The eight „Daniel Herz“ competition will take place between the 21st and 29th of september 2024 on the Pirchner organ in the cathedral and the Herz/Ahrend organ in the „Frauenkirche“ of Brixen/Bressanone.

Organists of all nations can participate, who are not born before 31.12.1984.The competition will consist of one preselectional recording, one elimination round in two parts and a final audition.

Prizes are as follows:
EUR 5,000 first prize

EUR 3,000 second prize
EUR 2,000 third prize

Moreover, the Committee will arrange some concerts for the winners, e.g.:
Brixen: „Brixner Orgelkonzerte“
Bozen: „Bolzano organ summer“
„Südtirol Festival Merano.Meran“
St. Pauls: „Pauls Sakral“
Badia: „Festival Badiamusica“
Sand in Taufers: „Musikultur Taufers“
Treviso: “Festival Organi storici del Vicentino- patrimonio da ascoltare“

The Jury will consist of:
Jeremy Joseph  Austria (chair)
Bernard Foccroulle  Belgium
Marie Zahrádková Czech Republic
Franz Comploi Italy

Coordinator: Philipp Comploi
Organisation: Verband der Kirchenmusik Südtirol / Cusanus Academy, Bressanone

Participation rules / application

The application form must be send by mail within April 15th, 2024 to


The following items must be enclosed to the application:

  • Name, Surname, Postal Address and Mobile Phone Number, 
  • a copy of the identity card or passport
  • a detailed artistic biography
  • a live (uncut) recording (MP3 or WAV) with the following program:
    1.) J.S.Bach: Christ, unser Herr, zum Jordan kam, BWV 684   or   J.S.Bach: Jesus Christus unser Heiland, BWV 688
    2.) F. Mendelssohn Bartholdy: Allegro maestoso aus der Sonate für Orgel in D-Dur op.65 Nr.5/3
    (if sending the audio files per mail or file download please name as follows: „Composer_Surname_Name“)
  • a written and signed declaration that the enclosed recording is authentic; the date and place of recording should be clearly noted.

After the deadline for the registration, the jury will choose 20 participants from the registrated candidates. The selected participants pay a registration fee of Euro 80,00 after the confirmation of their participation. The registration will be considered valid as soon as the Organization has received the registration fee. Upon failure to attend the competition, there will be no refund of the registration fee.

Participants are responsible for travel and accommodation costs. (On request cheap accommodation can be arranged at the „Cusanus Academy“).


The elimination round is devided in two recitals and will take place on the Pirchner organ in the cathedral and on the Herz/Ahrend organ in the “Frauenkirche”. The final exam will take place again in the cathedral of Brixen/Bressanone. They are open for the public.

Stop assistants will be provided by the Organizational Committee.The participants are going to play anonymously and the order of appearance will be determined by random drawing.

The decisions of the Jury are final and not subject to review or appeal.

At the conclusion of the competition the winners will give a gala concert (Sunday 29th September 2024 at 8 PM). The Organizational Committee has sole rights over possible audio or video recordings made during the contest.

All participants accept the present regulation.