Course 8

Course 8: Zsigmond Szathmáry: Young Composers

A special masterclass in the Summer Academy is the Young Composers Class. This masterclass was created in 2008 with the aim of encouraging young composers to write new organ works for the Christiaan Müller organ in the Bavokerk in Haarlem. Thanks to the agile nature of this instrument and the beautiful acoustics of the church, the organ has inspired great composers for centuries, and the Organ Festival would like to continue that tradition.
The course is open to composers and organists who will premiere a new organ work on this occasion. Composers can participate in this masterclass by submitting an unfinished, recent composition written especially for the Christiaan Müller organ before April 1. After admission, the compositions are completed together with the performing organists (which may also be the composer himself) during lessons at the instrument's keyboards, and prepared for a special Young Composers premiere concert on Monday, July 22, 2024. On that occasion a prize will be awarded for the best composition and a recording of all works will be made.
Unlike the other courses, no participation fee is charged for the Young Composers Class and the participating composers and organists can take advantage of free accommodation in B&Bs in Haarlem.
The course is led by Zsigmond Szathmáry. He studied composition and organ at the Franz-Liszt-Musikakademie in Budapest and personally knew almost every 20th-century composer, including Ligeti and Stockhausen. Szathmáry was organist at the Bremen Cathedral, organ teacher at the Staatlichen Hochschule für Musik in Freiburg and made numerous concert tours. As a teacher and performing organist, he is in demand at courses all over the world, including many times in Haarlem. He is intensively involved with contemporary music and has written several works for orchestra, solo instruments and chamber music ensembles.

Extra course = extra discount
Book another course and receive a discount! You will receive an additional discount for each additional course booked (with a maximum of 6). The discount is automatically calculated in the shopping cart after booking.

NB. The following courses cannot be combined:

  • Course 1 (Foccroulle) + Course 6 (Robin)
  • Course 2 (Zerer) + Course 3 (Melcová)
  • Course 5 (Robin) + Course 7 (Foccroulle)
  • Course 4 (Zerer) + Course 8 (Szathmáry)
  • Course 11 (Van Doeselaar) + Course 16 (Latry)
  • Course 17 (Laube) + Course 13 (Van Doeselaar) + Course 14 (Verdin)
  • Course 18 (Summereder) + Course 15 (Laube)
  • Course 12 (Planyavsky) + Course 19 (Latry)


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