Young and talented artists will have the opportunity to compete in our seaside resort in spring: the IX edition of the “Rino Benedet” International Organ Competition, organized by the Parish of Santa Maria Assunta in Bibione in collaboration with the Diocese of Concordia-Pordenone and the Udinese Organ Academy Cultural Association, has been scheduled.

The aim of the competition is to award prizes, scholarships and the possibility of performances at important music festivals to young organists, both sexes and of any nationality who, divided into two categories, will play the organ “Francesco Zanin” (2013) at the Parish Church in via Antares 18 in Bibione from 24th to 27th May 2022. These are the categories:

  • A / born after 1st January 2002
  • B / born after 1st January 1992.

For the first category, a maximum of 15 candidates are expected, who will perform in a single test, while category B will have a maximum of 10 candidates to try their hand at an eliminatory test and a final test, which will be held in the form of a public concert:

  • Friday, 27th May at 8:30 pm with maximum 3 competitors.

On this occasion, the public present for the entire duration of the test will be able to vote and assign the Special Audience Award.

The competition jury will be chaired by Maestro Etienne Walhain, appointed organist of the Ducroquet and Merklin organ at the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Tournai (B) since 2005, assisted by Maestri Michele Bravin, Fausto Caporali, Simone Webber and Matteo Venturini. The jury secretary will be Maestro Beppino Delle Vedove.

Scholarship owners of Cat. A and the winner of the First Prize of Cat. B will be invited to give a concert on occasion of several organ seasons in 2022/23, in particular:

  • winners Cat. A: XIV “G.B. Candotti” International Friulian Organ Festival 2022-23
  • winners Cat. B:
    • 2023 Santa Maria Assunta Concert Season 2023 in Bibione
    • Orgelfreunde des Engadins (Switzerland)
    • XIV “G.B. Candotti” International Friulian Organ Festival 2022-23
    • “Altolivenza Festival Giovani” 2023.

Registrations are possible until 25th April 2022. For further information:
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