The final round of the Canadian International Organ Competition took place October 19 at the Basilica of Notre Dame, Montréal, Québec, Canada.
Alcee Chriss, III (United States), a member of The Diapason’s 20 Under 30 Class of 2016, was awarded First Prize ($25,000). Chriss was also awarded the Gérard-Coulombe Bach Prize ($5,000) and the Spinelli Prize ($5,000).
Oliver Brett (United Kingdom) was awarded second prize ($15,000) and the Royal Canadian College of Organists prize ($5,000).
Third prize ($10,000) was awarded to Nicholas Capozzoli (United States), a member of The Diapason’s 20 Under 30 Class of 2015.
The Richard-Bradshaw Audience Prize ($5,000) was awarded to Yuan Shen (China).
The jury for the competition was John Grew (Canada), David Briggs (UK), Bine Bryndorf (Denmark), Neil Cockburn (Canada), Lynn Davis (United States), Jean-Baptiste Robin (France), Silvius von Kessel (Germany), Réjean Poirier (Canada), and Carole Terry (United States). For information: www.ciocm.org.
Canadian International Organ Competition candidates and jury (photo credit: John Zimmerman)