In 2016 and 2017 Ambitus Foundation is promoting its first organ competition in the Netherlands for young organists from the Netherlands and abroad. The objective is twofold: first of all to give talented young organists the opportunity to present and further develop themselves. Secondly to bring the richness of the historical Dutch organs and the organ culture in the limelight. Gifted young people on their way to the future are thus brought into contact with Dutch historical heritage.
To create the widest possible knowledge of the historic organs we have in the Netherlands, a conscious decision has been made to host each of the four rounds of the competition at a different venue. This will give contestants a chance to play – and audiences a chance to hear – some of the country’s finest organs.
The final of the competition will take place in the Grote Church of St. Bavo in Haarlem. When it was built in the 18th century, the church’s organ was the largest in the world and many famous musicians have played it, including Mendelssohn, Handel and the 10-year-old Mozart.
The mission of the Ambitus Foundation is to bring young people into contact with classical music. The Ambitus Organ Competition 2016 fits the bill.