Canadian International Organ Competition 2021
From October 11 to 25, 2021, the Canadian International Organ Competition (CIOC) will welcome 16 young competitors to Montréal from around the world for three separate competition rounds in different churches for the chance to win prizes totalling $125,000 CAD.
The Canadian International Organ Competition (CIOC) promotes organ music namely by increasing public awareness and interest for this music.
The CIOC presents, every year in October, a festival with some of the world’s finest organists. Every third year, the CIOC organizes an international competition in which a prestigious jury representing various countries awards important prizes to a selection of the best young organists in the world.
Open to organists of all nationalities under 35 years of age, the CIOC is held in Montréal every three years. Sixteen organ virtuosos perform for a jury of nine internationally renowned specialists and compete for major awards. In addition to the prize money, the top prizewinner receives a career development contract, a CD recording with ATMA Classique and recitals. These awards surpass the prizes of any of the world’s organ competitions. The first edition of the CIOC, held in 2008, attracted some 60 applications from 17 countries. Following a pre-selection round, 16 competitors from 11 countries were chosen for the Competition.
Seeking to actively participate in the cultural life, the CIOC annually develops a programme of activities in collaboration with various organisations of the organ world; these musical and educational activities are designed to emphasize the cultural importance of pipe organs – treasures of our heritage – for a wide and diverse audience.