2nd International BACH | LISZT Organ Competition

23 august - 5 september 2011

The competition

The International BACH | LISZT Organ Competition Erfurt – Weimar – Merseburg pays homage to both luminaries of Thuringia’s musical history. Johann Sebastian Bach’s relationship to the organ is known the world over. In contrast, many of Franz Liszt’s organ works and their importance to the development of the organ’s chromaticity is relatively unknown, something which should change in 2011, the Liszt Year (the celebration of the 200th anniversary of his birth and the 125th anniversary of his death).

The International BACH | LISZT Organ Competition is organized by the City and Cathedral of Erfurt in cooperation with the LISZT UNIVERSITY of Music Weimar and the City and Cathedral of Merseburg.

Since 2008, the competition has resumed and expanded the former International "Cathedral Mount" Organ Competition that took place in Erfurt in 1999.  Through the diversity and the importance of historic and modern instruments, the current competition has taken on worldwide significance.

Honorary President:
Former German Chancellor, Helmut Schmidt

Under the Patronage of:
Christine Lieberknecht – Minister President of the Free State of Thuringia
Dr. Joachim Wanke – Bishop of the Diocese of Erfurt
Ilse Junkermann – Bishop of the Protestant Church of Central Germany


Internationaler BACH | LISZT Orgelwettbewerb
c/o Hochschule für Musik FRANZ LISZT Weimar
Herr Harald Dübler
Platz der Demokratie 2/3
99423 Weimar

Tel +49 (0) 3643 | 555-190
Fax +49 (0)3643 | 555-135

Hosts: Landeshauptstadt Erfurt
Dom zu Erfurt
Hochschule für Musik FRANZ LISZT Weimar
Dom zu Merseburg

Artistic direction:
Silvius von Kessel, Erfurt
Michael Kapsner, Weimar
Michael Schönheit, Merseburg

Sponsors of the 2nd International BACH | LISZT Organ Competition erfurt–weimar–merseburg:

Thüringer Ministerium für Bildung, Wissenschaft und Kultur
Stadt Weimar
Stadt Merseburg
Hotel Elephant Weimar
Neue Liszt Stiftung Weimar/THE LISZT Foundation