Open (Final): Christopher Wrench and Sarah Kim
Intermediate: Sarah Kim
Internationally acclaimed organist Christopher Wrench is equally at home in the cathedrals and concert halls of the world as soloist, ensemble and liturgical musician. Born in Brisbane in 1958, he is a graduate of the Queensland and Vienna Conservatoria and the Vienna University of Music. International recognition followed performances at the Vienna Konzerthaus, St Stephen’s Cathedral (Vienna), Austrian radio and major competitions in Melbourne (1st Prize, 1985), Dublin (2nd Prize), St Alban’s UK (Audience Prize), Calgary and Odense/Denmark (1st Prize, 1992).
A regular recitalist at major venues throughout Australia, he has also appeared as concerto soloist with the Adelaide Chamber Orchestra, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Canberra Symphony Orchestra, the Camerata of St John’s, the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and the Queensland Youth Symphony Orchestra. Twenty international tours include Austria, Canada, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, England (including King’s College Cambridge, Westminster Abbey, Bournemouth Festival), Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Norway and Sweden. His Melba recording of Bach’s Organ Sonatas received rave reviews from around the globe. Following 18 years as Organist/Music Director at St Mary’s Kangaroo Point, Christopher Wrench was appointed Director of Music at Christ Church St Lucia in 2013. He is organist at the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and curator of Brisbane Baroque 2016 ‘All Stops Out’.
Sarah Kim is a young Australian organist of Korean origin who is currently based in Paris. She began her musical studies in Cologne at an early age on the piano and violin, and began organ lessons at the age of eleven with Miriam Gaydon in Sydney. She later studied with Philip Swanton at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where she graduated from a Bachelor of Music Performance course with First Class Honours and the Sydney University Medal. During her student days at the Conservatorium Sarah held several organ scholar positions at the University of Sydney, St Paul’s College and St James’ Anglican Church. She performed with numerous ensembles including the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Australian Youth Orchestra and the Sydney Chamber Choir. As a soloist she performed in major concert venues including the Sydney and Melbourne Town Halls and the Sydney Opera House.
Sarah was awarded a University of Sydney overseas travelling scholarship at the end of her studies and became the first Australian organist to be accepted into the ‘Cycle de Perfectionnement’ at the Paris Conservatoire, where she studied under the tuition of Olivier Latry and Michel Bouvard. She also studied with Wolfgang Zerer, Andrea Marcon, Lorenzo Ghielmi and Jörg-
Sydney Organ Competition
|St Aloysius College Chapel|