Winners

2017 First-Prize Winner:

Alcee Chriss III
Alcee Chriss III

Winner of the 2017 Canadian International Organ Competition and Firmin Swinnen Silver Medalist at the 2016 Longwood Gardens International Organ Competition, Alcee Chriss III is widely regarded as one of the leading young organists of our time. He has been celebrated for his “grace, skill and abundant proficiency” by the Journal Assist News, Albuquerque. And of his prize-winning performance at the Longwood Gardens Competition, Choir and Organ Magazine declared, “Chriss stole the show.” Dr. Chriss has performed throughout the United States, Canada, and France. Recent and upcoming performances include the 2020 National AGO convention in Atlanta, the Organ Historical Society’s 2019 convention (Dallas, TX), Riverside Church (NYC), John F. Kennedy Center, and Washington National Cathedral, among others. In July 2019, Chriss was appointed as University Organist and Artist-in-Residence at Wesleyan University, where he teaches courses in organ and applied music. In October 2019, Alcee was awarded his Doctorate of Music degree from McGill University, where he studied with Hans-Ola Ericsson. He previously studied at Oberlin Conservatory of Music where he received his Master’s degree in historical keyboard and a Bachelor’s degree in Organ Performance. At Oberlin, he studied organ with James David Christie and Olivier Latry, improvisation with Marie-Louise Langlais, and harpsichord and continuo playing with Webb Wiggins and Hank Knox. In addition to his organ and harpsichord performances, Alcee is also active as a church musician, conductor and jazz pianist. He currently serves as the Minister of Music at Saint Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Ridgefield, CT.

Other 2017 CIOC Winners:

  • 2nd Prize: Oliver Brett, United-Kingdom
  • 3rd Prize: Nicholas Capozzoli, United-States
  • Royal Canadian College of Organists Prize: Oliver Brett, United-Kingdom
  • Richard-Bradshaw Audience Prize: Yuan Shen, China
  • Bach Prize: Alcee Chriss III, United States
  • Spinelli Prize: Alcee Chriss III, United-States

2014 First-Prize Winner:

David Baskeyfield
David Baskeyfield

Originally from England, David Baskeyfield studied at the Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY, with David Higgs (repertoire) and William Porter (improvisation). Gaining first prizes during that time in a number of national and international competitions, he has embarked on a performing career both sides of the Atlantic encompassing both repertoire and improvisation. David read Law at Oxford as organ scholar at St John's College, studying with John Wellingham and David Sanger; between Oxford and Eastman he spent a year as organ scholar of Christ Church Cathedral and St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin. He continues to be active as an accompanist, continuo player and occasional cocktail pianist. As an outgrowth of his interest in classical organ improvisation, he has taken to accompanying silent movies; recent engagements have featured Nosferatu (1922), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923) and The Phantom of the Opera (1925). He has occasionally given theatre organ recitals. To know more about David Baskeyfield, visit his website at http://www.davidbaskeyfield.com

 Other 2014 CIOC Winners:

  • 2nd Prize: Andrew Dewar, United-Kingdom
  • 3rd Prize: Daria Burlak, Russia
  • Royal Canadian College of Organists Prize: David Baskeyfield, United-Kingdom
  • Richard-Bradshaw Audience Prize: David Baskeyfield, United-Kingdom
  • Bach Prize: Andrew Dewar, United-Kingdom

2011 First-Prize Winner:

Christian Lane
Christian Lane

Christian Lane is Assistant University Organist and Choirmaster at Harvard University. A laureate of several major competitions, he earned First Prize in four such American contests and was awarded both Second Prize and Audience Prize in the 2004 American Guild of Organists National Young Artists Competition. His primary teachers are David Higgs and Thomas Murray, and he holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music and Yale University. Passionate about commissioning new music and using the organ in collaborative settings, he has performed extensively throughout the US and Europe. He has worked in some of the most prominent church music programs in the States, including as Assistant Organist to John Scott at Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue, New York. Increasingly in demand as a teacher, Christian serves as primary instructor to Harvard organ students and has served on the faculty of the Oundle for Organists program in England. To know more about Christian, visit his website at www.christianlane.com.

Other 2011 CIOC Winners:

  • 2nd Prize: Jens Korndörfer, Germany
  • 3rd Prize (ex-aequo): Balthasar Baumgartner, Germany; Jean-Willy Kunz, France
  • Royal Canadian College of Organists Prize: Jared Ostermann, USA
  • Richard-Bradshaw Audience Prize: Jean-Willy Kunz, France
  • Liszt Prize: Jens Korndörfer, Germany
  • Alain Prize: Andreas Jud, Switzerland
  • Bach Prize: Yulia Yufereva, Russia

2008 First-Prize Winner:

Frédéric Champion
Frédéric Champion

Born in Lyon in 1976, French organist Frédéric Champion has won several prizes and awards for performing organ music from the 16th through the 21st century. Past awards in competitions include 1st Prize at the Minoru Yoshida Tokyo-Musashino Competition and “Bachpreisträger” at the Leipzig Bach Competition both in 2004; 2nd Prize at both the Concours de musique de chambre FNAPEC in Paris (organ & percussions) and the Luzern Competition in 2002; 1st Prize at the International Competition Gottfried Silbermann in 2001; 1st Prize at the International Competition “Musica Antiqua” in Bruges in 2000; and 3rd Prize at the Xavier Darasse International Competition in Toulouse in 1998. And most recently, in October 2008, Champion won 1st Prize and Audience Prize at the Canadian International Organ Competition in Montreal. Early on, Champion developed a fascination for music and started studying organ music as an autodidact. In 1994, he enters the Conservatoire National de Région in Lyon and studies organ with Louis Robilliard. He then studies organ with Michel Bouvard at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris organ and with Jan Willem Jansen at the Centre d’Études Supérieures de Musique (CESM) in Toulouse. Having performed regularly as a solo organist and with orchestras and choirs, Champion has given several concerts in France (Cathédrale de Chartres, Saint-Eustache in Paris), in Germany (Frauenkirche in Dresden, St. Thomas in Leipzig), in Russia, in Portugal and in Japan (Kawasaki Symphony Hall and Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Symphony Hall in Osaka). He has also created pieces exclusively for the organ, as well as for organ and percussions or choirs. Champion is also linked to transcribing symphonic pieces for the organ. Frédéric Champion has also performed with a number of orchestras as well as vocal or chamber music ensembles as a pianist and harpsichordist. In fact, his talent for improvisation extends to the organ, the piano and the harpsichord. A meeting with fortepianist Edoardo Torbianelli at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis provided Champion with a more global knowledge and encompassing vision of music. Following his victory at the 2008 Canadian International Organ Competition (CIOC)—a prestigious new competition in Montreal that plays an important role in recognizing and promoting the value of organ music—Frédéric Champion acts as its first ambassador and pursues an international career. To know more about Frédéric Champion, please visit his website at http://www.fredericchampion.com/topic/index.html.

Other 2008 CIOC Winners:

  • 2nd Prize: Andrew Dewar, United-Kingdom
  • 3rd Prize: Jens Korndörfer, Germany
  • Royal Canadian College of Organists Prize: Jonathan Oldengarm,  Canada
  • Richard-Bradshaw Audience Prize: Frédéric Champion, France
  • Messiaen Prize: Andrew Dewar, United-Kingdom
  • Bach Prize: Els Biesemans, Belgium