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The Countess of Verulam presents Thomas Gaynor with First Prize for the Interpretation Competition

Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

Thomas Gaynor wins St Albans Interpretation Competition

11:39, 2nd August 2017

The 29th St Albans International Organ Competition concluded at London’s St John’s Smith Square on 22 July, following nearly two weeks of competition and festival events in St Albans and London.

Thomas Gaynor received both the audience prize and first prize for the Interpretation Competition. A student of David Higgs at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, Gaynor recently graduated with a Master of Music degree and the Performer’s Certificate. He is currently undertaking doctoral studies, as well as preparing for the Artist’s Certificate.

Born in New Zealand, Gaynor was Richard Prothero organ scholar at Wellington Cathedral of St Paul for a number of years before being granted the title of honorary sub-organist.

Second prize for Interpretation and the Peter Hurford Bach Prize were both awarded to Ágoston Tóka (Hungary).

The Philip Moore Prize, for the best performance of the commissioned new work, was presented to Lotta-Sophie Harder (Germany), and Sora Yu (South Korea) received the Douglas May Award.

The top Tournemire Prize for Improvisation was not awarded, but special prizes in the Improvisation Competition were presented to Christian Groß (Germany) and Shihono Higa (Japan).

This year’s jury, which included several winners from previous generations, comprised Sophie-Véronique Cauchefer-Choplin, Leo van Doeselaar, László Fassang, David Goode, Naomi Matsui, Pier Damiano Peretti and William Porter.

www.organfestival.com/St_Albans_International_Organ_Festival

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