Composer competition for St. Vitus Cathedral

Musical publishing house of Cesky rozhlas and Svatovitske Varhany Fund announce an organ composition competition at the opportunity of introducing new organ by Gerhard Grenzig.

The St. Vitus, Wenceslaus and Adalbert Cathedral of the Prague Castle, the most important sacral heritage of Czech lands, lacked an adequate organ whose sound would fill the entire building. 

The idea to fit the cathedral with a proper organ was born in 1919, at the event of its completion. Since then, several attempts to build a new organ have been launched, yet all in vain. The issue moved forward only in 2017 after a fund was created. After careful consideration, barcelonian craftsman Gerhard Grenzig, who specialises in organs, was chosen to finish the instrument. The organ give its first official sound, blessed by cardinal Dominik Duka, Archbishop of Prague on 15th of June 2020, on St. Vitus Day. 

Competition terms:

Applied composers submit one composition for organ solo, about 10 minutes long, with one or more movements. This composition must respect the dispositions of the new St. Vitus Cathedral organ.

Organ dispositions and further terms of competitions can be found at the website od Cesky Rozhlas Music Publishing House and at our site.

Compositions can be submitted at last on January 15th 2020

Jury: organinst and teacher prof. Jan Hora, composer and teacher prof. Ivan Kurz, organist and teacher Josef Popelka, composer Jiri Teml and dean of the Paedagogical Faculty of Hradec Kralove University doc. Frantisek Vanicek.


1.   monetary award and publishing of the winning composition by Cesky rozhlas

2.   playing the composition on the new organ complete with a professional recording by Cesky rozhlas

3.   releasing the recording through digital distribution and presentation of Cesky rozhlas

Český rozhlas, hudební vydavatelství, Římská 13, 120 00 Praha 2

Bohemian Heritage Fund, nadační fond, Hvězdova 1716/2b, 140 78 Praha 4

Nadační fond Svatovítské varhany, Hradčanské náměstí 56/16, 119 02 Praha 1 – Hradčany