2022 Edition

Contact: concours@olivier-messiaen.eu

For 2022, the EPCC AIDA is once again partnering with the Auditorium de Lyon to organise an organ performance competition.

The competition places particular emphasis on original composition, as candidates will be required to perform a new work commissioned from François Meïmoun in the final round.

As well as Messiaen’s works, the competition is open to other repertoires to establish a week of competition at the highest level, widely accessible to music lovers and anyone who is curious to find out more about this instrument-orchestra at the level of performance you expect from an international contest.

The Olivier Messiaen International Organ Competition is open to organists under the age of 30 from all over the world. It will involve four rounds, three of them in public, taking place in Lyon from November 1 to 5, 2022. The prizes consist of financial awards and invitations to perform in the Auditorium de Lyon season and the EPCC AIDA programme.

As a counterpoint to the competition, a concert will be given in the Auditorium de Lyon the evening before the final, on Friday November 4 at 8 p.m. by the jury members.

The Olivier Messiaen International Competition is sponsored by the EPCC Arts en Isère Dauphiné Alpes (AIDA), and organised in partnership with the Auditorium-Orchestre national de Lyon, with the support of the Fondation Olivier Messiaen under the patronage of the Fondation de France, and the AO Fondation, under the patronage of the Bullukian Foundation recognized to be of public utility, and Sacem.



Application deadline: May 15, 2022


Results: June 15, 2022


Quarter-Finals: Tuesday 1 November 2022 from 10 am to 1.30 pm – Auditorium de Lyon

Semi-Finals: Thursday 3 November 2022 from 10 am to 2.45 pm – Auditorium de Lyon

The candidates admitted to the semi-finals:

– Tom Rioult (France)
– Natsumi Sawa (Japan)
– Kasumi Hamano (Japan)
– Pierre-François Purson (France)
– Luca Akaeda Santesson (Sweden / Japan)
– Lukas Nagel (Germany)

Final: Saturday 5 November 2022 from 3 pm – Auditorium de Lyon

The four finalists

– Lukas Nagel (Germany) : Winner of the Olivier Messiaen Grand Prize and the Prize for best performance of the new work
– Pierre-François Purson (France) : Winner of the Third Prize
– Luca Akaeda Santesson (Suède / Japon) : Winner of the Second Prize and the Prize for best performance of the works by   
Olivier Messiaen
– Kasumi Hamano (Japon) : Winner of the Fourth Prize and the Public Prize

The Jury concert : Friday 4 November – 8 pm – Auditorium de Lyon