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The 1st All-Russian Youth Organ Competition

The 1st All-Russian Youth Organ Competition will be held in Saratov State Conservatoire from 6th till 10th of February. The leading organist of the Grote Kerk in Leeuwarden, Professor of the Prince Claus Conservatory Theo Yellema will play at the opening of the competition. 

Theo Yellema was born in Holland in 1955. Boy’s musical talent manifested itself very early. The musician grew up under a strong influence of rich organ traditions of Protestant Church. Till 1978 he studied organ under Professor Wim van Beck in Groningen conservatoire. In 1981 he won the prize at the P. Hofhaimer’s competition in Innsbruck. Since 2006, Theo Yellema has been the organist in the Grote Kerk in Leeuwarden famous for its Muller’s organ built in 1727. Theo Yellema enjoys playing it at church services and at his own recitals there.

Theo Yellema often tours of Europe and Japan. He performed all C. Franck’s compositions in1990, all O. Messiaen’s compositions in 1999, all J.S. Bach’s compositions in 2000 and all Fantastic pieces of L. Vierne in 2003. In 2003he was awarded a Silver Medal “Art-Science-Literature” for his achievements in the field of French music. The outstanding musician has been a jury member of many international organ competitions. His recitals on the historical organs were recorded on CD. Also, Theo Yellema is acknowledged as an expert in organ building.

In Saratov the organist will play compositions of different styles and epochs, from baroque to modern. The ensemble “Trio sonata” (Vladimir Sklyarenko (oboe), Elene Lelchuk (harpsichord, piano) and Lyudmila Dombrovsky (cello)) will perform together with Theo Yellema.

The concert will be held with support of “New music” Fund.

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