Open (Final): Christopher Wrench and Sarah Kim

Intermediate: Sarah Kim

Junior:Christopher Wrench

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-Andreas Bötticher at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, where she completed a specialised Masters degree in early music.

Prize-winner of the Sydney, Newcastle and Paris International Organ Competitions, Sarah has given masterclasses at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and  the Oundle International Summer Academy in the UK.   Since her arrival in Europe she has maintained a busy performing schedule.   She has played at Notre-Dame Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, Mont St Michel, the Royal Chapel in Versailles, Stavanger Concert Hall, St Bavokerk in Haarlem, the Musikverein in Vienna and the Berlin Philharmonie.   Sarah has featured as soloist with the Swedish Baroque Orchestra and the Oxford Band of Instruments, and the Bordeaux Orchestra.   She plays regularly with the Parisian ensemble ‘Le Balcon’ and the French National Orchestra.   She has given several concerts with Jean Guillou, the Rachmaninov Symphonic Dances transcribed by Guillou.   She has recorded on the Riepp organ in Ottobeuren Abbey and will be recording later this year at the St Matthias-Kirche in Berlin.

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