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St Albans winners

9:45, 17th February 2013

The competitions at St Albans International Organ Festival
finished with a flourish on Friday, with two competitors in the morning’s
Improvisation final, and four in the Interpretation final in the evening.

Coming from Germany and France respectively, Lukas Grimm and
David Cassan both gave convincing performances of Tournemire’s Improvisation
sur le Te Deum
(as transcribed by Duruflé) before improvising three movements
in symphonic style on the plainchant Ave Maris Stella and two themes by Piet
Kee. David Cassan took the Tournemire Prize with his impressively integrated
performance.

The four Interpretation finalists – Johannes Zeinler
(Austria), Michal Kocot (Poland), Zita Nauratyill (Hungary) and Davide Mariano
(Italy) – each peformed a Handel organ concerto with the Orchester Wiener
Akademie, directed by founder-director (and jury member) Martin Haselböck,
before completing their programmes with a free choice of works by J.S. Bach and
other composers. Each performer shone in different ways, but the overall winner
and gold medallist was Johannes Zeinler, with Davide Mariano taking the second
prize (sponsored by Choir & Organ‘s parent company, Rhinegold Publishing).

The winners of the other awards were:

  • Peter Hurford Bach Prize: Davide Mariano
  • Audience Prize: Zita Nauratyill
  • Paul Patterson Prize for the best performance of the
    commissioned work, Paul Patterson’s Volcano: Zita Nauratyill
  • Douglas May Award: Thomas Gaynor, from New Zealand
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