International Jury Members

2017 Competition Dates: October 6-21, 2017

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John Grew/Canada

John Grew is the founding Artistic Director of the Canadian International Organ Competition and professor emeritus at McGill University where he has taught for forty years. He is the founding Artistic Director of the bi-annual McGill Summer Organ Academy, and has established the university’s early music program. From 1991 to 2005, Mr. Grew was Dean of Music at McGill, and received a Distinguished Teaching Award in 2010. John Grew has concertized extensively in North America and Europe, has been guest recitalist for major conventions and has made numerous broadcast recordings. In 2012 he received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.


David Briggs/UK

David Briggs is an internationally renowned organist. With an extensive repertoire spanning five centuries, he is known across the globe for his brilliant organ transcriptions of symphonic music by composers such as Mahler, Schubert, Tchaikovsky, Elgar, Bruckner, Ravel, and Bach. David also frequently performs improvisations to silent films such as Phantom of the Opera, Hunchback of Notre-Dame, Metropolis, as well as a variety of Charlie Chaplin films.

He was the Organ Scholar at King’s College, Cambridge University, during which time he studied organ with Jean Langlais in Paris. He is the first British winner of the Tournemire Prize at the St Albans International Improvisation Competition. David’s schedule includes more than 60 concerts a year.


Brine Bryndorf/Denmark

Bine Bryndorf was born in Elsinore (Helsingør) and studied organ with Michael Radulescu and harpsichord with Gordon Murray at the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna. Later came studies with William Porter in Boston and Daniel Roth in Paris.

Bine Bryndorf worked asMichael Radulescu assistant in Vienna. In 1994 she was became associate professor at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen, and in January 2001 she was appointed a professor at the same institution.

Bine Bryndorf has won prizes in organ competitions in Innsbruck, Bruges, and Odense and in chamber music competitions in Melk and Copenhagen (P2 Music, DR). In 1999-2000 she was The Danish Radio’s first Artist in Residence. At present Bine Bryndorf is recording Buxtehude's complete organ music for Buxtehude.


Neil Cockburn/Canada

International prize-winning organist Neil Cockburn is Interim Director of Music at the Cathedral Church of the Redeemer (Anglican) in Calgary, Artistic Director of the Calgary Organ Festival, and Instructor of Organ at the University of Calgary. Celebrated for his diverse repertoire interests and expertise, he performs an all-encompassing spectrum of solo organ recitals on a wide range of instrument types, from all-Bach recitals on historically inspired organs, to symphonic programmes on romantic instruments, and concerts of entirely new works. His most recent solo recording is of the Mass on the Sixth Tone with three Magnificat Suites by the seventeenth-century French composer, André Raison.


Lynne Davis/USA

A native of Michigan, leading international concert organist Lynne Davis moved to France to study with Marie-Claire Alain. While there she also studied with Jean Langlais, Maurice and Marie-Madeleine Duruflé, as well as other great European master organists.

Ms. Davis’ career was launched by taking First Prize at the prestigious St. Albans International Organ Competition in England. Since then, her activities have included giving concerts, masterclasses and lectures about French organ literature and its history. Her recordings include discs, radio broadcasts and live performances particularly on the famed organ at Chartres Cathedral in France where her disc “Musique pour Cathédrales” won the coveted French 5 Diapasons award.


Jean-Baptiste Robin/ France

With his appointment in 2010 as Organist of the Royal Chapel at the Palace of Versailles, Jean-Baptiste Robin was secured a place in a long line of royal organists, such as Francois Couperin, Louis Marchand, Louis-Claude Daquin, and Claude Balbastre, as “court musician” of that world-renowned building. Widely regarded as one of the most prominent and accomplished French organists and composers of his generation, Jean-Baptiste Robin also serves as Professor of Organ at the Conservatoire a Rayonnement Regional in Versailles.  From 2000-2010, he was Organist of Poitiers Cathedral, where he presided over the cathedral’s famous Clicquot organ.

He has composed over forty works performed under the batons of directors Pierre Boulez, Laurent Petitgirard, and Jean Deroyer. He studied the organ with Marie-Claire Alain, Olivier Latry, Michel Bouvard, and Louis Robilliard, and composition with George Benjamin at King’s College, London.


Silivius von Kessel/Allemagne

Silvius Carlos Benedict von Kessel is a German organist,improviser and choirmaster. He is currently serving as Cathedral Organist and Choirmaster of Erfurt Cathedral, the capital of the Free State of Thuringiain Germany, and is honorary professor of organ music at the Hochschule für Musik "Franz Liszt" in Weimar.

He is President of the festival Thüringer Bachwochen, celebrating the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, born in Thuringia.
Silvius von Kessel is a member of the Artistic Direction of the BACH/LISZT organ competition. He studied organ music and church music at the Folkwang Hochschule Essen with Professor Gisbert Schneider from 1986 to 1991 passing his Exam with distinction. He continued his studies in Paris with Professor Olivier Latry.


Réjean Poirier/Canada

Réjean Poirier studied at the Conservatories in Montréal and Toulouse with renowned organist Bernard Lagacé, Kenneth Gilbert and Xavier Darasse. He graduated with honors and won the First Prize at the prestigious J.S. Bach International Competition in Bruges.

Back in Montréal in 1974, he founded the Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal with Christopher Jackson and Hélène Dugal; he was coartistique director for nearly 15 years. Réjean Poirier pursues his international career as organist and harpsichord player, both as soloist or coninuo player, with several ensembles. He is professor emeritus at the music faculty of the Université de Montréal where he was appointed dean from 1998 to 2006.


Carole Terry/USA

Carole Terry's career as a renowned performer and pedagogue of the organ and harpsichord has taken her to many cities and universities. Especially known for her performances and recordings of German Romantic music, she is also an expert on the physiology of keyboard performance.

As a performer and master teacher, Terry participated in the Bamboo Organ Festival, in Manila, Philippines, as well as the Attersee Barock Akademie, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, in Lübeck, Germany. She has also been involved in various summer academies, such as the Mount Royal College Organ Academy in Calgary, Canada and is a frequent judge for competitions. As Resident Organist and Curator for the Seattle Symphony from 2000 to 2003, Terry helped inaugurate the new C.B. Fisk organ in Seattle's acclaimed Benaroya Hall.



* Candidates are selected by a preliminary jury consisting of 5 prominent organists from across North America: Christian Lane, Raymond Perrin, William Porter, Régis Rousseau, and Patricia Wright.