General Intro

SPONSOR
SHANGHAI CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC
SHANGHAI ORIENTAL ART CENTER

UNDERTAKING
ORGAN ART CENTER AT SHANGHAI CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC

The First Shanghai Conservatory of Music International Organ Competition is hosted jointly by Shanghai Conservatory of Music and Shanghai Oriental Art Center, with purposes of encouraging and recognizing talented young organists around the world, enhancing public awareness and interest for pipe organs and organ music, and promoting international collaborations among various organizations in the organ field. This Competition will be charged and managed by the competition committee (“Committee”).

Festival Calendar

Concerts


  • 13th Sep

    19:30
    Festival Opening Ceremony Concert
    “The Tribute To Organ" (II)


  • 14th Sep

    19:30
    Jury Concert


  • 15th Sep

    19:30
    Winners Concert


  • 16th Sep

    10:00
    "Organ Voice" Concert


  • 17th Sep

    19:30
    Paul Jacobs Recital and Festival Closing Ceremony



Master Classes


  • 12th Sep

    10:00-11:30
    John Walker
    Light and Shadow-Organ Music in 20th Century

    13:00-14:30
    Aude Heurtematte
    Baroque Series I: French style

    15:00-16:30
    Paul Jacobs
    Musical Language of Messiaen


  • 13th Sep

    13:00-14:30
    Ladd Thomas
    Organ Music in the Church I

    15:00-16:30
    Ladd Thomas
    Hymn Performance


  • 14th Sep

    9:00-10:30
    Ladd Thomas
    Organ Music in the Church II


  • 15th Sep

    9:00-10:30
    Ladd Thomas
    German Romantic - from Mendelssohn to Reger


  • 16th Sep

    11:00-12:30
    Ladd Thomas
    Development of French Romanticism

    13:00-14:30
    Thierry Mechler
    Baroque Series II:Improvisation on the Themes of Bach

    15:30-17:00
    Cherry Rhodes
    The Organ Symphony


  • 17th Sep

    10:00-11:30
    Jos van der Kooy
    Art of Improvisation

    13:00-14:30
    Jürgen Kursawa
    Baroque Series III:Spirit of Germany Music

    15:00-16:30
    David Hamilton
    The Harmony of Keyboard



Competition


14th Sep

10:45-16:00
First Shanghai Conservatory of Music International Organ Competition 2017
Final First Round


15th Sep

10:45-16:00
First Shanghai Conservatory of Music International Organ Competition 2017
Final Second Round


Prizes

1

1st
PLACE
6,000 USD

2

2nd
PLACE
4,000 USD

3

3rd
PLACE
3,000 USD

4

4th
PLACE
1,000 USD

5

5th
PLACE
1,000 USD

6

6th
PLACE
1,000 USD


* The amount of the prize is pre-tax amount. The committee will withhold any tax that the committee is required with respect to such prize, such as value added tax. The participant shall be responsible for all tax consequence associated with the prize, including income tax. *

Competition Rules

1. Eligibility

Participants are limited to individuals who were born between September 14, 1982 and September 14, 1999 (18 to 35 years old). The competition will consist of one preliminary round and two final rounds.

2. Important dates

The deadline for submitting all preliminary round application materials is May 19, 2017 (the application shall be deemed submitted until the Committee receives all the required application materials); the two final rounds of the competition will be open to the public at Shanghai Oriental Art Center on September 14-15, 2017.

3. Performance Rights

Participants acknowledge and agree that this competition may be recorded, broadcast on international radio and television, or retransmitted over the Internet by the Committee without any financial compensation to the participants. Participants are therefore expected to relinquish all broadcast and recording rights of all kinds, as well as the ensuing rights, for an indefinite period. The Committee may photograph, record and film the competitors for advertising and promotional purposes. By signing the application form, the participants agree to release their rights to future use of all photographs, recording (including the preliminary round recording) and filming of their performances.

4. Organ Specifications and Practice Time

Adequate memory levels and at least 6 hours of practice time will be given to the six finalist prior to the competition.

The organ for the final competition at Shanghai Oriental Art Center was completed by Rieger in 2005. The 88-rank 5-manual instrument with sequencer is one of the biggest organs in China. Please find the stop list and more information at: www.rieger-orgelbau.com

5. Memorization and Page Turner

Memorization is not required and will not influence the decision of the judges. A page turner will be provided for the live competition performance, if required.

Competitors may use music scores during the performance. The use of photocopies of scores in public domain (copyright before 1923) is acceptable. The use of photocopied or other illegally reproduced copyrighted scores without the written permission of the copyright holder is prohibited and will disqualify a competitor from participation in the competition. Exceptions to this rule apply only to reductions for performance and to pages duplicated for the purpose of facilitating page turns.

Jury information

AN AUDITION JURY CONSISTING OF NINE INTERNATIONALLY-KNOWN ORGANISTS WHO ARE FROM CHINA EUROPE AND NORTH AMERICAN WILL ADJUDICATE THE TWO FINAL ROUNDS OF THE COMPETITION.


SIX (6) PARTICIPANTS WILL BE SELECTED FOR THE TWO FINAL ROUNDS IN SHANGHAI. ALL FINALISTS WILL PERFORM FOR BOTH TWO LIVE ROUNDS AT SHANGHAI ORIENTAL ART CENTER.


President of the Jury

Paul Jacobs
PROFESSOR


President of the Jury, Chairman of Organ Department at The Juilliard School.

President of the Jury

HE Xuntian
PROFESSOR


Distinguished composer, Creator of a new musical language, professor at Shanghai Conservatory of Music.

John Walker
PROFESSOR


President of American Guide of Organists, Professor at Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University.

Jürgen Kursawa
PROFESSOR


Dean of Music Departement II at Robert Schumann University Düsseldorf, Director of the Intitute of Church Music.

Cherry Rhodes
PROFESSOR


Professor of Organ Department at University of Southern California Thornton School of Music.

David Hamilton
PROFESSOR


Professor at Music School of Douglas Academy and Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Guest Professor at Shanghai Conservatory of Music.

Thierry Mechler
PROFESSOR


Professor at University (Musikhochschule) in Cologne, Organist of the Philharmonie of Cologne, Germany.

Aude Heurtematte
PROFESSOR


Professor at Conservatory in Strasbourg, Organist of l'orgue historique de l'église Saint-Gervais à Paris.

Repertoire

PRELIMINARY ROUND

1) J. S. Bach (1685-1750)
Two contrasting movements from a Trio Sonata,
BWV 525-530

2) Charles-Marie Widor (1844-1937)
The first movement of Symphony for Organ No. 5, Op. 42, No.1
OR
The first movement of Symphony for Organ No. 6, Op. 42, No.2


The First Live Round.

Time limit for the first final round is 40 minutes including breaks between pieces.

1)A major work of J.S. Bach.
i.e. Prelude/Fantasy/Toccata and Fugue, OR multi-movement Concerto.

2)A Choral by César Franck.
(E Major, B Minor or A Minor)

3)A freely-selected work (or movement) composed in the 20th or 21st Century.


The Second Live Round

Time limit for the second final round is 45 minutes including breaks between pieces.

1)A major work of J.S. Bach
(should be a different Bach work than the piece chosen for the First Live Round)

2)A freely-selected work (or movement) composed in the 19th Century.

3)A freely-selected work (or movement) composed after 1930.

4)An additional work/movement of the competitor's choosing, of any style or period.