IMOCG organ concert Martinikerk
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 third concert we will hear three members of the international jury: Jean Claude Zehnder (Switzerland), Nathan Laube (USA) and Pier Damiano Peretti (Italy). They will play on the Schnitger organ in the Martinikerk.
The concert is organized in cooperation with local foundation of Stichting Avondtmusyck.
The concert features three brilliant organists who will wow the audience with their musical excellence.
Starting with the jury chairman Jean-Claude Zehnder (1941), Swiss organist and musicologist who specialized in the stylistic development and performance practice of Johann Sebastian Bach. He made numerous recordings (e.g. Bach’s Orgelbüchlein and Die achtzehn Leipziger Choräle) and as a concert organist he has performed throughout Europe. In addition to his concert activities, he has been – and still is – internationally active as a juror at organ competitions and as a lecturer of organ courses like the Sommerakademie für Alte Musik in Innsbruck and the Organ Weeks in Muri and Arlesheim. Zehnder is also the titular organist of the Johann-Andreas Silbermann/Metzler organ (from 1761) at the Dom in Arlesheim.
The American organist Nathan Laube (1987) is an internationally renowned concert organist and pedagogue. In addition to his position as Associate Professor of Organ in the faculty of the Eastman School of Music (Rochester, USA) he is International Consultant in Organ Studies at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire (UK) and (since 2021) organ professor at the Hochschule für Musik in Stuttgart. In 2016, he was chosen to play the inaugural recital of the restored Harrison & Harrison organ of King’s College Chapel in Cambridge (UK), and in that same year he became the first artist-in-residence of the 1738 Müller organ in St. Bavo in Haarlem.
Pier Damiano Peretti (1974) is Italian concert organist. He won awards in several international organ competitions (Bologna, Pretoria, Innsbruck, Toulouse, Hamburg) and in 1999 he was the winner of the prestigious St. Albans International Organ Competition. In 2015 he received the ‘Outstanding Artist award’ of the Austrian government. From 2002 to 2009 Peretti was an organ professor at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hannover, before being appointed professor at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna in March 2009. He is regularly invited as a member of the jury at international organ competitions (Nürnberg, Weimar, Tokyo, Odense, Dublin, Montreal, St. Albans) and also gives guest lectures and masterclasses at all major international organ institutions.