International Organ Improvisation Competition "Anton Bruckner" 2024


The new concert organ of the Brucknerhaus Linz, which was inaugurated in September 2018, is due to its symphonic richness of tonal colours particularly suited for the high art of improvisation. In the Bruckner Year 2024, the Brucknerhaus is dedicating an international competition to this supreme discipline of organ music for the second time, and hereby announces the call for entries: Call for entries: international organ improvisation competition "Anton Bruckner" ( PDF |378.31 KB)

All participants in the main round of the Linz competition have the opportunity to be selected as candidates for the partner competition within the frame of the “Organ moves!” festival, which will take place on June 6th, 2024 (Thursday) in Bad Ischl and will be dedicated to improvised silent film accompaniment. They will have the chance to compete for the prize of the Cultural Capital Bad Ischl – Salzkammergut 2024 “Organ moves!”. A separate application for participation in this partner competition is not possible.

We are looking for young organists up to the age of 35 with an independent musical language. The candidates are not required to improvise in historical styles, but to demonstrate versatility and originality through improvisations based on a given visual story, a film excerpt, and musical themes.

The submission of improvisations, either on CD or online (uncut [!] recordings; dividing into two files is possible), must be sent by November 1st, 2023, by post to

Brucknerhaus Linz
“Organ Improvisation Competition”
Untere Donaulände 7
4010 Linz

or by email to  andreas.meier@liva.linz.at; for postal submissions, the date of the postmark applies.


Orgel Brucknerhaus © Rita Newman
Orgel Brucknerhaus © Rita Newman
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