The Canadian International Organ Competition (CIOC) announced the winners of its 2021 competition on October 24.
Aaron Tan (Canada/Philippines) is the winner, with a $25,000 CAD prize along with recording and distribution of a CD under the ATMA Classique label, a three-year career management for North America with Karen McFarlane Artists, Inc., and a three-year career development program by the CIOC. Second prize of $15,000 CAD is awarded to Ben Bloor (United Kingdom). Third prize is awarded equally to Bryan Anderson (United States) and Tyler Boehmer (Canada), with $7,500 CAD each.
Tan was also awarded the Sir Ernest MacMillan Memorial Foundation Award of $5,000 CAD as the top Canadian competitor in the recorded quarter-final round of the competition; the RCCO Raymond-Daveluy Prize of $5,000 CAD, an online vote by the audience for its favorite organist among the competition quarter finalists; and the Marcel-Dupré Prize of $5,000 CAD for the best interpretation of the competition work by Dupré.
Anastasia Stahl (Russia) was presented the Quarter-Final Round Audience Prize and the Richard-Bradshaw Audience Prize (for the final round) of $5,000 CAD each. Anderson was also awarded the Louis-Robilliard Prize of $5,000 CAD for the best interpretation of a transcription by Robilliard. Bloor was presented the Spinelli Prize of $5,000 CAD for the best overall program.
For information: ciocm.org/en.
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