Bavarian organist Jens Korndoerfer, currently completing his PhD at McGill University’s Schulich School of Music, won the 2nd prize and Franz-Liszt-Award at the International Organ Contest in Montreal in October.


Jens Korndoerfer (centre) is awarded the Franz-Liszt-Award by Mireille Lagacé, professor at the Conservatoire de Montréal, et and Gérard Coulombe C.R., CIOCM vice president

In 2008 already, Mr. Korndoerfer placed third in this contest which is held every third year in Montreal and invites 16 organists under 35 years to compete on some of the best organs of the world. The international selection committee awards several prizes such as a series of solo performances, a career management contract, a CD recording session under ATMA Classic label, as well as generous scholarships.

Jens Korndoerfer, who started studying organ at the age of 14, always completed with distinctions. In 2005, he was the first German “residence organist” in Sapporo, Japan, where he spent one year at the organ of the “Kitara” concert hall. Furthermore he gave solo concerts and concerts with orchestra in different cities, taught classes and recorded a CD. Since then, he has successfully performed all over the world, especially in Germany, France, the USA, Canada, Great Britain and Japan. Since September 2009, Jens Korndoerfer is studying towards his PhD at McGill University and has written numerous papers for specialized papers in all three languages.

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