Beautiful performances at the Saint-Maurice Organ Competition!

The candidates of the Concours International pour Orgues de Saint-Maurice, in Valais, Switzerland have offered brilliant performances and unforgettable moments this summer! This year, the organ being restored at the Abbaye, the competition was relocated in different places: 12 musicians from all over the world gathered in the Church of Saint-Sigismond for the quarter finals; the semi-finals took place in Saint-Martin Church in Vevey and the finals in the Lausanne Cathedral. 

Most importantly, all the performances took place anonymously: the jury, seated in the church, had their backs turned to the candidates, who played in the gallery above the portal.

Tom Rioult, 1st Prize

Anna Spirina, 2nd Prize


First Prize: Tom Rioult

Second Prize and Audience Prize: Anna Spirina

Third Prize: Alexander de Bie



Richard Dubugnon (chair); Cindy Castillo; Jean-Christophe Geiser; Andrea Macinanti; Monica Melcova; Vincent Thévenaz; Daniel Zaretsky

The jury gathered 6 specialists of the discipline, chaired by Richard Dubugnon, renown composer. He also is the author of a historical Oratorio on the Saint-Maurice Abbaye: "The Mystery of Agaune". 

The three official prizes were awarded by the Canton du Valais, the City of Saint-Maurice and the Georges Cramer Foundation. This year, besides the competition, the organizers planed numerous concerts, master classes, conferences and guided visits.