Festival, the Lausanne Improvisation Festival, the Festival Toulouse les Orgues, the Boston Early Music Festival, the Oregon Bach Festival, the McGill International Organ Academy, Eastman’s Improvfest, and the National Convention of the American Guild of Organists.

Recently retired as Professor of Organ, Harpsichord, and Improvisation (2002-2013) at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, he has also been a member of the music faculty at McGill University in Montreal, where he lived from 2004 until fall 2015.  From 1985 to 2002 he taught organ, music history, and theory at the New England Conservatory in Boston, and from 2001 until 2005 he taught improvisation at Yale University.  He holds degrees from Oberlin College, where he also taught organ and harpsichord from 1974 to 1986, and from Yale University, where he was director of music at Yale Divinity School from 1971 to 1973.

He has recorded on historic instruments, old and new, for the Gasparo, Proprius, BMG, and Loft labels.  He currently serves as organ consultant for the ConstellationCenter, a new performing arts center to be built in the Boston area, which will house several organs in different styles.  Now residing in Rochester, New York, he has returned to the Eastman School of Music as part-time Professor of Organ and Coordinator of Sacred Music Diploma Internships.

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