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The Haarlem International Organ Improvisation Competition 2020 takes place on Wednesday 21, Friday 23 and Saturday 24 July 2021. Professional improvising organists participate in this oldest and world-famous Improvisation Competition. Since 2018 there is no age limit for participation.
In 1951, Louis Toebosch won the first International Organ Improvisation Competition. He was to be followed by Anton Heiller in 1952, Piet Kee (1953, 1954, 1955) and many other organists who later became internationally known names. Winning ‘Haarlem’ was, and is, the first step to an international career. Even just taking part in the competition has helped launch many a career, as the names of the numerous famous organists among the previous participants testify.