Organ composition competition

The International Kaija Saariaho Organ Composition Competition results were announced on Thu 27 April 2023


Category A, 12,000

Federico Perotti (IT) 

Tomi Räisänen (FIN)

Category B, 5,000

Bálint Karosi (HUN) 

Artturi Rönkä (FIN)

Category C, 5,000

Luc Antonini (FR)

Yves Balmer (FR)

Zacharias Ehnvall (SWE)

Simon Holt (UK)

Ere Lievonen (FIN) 

Mauricio Silva Orendain (MEX)

Qi Chang (CHI)

Special prizes

Suomen Säveltäjät ry (The Society of Finnish Composers), special prize, €3,000
Balint Karosi (HUN) 

Kirkkomusiikin säveltäjät ry (The Church Music Composers’ Association), special prize, €1,000 Cuesta Gorka (SPA)

Lahden kansainvälinen urkuviikko (The Lahti Organ Festival), special prize, €2,400
Gunnar Idenstam (SWE)

Watch the award ceremony live from the Helsinki Music Centre Organo Hall on Thu 27 April from 5:30 pm (EET)

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

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 will perform the chamber orchestra and solo organ works.

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.

More information is available via the competition office:

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.