21th International Organ Competition for the Wiesbaden Bach-Prize

January 2018

Internationaler Orgel-Wettbewerb um den Bachpreis der Landeshauptstadt Wiesbaden Deutsche Version       


The International Organ Competition for the Wiesbaden Bach-Prize is held since 1977 every other year in connection with the Wiesbaden Bach Festival (Wiesbadener Bachwochen) in Wiesbaden/Germany and is awarded with EUR 4000, 2500, and 1500.


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20th International Organ Competition for the Wiesbaden Bach-Prize 2016

Prix Bach d'orgue de Wiesbaden

Lutherkirche Wiesbaden, January 14th-16th 2016

Internationaler Orgel-Wettbewerb um den Bachpreis der Landeshauptstadt Wiesbaden Deutsche Version        


Announcement of the 2007 International Organ Competition for the Wiesbaden Bach-Prize as Pdf Flyer as Pdf document


In connection with the 21th Wiesbaden Bach Festival (Wiesbadener Bachwochen), an international organ competition will take place. The following prizes will be awarded:

EUR 4.000   1st Prize (Bach-Prize), includes a contract to play an organ concert in the 22th Wiesbaden Bach Festival 2017 (donated by Landeshauptstadt Wiesbaden).
EUR 2.500   2nd Prize (donated by Hessische Staatskanzlei)
EUR 1.500   3rd Prize (donated by Strecker-Stiftung)

Costs for travel and accommodation are to be covered by the participants. Participants, who reach the second round, will be refunded expenses of EUR 150,-.



Young organists of all nations can participate, who are not over 30 years of age by December 31st 2015 (i.e. were born after January 1st 1986). Organists who study with any of the jurors are excluded from the organ competition. Semi-final and final competitions are public, and can be recorded. Participants will not receive payment in the case of a recording.

The jury is not obligated to award prices. Prices cannot be split but can be awarded twice, limited by the total available price money. The jury verdict cannot be appealed.

The competition is limited. After registration date, the Organizational Committee will choose 12 participants from the registered candidates.


Entry has to be effected until October 1st 2015 to

      Johann-Sebastian-Bach-Gesellschaft Wiesbaden
      Bernhard-Schwarz-Str. 25
      D-65201 Wiesbaden/Germany
      Tel/Fax 0611-20890
      e-mail: info@bach-wiesbaden.de


Please enclose:

  • completed registration form (download)
  • photocopy of passport
  • certificates concerning the musical education (as copies)
  • musical resumé/cv
  • artist's portait photo

Chosen participants pay a registration fee of EUR 100,-. This will be reimbursed on the first competition day.



The organ competition will take place in 3 rounds on both organs of the Lutherkirche, Wiesbaden. Registrants will not be provided; you can be accompanied by your own register assistant. However, it is customary for the participants to help one another.


In the Preparatory Round on Thursday, January 14th 2016, all participants must play following pieces:

a) Johann Sebastian Bach: an slow and an following fast movement from one of the Trio Sonatas (own choice) K
b) August Gottfried Ritter: 1. Orgelsonate op. 11 W
c) Petr Eben: Hommage à Buxtehude K


The 6 best participants will play the following pieces in the Semi-finals on Friday, January 15th 2016 in the morning and afternoon:

a) Johann Sebastian Bach: Fugue D minor BWV 539 K
b) Dieterich Buxtehude: Prelude and Fugue D minor BuxWV 140 K
c) Maurice Duruflé: Prélude et Fugue sur le nom d'Alain, op. 7 W


The Final round will take place on Saturday, January 16th 2016 as a public concert. The 3 best players of the semi-finals will compete on ranking. Following pieces must be played:

a) Johann Sebastian Bach: Toccata E major BWV 566 K
b) Olivier Messiaen: from „Les Corps Glorieux“: V. Force et agilité des corps glorieux W
c) Max Reger: Phantasie D minor op. 135b W

N.B.  Works marked with "K" are to be played on the Klais organ. Works with "W" are to be played on the Walcker organ.

The order in which the participants play is to be determined every day by the drawing of lots. The participants will play anonymously. The Jury will not know the names nor the order of playing. Participants who arrive too late, cannot compete. The Jury's decisions will be made in a closed sitting and are irreversible and final. The Jury has the right not to award a prize or to divide a prize. Members of the Organizational Committee will not be in the Jury. Correspondence between the Organizational Committee and participants will be in English or German. All participants accept the present regulation.



1. Guy Bovet (Neuchâtel)
2. Hans-Ola Ericsson (Montreal)
3. Jürgen Essl (Stuttgart)
4. Hans-Uwe Hielscher (Wiesbaden)


Organizational Committee:
Jörg Endebrock, Martin Lutz, Wiesbaden



Lutherkirche Wiesbaden Klais Organ (1978)

I. Rückpositiv C-a³ II. Hauptwerk C-a³ III. Schwellwerk C-a³ Pedal C-f'
Holzgedeckt 8' Bordun 16' Rohrflöte 8' Principal 16'
Quintade 8' Principal 8' Gamba 8' Subbaß 16'
Principal 4' Spitzflöte 8' Vox coelestis (ab c) 8' Quinte 10 2/3'
Rohrflöte 4' Bifaria 8' Fugara 4' Octave 8'
Octave 2' Octave 4' Blockflöte 4' Spielflöte 8'
Waldflöte 2' Holztraverse 4' Nasard 2 2/3' Tenoroctave 4'
Larigot 1 1/3' Superoctave 2' Octavin 2' Rohrpfeife 2'
Sesquialtera 2f. (ab d) 2 2/3' Cornet 5f. ab gs 8' Terz 1 3/5' Hintersatz 4f. 2 2/3'
Scharff 4f. 2/3' Mixtur 5fach 1 1/3' Sifflet 1' Posaune 16'
Holzregal 16' Trompete 16' Plein jeu 4f. 2' Holztrompete 8'
Cromorne Tremulant 8' Trompete 8' Hautbois 8'    
        Clairon harmonique

Schleifladen mit mechanischer Spieltraktur, elektrische Registertraktur mit 3.168 Setzer-Kombinationen in vier Abteilungen (drei davon mit Schaltschlüssel absperrbar) über acht Schaltungen A-H und 99 Gruppenschaltungen abrufbar. Speichermöglichkeit über Disketten-Laufwerk – bitte Disketten mitbringen! Normalkoppeln, Cymbelstern. Parallelpedal ds unter ds’.


Walcker Organ (1911)
restored by Klais 1987

I. Hauptwerk C-a³ II. Seitenwerk C-a³ III. Schwellwerk C-a³ Pedal C-f'
Bordun 16' Gedeckt (Tr.) 16' Quintatön 16' Principal 16'
Principal 8' Geigenprincipal 8' Principal 8' Violonbaß 16'
Gamba 8' Salicional 8' Echo Gamba 8' Subbaß 16'
Flauta major 8' Rohrflöte 8' Lieblich Gedackt 8' Gedecktbaß (Tr.) 16'
Gemshorn 8' Viola 8' Flauto dolce 8' Quinte  10 2/3'
Gedeckt 8' Fugara 4' Spitzflöte 8' Flötenbaß 8'
Octave 4' Flauto dolce 4' Quintatön 8' VVioloncello (Tr.) 8'
Rohrflöte 4' Doublette 2' Aeoline 8' Choralbaß 4'
Octave 2' Harmonia aetheria 4f. 2 2/3' Voix céleste 8' Baßflöte (Tr.) 4'
Mixtur 3f. 2 2/3' Klarinette 8' Viola 4' Posaune 16'
Cornett 3-5f. 2 2/3'     Traversflöte 4' Trompete (Tr.) 8'
Trompete 8'     Flautino 2'    
        Mixtur 3-4f. 2'    
        Basson 16'    
        Oboe 8'    
        Trompete harmonique 8'    
        Clairon Tremolo 4'    

Taschen-, Kegel-, Membranladen mit elektropneumatischer Traktur. Normalkoppeln, Super II/P, Super II/I, 2 freie Kombinationen, 1 freie Pedalkombination. Zungeneinzelabsteller, Handregister ab. Walze, Schweller III.Manual. Organo pleno.



Winners of the Wiesbaden Bach-Prize


1. Prize:       Michal Kocot, Poland
2. Prize:       Sul Bi Yi, South Korea
3. Prize:       Mona Rozdestvenskyte, Lithuania

1. Prize:       Marius Mack, Germany
2. Prize:       Lisa Hummel, Germany
3. Prize:       Angela Metzger, Germany

1. Prize:       not awarded
2. Prize:       Johannes Zeinler, Austria
3. Prize (split): Anna Pikulska, Poland
3. Prize (split): Martin Rabensteiner, Italy

1. Prize:       Anna-Victoria Baltrusch, Berlin
2. Prize:       Balázs Szabó, Budapest/Würzburg
3. Prize:       Winfried Lichtscheidel, Friedrichshafen

1. Prize:       Lukas Stollhof, Stuttgart
2. Prize:       Christian Barthen, Saarbrücken
3. Prize:       Verena Zahn, Bad Schwalbach

1. Prize:       Andrew R. Dewar, London
2. Prize:       Linda Sitková, Prag
3. Prize:       Michael Schneider, Frankfurt


1. Prize:       Rudolf Müller, Würzburg
2. Prize:       Byong-Suk Moon, Detmold
3. Prize:       Jooyong Choi, Seoul

1. Prize:       Christian Schmitt, Saarbrücken
2. Prize:       Winfried Kleindopf, Leipzig
3. Prize:       Hue-Am Park, Berlin

1. Prize:       Gunther Rost, Würzburg
2. Prize:       Christoph Hamm, Bonn
3. Prize:       Markus Lehnert, Saarbrücken

1. Prize:       Carsten Wiebusch, Essen
2. Prize:       Andreas König, Fürth
3. Prize:       Markus Eichenlaub, Herxheim

1. Prize:       not awarded
2. Prize (split): Torsten Laux, Ingelheim
2. Prize (split): Reiner Oster, Saarbrücken
3. Prize:       Rie Hiroe, Hannover

1. Prize (split): Tomasz Adam Nowak, Warschau
1. Prize (split): Willi Kronenberg, Köln
2. Prize:       not awarded
3. Prize:       Paul Theis

1. Prize:       Jürgen Sonnentheil, Cuxhaven
2. Prize:       Natsujo Kaji, Hamburg
3. Prize:       Frank Volke, Düsseldorf

1. Prize:       Kiyoshi Nakauchi, Düsseldorf
2. Prize:       Martin Seiwert, Völklingen
3. Prize:       Ulrich Schwarze, Freiburg

1. Prize:       not awarded
2. Prize:       Jürgen Sonnentheil, Cuxhaven
3. Prize:       Helmut Freitag, Saarbrücken

1. Prize:       Bernhard Haas, Siegburg
2. Prize:       Stefan Palm, Köln
3. Prize:       Gerhard Jentschke, Zweibrücken

1. Prize:       Ronald Stolk, Voorburg
2. Prize:       not awarded
3. Prize:       Gerhard Jentschke, Zweibrücken

1. Prize:       Annik Chevalier, Marseille
2. Prize:       Pascale Mélis, Marseille
3. Prize:       Viviane Loriaut, Marseille

1. Prize:       Margareta Hürholz, Köln
2. Prize:       Martin Tiemann, Stuttgart
3. Prize:       Heiner Graßt, Essen