IMOCG organ concert Der Aa-kerk
From July 31 to August 6, 2022, the International Martini Organ Competition Groningen (IMOCG) will take place. In addition to the competition, several concerts will be organized. In this fourth concert we will hear two members of the international jury: Éric Lebrun (France) and Reitze Smits (Netherlands). They will play on the Schnitger-organ in the Der Aa-kerk.
The French composer, organist and pedagogue Éric Lebrun (1967) completed his studies at the Conservatoire de Paris. He graduated with the highest honors. Lebrun has been an award winner and finalist in several international competitions. After winning the Grand Prix de Chartres in 1990 he was appointed titular organist of the Cavaillé-Coll instrument at the Parisian church Saint Antoine des Quinze-Vingts, a position which he holds to this day.
Lebrun is currently Professor of Organ at the Conservatory at Saint-Maur des Fossés and Honorary Professor at the Royal Conservatory of Aarhus (Denmark). His recorded albums include the complete works of Jehan Alain, Maurice Duruflé, César Franck and J.S. Bach.
Reitze Smits (1956) studied organ, harpsichord, composition, improvisation and musicology in Utrecht and The Hague. He won awards in several international organ competitions (Toulouse, Bruges, Nijmegen). As a concert organist he performed in many European countries. With his own baroque ensemble Concerto Strumentale he appeared at several international festivals, achieving success with his effective ‘reconstructions’ of Bach organ concertos. He is a teacher of organ and improvisation at the Music Academy of Utrecht and the Lemmens Institute in Leuven and he has been a guest lecturer at several international organ courses in Haarlem, Toulouse, Brno, Mallorca and at other venues. In 2010 Reitze was awarded the prestigious Sweelinck Prize for his contributions to the Dutch organ culture.