7th Franz Schmidt Organ Competition 2018

September 14 TO 22, 2018  Vienna


Franz Schmidt Organ Competition 2018

The 7th International Franz Schmidt Organ Competition 2018 will take place in Vienna from September 14th to September 22th 2018.

Opening     - Sept. 14, 2018

1st round   - Sept. 15 to 16, 2018: Kirche St. Ursula, Johannesgasse 8, 1010 Wien
2nd round  - Sept. 18 to 19, 2018: Jesuitenkirche, Doktor-Ignaz-Seipel-Platz 1, 1010 Wien 
Finale         - Sept. 21, 2018: Schottenkirche, Freyung 6, 1010 Wien

Prize Winners’ Concert - Sept. 22, 2018, Schottenkirche, Freyung 6

Application deadline: June 3, 2018

The attendance of participations is expected from September 12, 2018


  1. 1.The competition will take place from September 14th to September 22th 2018.
    Organs: Kirche St. Ursula, Johannesgasse 8, 1010 Wien (1st round), Jesuitenkirche, Doktor-Ignaz-Seipel-Platz 1, 1010 Wien (2nd round), Schottenkirche, Freyung 6, 1010 Wien (finale, prize winners’ concert). The specifications of the organs are listed here on this site.

  2. 2.The competition is open to organists of all nationalities born after December 31, 1982.


  1. 1.Applications must reach the competition office only electronically via the competition website “www.orgelwettbewerb.at” by June 3, 2018 the latest. Later applications won’t be accepted.
    The application must include:
    a. Name, address, date of birth, telephone number and e-mail address
    b. CV and details of study
    c. Declaration of any competition awards or diplomas
    d. Specification of the chosen pieces for the 2nd round, selected from the
        competition programme under item „f“.

  2. 2.The number of competitors is limited. Admittance to the competition is decided by the competition management.

  3. 3.An entry confirmation and the provisional admission will be sent by June 17tht, 2018 the latest. Thereafter the application fee of 70€ has to be transferred “free of charge for the payee” to the following account:

    IBAN: AT641500000501307763, BIC: OBKLAT2L
    Recipient: „Camerata Viennensis – FSO“
    Purpose: „Teilnahmegebühr FSO 2016“

    Acceptance is final once the participation fee has arrived in the account of competition. Application fee is non-refundable.

  4. 4.Registration for the competition automatically entails the acceptance of the competition rules.

Competition Schedule

  1. 1.Upon arrival in Vienna, the competitors are asked to report at University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna - mdw, Seilerstätte 26, 1010 Wien, in the auditorium on the ground floor on September 12, 2018 at 6pm.
    If requested, prospectuses by hotels and pensions in Vienna can be sent after the registration is occurred.

  2. 2.The competition comprises two selection rounds and the finals. Qualifying rounds and finals are played in public. Competitors remain anonymous towads jury until the finale is complete.

  3. 3.The order of appearance will be drawn by lots through the competitors.

  1. 4.The pieces of the competition program must be played according to the competition rules in the sequence chosen by the competitor. Playing from memory is not required.

  2. 5.All competitors will be given the opportunity to rehearse the works for the selection rounds on the organs of competition: preparation time in the days before (about 90 minutes) and practice time just before the play (about 30 minutes). Other practice facilities are provided. All competitors will have equal opportunities.

  3. 6.Registrants are provided by the organizer, but the competitors may also bring their own registrants at their own expense.

  4. 7.After each qualifying round the candidates will be informed about the results. For the competitors, who have not qualified for the next round, a consultation with members of the jury is intended.

  5. 8.All prize winners are obliged to take part gratuitously in the prize winners’ concert and to play the works chosen by the jury.

  6. 9.Video and audio recordings for radio and television as well as live-streaming and internet coverage of the competition are planned. The organizer of the competition reserves all rights (including any future recordings or coverage); any future claims by third parties will not be acknowledged.
    The candidates are not entitled to any financial compensation that may result from radio and television coverage, or in the case of a CD production or audio/video releases via the internet. By submitting their application, all participants grant the organizer of the competition the right to publish personal details and pass these on to third parties.


Helmut Binder, Austria

Bernhard Haas, Germany

Robert Kovács, Hungary/Austria

Peter Planyavsky, Austria

Liubov Shishkhanova, Russia

Chairman: Karl-Gerhard Straßl, Austria

  1. 1.Decisions relating to the outcome of the competition are exclusively made by the jury.

  2. 2.The jury will work in accordance with set judging criteria under a chairman without voting right.

  3. 3.The jury’s decisions are finals. Legal recourse is excluded.

  4. 4.The jury reserves the right to withhold the award of any prizes.


Three prizes will be awarded:

1st  Prize: € 5.000.–
2nd Prize: € 3.500.–
3rd  Prize: € 2.000.–

Separate from these three prizes there can be some special awards.

All competitors will receive a confirmation of participation. Additionally to the prize money, the prize winners will receive a certificate and a Franz Schmidt insignia and will have the right to call themselves “Prize Winner of the 7th International Franz Schmidt Organ Competition Vienna 2018”.


1st ROUND – Sept. 15 to 16, 2018
Kirche St. Ursula, 1010 Wien
Gregor Hradetzky1968,II/28

  1. a.Johann Sebastian Bach, Christ lag in Todesbanden, BWV 718

  2. b.Franz Schmidt, Präludium und Fuge G-Dur (without repeats)

  3. c.Johannes Brahms, Präludium und Fuge g-Moll, WoO 10

2nd ROUND – Sept. 18 to 19, 2018
Jesuitenkirche, 1010 Wien
Hartwig Späth 2004, III/41

  1. a.Franz Schmidt, O wie selig seid ihr doch, ihr Frommen (aus: Vier kleine Choralvorspiele)

  2. b.Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Adagio / Allegro f-Moll, KV 594 (without second repeat)

  3. c.Anton Heiller, Ecce lignum crucis

  4. d.Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Sonate Nr. 3, A-Dur, op. 65/3

  5. e.Sigfrid Karg-Elert, Ave Maria (aus: Kathedralfenster, op. 106)

  6. f.And one of the following options:

  7. – Louis Vierne, 3. Symphonie, op. 28, 4. and 5. Satz

  8. – Louis Vierne, 6. Symphonie,  op. 59, 2. and 3. Satz

  9. – Charles M. Widor, 2. Symphonie, op. 13/2, 3. and 6. Satz

  10. – Marcel Dupré, Prélude et Fugue H-Dur, op. 7/1

  11. – Marco E. Bossi, Pastorale, op. 118/3 und Toccata di concerto (Vivace), op. 118/5

  12. – César Franck, Prière, op. 20

  13. – César Franck, Fantaisie A-Dur

Finale – Sept. 21, 2018:

Schottenkirche, 1010 Vienna

Mathis 1995, III/49

  1. a.Franz Schmidt, Toccata C-Dur

  2. b.Antonio Vivaldi / Joh. Seb. Bach, Concerto d-Moll, BWV 596

  3. c.Paul Hindemith, Sonate I