The International Organ Festival Haarlem has been awarded several prizes in the past decade.

On June 22, 2011 the 'Haerlem Historical Society' awarded a Silver Medal to the then 60-year-old Organ Festival. This award emphasized the importance of the Festival for the city of Haarlem, including the Improvisation Competition, the versatile festival concerts and the International Summer Academy. Also mentioned was bringing international attention to the two Haarlem city organs, the Müller organ in the Grote or St. Bavokerk and the Cavaillé-Coll organ in the Concertgebouw Philharmonie.

On March 23, 2017 won the Festival with the 2016 edition of the Haarlem Events Ring. This Ring is an award for the most important cultural event that took place in Haarlem in 2016. Breaking the boundaries between musical disciplines was mentioned as the main reason for the prize, referring to a special Frank Zappa program for organ and percussion in the 2016 festival programming.

On July 22, 2021 received Peter Ouwerkerk, general director of the Haarlem Organ Festival, the Henny Hogenbijl Music Prize. The reason for this award is his tireless efforts for Dutch organ culture, and his great involvement and commitment to the musical talent development of teenagers. The jury report mentions the Young Talents Class, part of the Haarlem International Summer Academy, and its initiative for the teenage project ''. This is a long-term project to encourage organ (and piano) playing teenagers to continue playing this beautiful instrument throughout adolescence. The prize money (€ 15.000) was fully invested in this teenage project.


  • Piet Kee Foundation
  • The Haarlem Music Fund
  • J.C. Ruigrok Foundation
  • The Cultural Fund
  • Societe Gavignies
  • Hendrik Muller Fund
  • The Reformed or Citizen Orphanage
  • Performing Arts Fund
  • Truus and Gerrit van Riemsdijk Stiftung (Vaduz)
  • Fonds1999
  • City of Haarlem
  • Anonymous fund


The International Organ Competition Foundation is organizer of the International Organ Festival Haarlem and has held the status of since 2017 cultural ANBI (Public Benefit Institution).

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The board of the International Organ Competition Foundation consists of:

Rein van der Kluit (chairman)
Nico Verloop (treasurer)
Laura van der Wijden (secretary)
Karlijn van Oirschot
Marie Petit
Adriaan Helmig

Festival remuneration policy
The board members of the International Organ Competition Foundation received not financial compensation for their board work.

The festival is structurally financially supported by the municipality of Haarlem.


 Peter Ouwerkerk

Photo credits
Bernard Foccroulle: Pascal Victor
Peter Planyavsky: Renate Publig
Olivier Latry: Peter Ouwerkerk
Roman Summereder: Felix Werthschulte/Andreas Schiffleitner
Interior Janskerk Gouda: Harry Anders

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