Organ composition competition

The International Kaija Saariaho Organ Composition Competition celebrates Musiikkitalo’s new and unparalleled Rieger concert organ.

The competition will produce new and interesting solo organ works and concertos for organ and symphony orchestra and promote cooperation among organists, composers, and orchestras. The competition has three series: concertos for organ and symphony orchestra, works for chamber orchestra and organ, and solo organ works.

The new works will be performed at concerts throughout the organ’s opening year in 2024. The Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra and the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra will perform the concertos together with an organist. Ensembles and musicians (whose names will be published later) will perform the chamber orchestra and solo organ works.

More information is available via the competition office:

Welcome, and good luck!

New technology and features for contemporary music - watch video gallery

Susanne Kujala and Jan Lehtola visited the Rieger Organ of St. Martin’s Church in Kassel, Germany on 31st of January, 2022 and documented their experiences with new organ features on video. The video provides excellent info for composers regarding the upcoming Musiikkitalo Organ and the competition.  

Explore the video gallery here


The competition opens on 27 March 2020.

The deadline for submitting compositions is 29 October 2022.

By 1 May 2023, the jury will choose 2 concertos for organ and symphony orchestra, 2–4 works for chamber orchestra and organ and 2–6 solo organ works that will be given their first public performances in 2024.