The First Feith International Organ Competition was held August 12–14 in the castle church of Blieskastel, Germany, for organists who had yet to reach their 28th birthday. Competitors performed works of Bach, Rheinberger, Schumann, and Liszt on the castle church’s 2019 Klais organ of three manuals.
The competition winner was Grant Smith, a student at Rice University, Houston, Texas, with a prize of €6,000; second prize of €3,000 was awarded to Stefano Perrotta of Italy; third prize of €1,500 was awarded to Leendert Verduijn of the Netherlands. The jury consisted of Claudia Rode (Germany, chair), Jörg Abbing (Germany), Christian von Blohn (Germany), Jean-Baptiste Monnot (France), and Isabelle Demers (United States). For information: feith-orgelwettbewerb.org.
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