Jury concours

Nathan Laube (USA)
Eric Lebrun
Pier Damiano Peretti
Reitze Smits
Jean-Claude Zehnder

Nathan Laube (USA)

In addition to serving as Associate Professor of Organ on the faculty of the Eastman School of Music, and his new position as International Consultant in Organ Studies at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, UK, Nathan Laube’s extensive recital career includes major venues spanning four continents. He has appeared at the Vienna Konzerthaus, Hamburg Elbphilharmonie, Berlin Philharmonie, Dortmund Konzerthaus, Royal Festival Hall in London, the Sejong Center in Seoul, and the major concert halls in the US cities of Dallas, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, and others. Notable recent appearances have included the first inaugural recital of the restored organ of King’s College Chapel, Cambridge, as well as performances at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, and a performance of Bach’s Third Book of the Clavierübung at London’s Royal Festival Hall. In May of 2018 he performed the Hindemith Kammermusik VII with the Karajan Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker as part of a residency at the Philharmonie. For the summer of 2017 he served as the first “Organist in Residence” at the famous 1738 Christiaan Müller organ at the St. Bavo Kerk in Haarlem, the Netherlands. On Easter Monday 2020, he will perform the first solo recital on the new Rieger organ at St. Stephen’s Cathedral (Stefansdom) in Vienna, Austria.

Mr. Laube is a regular guest at the most important organ festivals around the world, appearing in the capacity of performer, pedagogue, and lecturer: Internationales Musikfest Hamburg (DE), Berlin Orgelsommer (DE), the Stuttgart Internationaler Orgelsommer (DE), the Naumburg Orgelsommer (DE), the 300th Anniversary festival of the 1714 Silbermann organ in the Freiberg Cathedral (DE), the Dresden Music Festival (DE), the Orléans Organ Festival (FR), Bordeaux Festival d’Été (FR), the Lapua Festival (FI), the Lahti Organ Festival (FI), the 2015 and 2016 Smarano Organ Academy (IT), the Stockholm Organ Space Festival (SE) Göteborg International Organ Academy (SE), The Vestfold Organ Festival (NO), the Max Reger Foundation of America’s 2015 Max Reger Festival (USA), the Chicago WFMT Bach Project (USA), the 2019 OHS “Symphonic Organ Symposium” (USA), and several EROI Festivals at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester (USA).

In April 2019, he launched documentary-style radio program, “All the Stops,” on the WFMT Radio Network Chicago, consisting of four two-hour programs which feature many of the world’s most famous organs in Europe and the United States and explore their unique histories and repertoire. For more information, visit http://www.wfmt.com/programs/all-the-stops/.

Mr. Laube has two CD recordings available: the Stephen Paulus Grand Concerto on the Naxos label recorded with the Nashville Symphony, Giancarlo Guerrero, conducting, which received a GRAMMY Award for Best Classical Compendium; and a solo recital recording on the Ambiente label recorded at the Stadtkirche in Nagold, Germany. He has collaborated with solo artists including Andreas Ottensamer, principal clarinet with the Berliner Philharmoniker, and Chris Martin, principal trumpet with both the Chicago and New York Philharmonic.

Mr. Laube is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where he studied with Alan Morrison, the Conservatoire Rayonnement Régional in Toulouse, where he studied with Michel Bouvard and Jan Willem Jansen, and the Musikhochschule in Stuttgart, Germany, where he studied with Ludger Lohmann. He has been the recipient of both William Fulbright and DAAD fellowships. Mr. Laube also serves in several leadership roles for the Organ Historical Society, as Chair of the Friends of the Library and Archives, and served as co-chair for the 2018 OHS national convention in Rochester, NY.


Eric Lebrun (Frankrijk)

A former student of Gaston Litaize, Eric Lebrun completed his studies at the Conservatory of Paris. He graduated with the highest honors including a first prize in the organ class of Michel Chapuis.

He has worked with other professors such as Anne-Marie Barat, Daniel Roth, Olivier Latry and Michel Bouvard as well as with the pianists Bruno Rigutto and Pierre Duvauchelle, the orchestral conductor Gérard Devos and the musicologists Jean Maillard, Brigitte François-Sappey and Jean Saint-Arroman. With the latter he participated in the reconstitution of complete religious services of 17th century France.
Eric Lebrun has been an award winner and finalist in several international competitions (organ, composition, chamber music) and in 1990 was named titular organist of the Cavaillé-Coll instrument at the Parisian church Saint Antoine des Quinze-Vingts. There he recorded the complete organ works of Jehan Alain, Maurice Duruflé and César Franck as well as several broadcasts for France-Musique. He founded and has directed since 1991 the "Choeurs de Saint Antoine". The repertory of this group includes major sacred choral works from the Middle Ages to the contemporary period.
In collaboration with Marie-Ange Leurent, Eric Lebrun has formed a popular organ duo for four hands. He also performs as a soloist with various orchestras and vocal groups (Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, Orchestra National de Budapest, Ensemble Instrumental Jean-Walter Audoli, Choeur de Radio-France, Choeur Régional Vittoria d'Ile de France, Ensemble Vocal Michel Piquemal, Orchestre Symphonique de Aarhus, Denmark....). He has given the inaugural performance of many compositions for organ, some of them written especially for him (Valéry Aubertin, Jacques Castérède, Thierry Escaich, Kamilo Lendvay, Gaston Litaize...).
From music for solo violin to an oratorio Eric Lebrun has composed about fifty works including the cycle Mystères du Rosaire, Trois Poèmes Liturgiques (commissioned by the Sacred Music Festival of Sylvanès Abbey), Sonata Sacra for great organ (commissioned by the Comminges Festival) and Canticum Fratris Solis based on the life of Saint Francis of Assisi (inaugural performance by France-Musique).
After teaching at the Conservatory of Fontainebleau and at the Sorbonne and in addition to directing the National School of Music and Dance at Cachan, Eric Lebrun founded the Didactic class at the National Superior Conservatory of Music in Paris. He now is professor of organ at the Conservatory of Regional Musical Influence at Saint-Maur des Fossés and regularly gives master classes at music schools such as The Royal Academy of Music in London and the National Conservatories of Bologne, Piacenza (Italy) and Zwolle (Holland). He was founder of the Organ Academies of Nemours and Sarlat and spent several seasons as organ professor at the International Academy of Comminges. For sixteen consecutive years Eric Lebrun was artistic director of the Organ Academy of Issenheim which included about thirty of the great Alsatian organs. He then founded the Organ Academy of Bourron-Marlotte in the Fontainebleau area. He has Certificates of Aptitude for the profession of teaching organ, musical culture and for directorship.
In 2006 he wrote a biography of Dietrich Buxtehude (Edited by Bleu-Nuit). He then recorded (on 6 CDs) with Marie-Ange Leurent, that composer's organ works (Bayard- Musique) which received the Grand Prix du Disque de l'Académie Charles Cros. He next recorded the organ works of Boëly (Choc du Monde de la Musique) which was accompanied by a biography of the composer written in collaboration with Brigitte François-Sappey. Eric Lebrun is also the founder and president of the Association Gaston Litaize and he and Marie-Ange Leurent recorded his complete organ works for Litaize's one hundredth anniversary in 2009.
In 2010 his Vingt Mystères du Rosaire, opus 10 was published and his double album of Franz Liszt's works was released. In 2011 he gave the inaugural concert of his Suite for organ, opus 18 at the Paris church of Saint Eustache. The year 2012 saw the publication of his monograph of César Franck (Edited by Bleu-Nuit).
His organ class at Saint-Maur joined the Superior Pole of Excellence 93 in June 2015. In December of that year he was named honorary professor at the Royal Academy of Music of Aarhus, Denmark. Currently he is recording with Marie-Ange Leurent the complete organ works of Johan Sebastian Bach on 20 CDs scheduled to be finished in 2020 (Monthabor Musique). In 2016 he published a new biography of Johan Sebastian Bach (edited by Bleu-Nuit).


Pier Damiano Peretti (ItaliŽ/Oostenrijk)

Pier Damiano Peretti (ItaliŽ/Oostenrijk)

Pier Damiano Peretti, born 1974 in Vicenza (Italy), studied organ in his hometown (Antonio Cozza), Hamburg (Pieter van Dijk, Wolfgang Zerer) and Vienna (Herbert Tachezi, Michael Radulescu); as well as composition with the Petrassi pupil Wolfango Dalla Vecchia (Padua) and in Vienna. He also attended the Darmstädter Ferienkurse für Neue Musik (a.o. with Wolfgang Rihm).
2002 – 2009 he taught at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hannover, in 2009 he was appointed professor for organ at the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna.
Award winner of several international organ competitions (Bologna, Pretoria, Innsbruck, Toulouse, Hamburg, 1st prize St Albans 1999). Busy concert schedule throughout Europe, Far East, Israel and Canada with repertoire from early to contemporary music.
In addition to this many radio and CD recordings (Ursina-Motette, IFO Records, Naxos, Ambiente, Tactus), article publications, masterclasses, member of the panel at international organ competitions (a.o. Nürnberg, Weimar, Tokyo, Odensee, Dublin, Montreal, St. Albans).
His own compositions range from pieces for and with organ to chamber, orchestral and vocal music. As a composer he won several awards, o. a. first prize at the Contest for Organ Compositions in Saarlouis 2017 and Audience Prize at the Weimarer Frühjahrstage für Neue Musik 2018. In 2015 he received the “Outstanding artist award” of the Austrian government.



Reitze Smits (Nederland)

Foto: Annelies van der Vegt

Nederlands | English

Reitze Smits studeerde in Utrecht orgel, improvisatie en compositie. Later volgde hij enige jaren muziekwetenschappen en behaalde een solodiploma voor klavecimbel aan het Haags conservatorium.
De interpretatie van barokmuziek en vooral de fascinatie voor de muziek van Bach, bepaalden jarenlang zijn belangstelling. Op internationale concoursen in Brugge, Toulouse en Nijmegen won hij daarmee prijzen. Met zijn ensemble Concerto Strumentale trad hij op in belangrijke festivals, waarbij hij vooral succes boekte met zelfgemaakte “reconstructies” van orgelconcerten van Bach. In samenwerking met vocale solisten voerde hij cantates uit van Noord Duitse barokcomponisten en Bach. Als dirigent leidde hij koren en orkesten in o.m. de Johannes Passie van Bach. Zijn spel is momenteel te horen en te zien op allofbach.com, een internetsite waarop de komende jaren alle muziek van Bach in speciaal vervaardigde opnames geplaatst zal worden.
Geïnspireerd door zijn werk als orgeldocent aan het Utrechts Conservatorium en het Lemmensinsituut in Leuven (B.), kregen improvisatie en de totale breedte van het orgelrepertoire weer de volle aandacht. Hij speelde concerten in de meeste Europese landen en gaf cursussen in o.m. Toulouse, Haarlem, Brno, Oundle en op Mallorca.
Hij was gedurende lange tijd organist op de historische orgels in Breukelen en Zaltbommel.
Op CD-opnames verkent hij de raakvlakken van het repertoire tussen de verschillende toetsinstrumenten. Daarbij ontstonden diverse orgelbewerkingen van piano- en orkestwerken van met name Mendelssohn, die ook in druk zijn verschenen. Ook als componist is hij actief: Five light pieces, Tripartite en Distant Music verschenen in druk.
Van 2000 tot 2017 was hij artistiek leider van “Festival voor de Wind”. Dit festival combineerde het orgel met andere podiumkunsten, waarmee het orgel aan een breed publiek werd gepresenteerd. In dat verband trad hij op met Dance Works Rotterdam in een succesvolle reeks concerten met dans op orgelmuziek van Bach en Milhaud, vormde hij een Fries improvisatie-trio met een percussionist en een dichter, en voerde muziek van Händel uit met het Belgische saxofoonensemble Blindman.
In 2010 ontving hij de Sweelinckprijs voor zijn verdiensten voor de orgelcultuur.


Jean-Claude Zehnder (Zwitserland,voorzitter)

Jean-Claude Zehnder was professor of organ from 1972-2006 at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, where numerous prominent musicians were among his predecessors. He holds the position of organist on the Johann Andreas Silbermann organ of 1761 in the cathedral of Arlesheim. His many activities include recitals and recordings, teaching at organ academies, and writings focusing on performance practice and the stylistic development of Johann Sebastian Bach. He received an honorary doctorate from the University of Dortmund.
Jean-Claude Zehnder's study of the early works of J.S. Bach was published by Schwabe (Basel) in 2009. It establishes for the first time a chronological order of some 120 works composed between 1695-1708. Stylistic parameters serve to form a picture of Bach's development, his youthful experiment and the gradual crystalisation of his musical language, which left such a strong mark on our understanding of western music. In 2012 he published vol. 4 (Toccatas, Passacaglia, Pièce d’Orgue, Pastorella etc.) of the new Breitkopf edition of the Organ works by J. S. Bach, in 2015 vol. 8 (The Great Eighteen Chorales). Some months ago, his book about interpretation «Bach spielen auf der Orgel – eine Leidenschaft» was issued (Breitkopf).