january 15.-23. 2021

The Wadden Sea International Organ Competition 2021 regrets to announce the cancellation of the competition scheduled to take place 15. -23. of January 2021 in Esbjerg due to the worldwide Covid19 pandemic.
The safety of all and constant changing restrictions worldwide during this pandemic, requires us to make this decision. 
We hope everyone stays safe and healthy.
And hope to hear all your playing again once this pandemic is over


Welcome to The 2nd Wadden Sea International Organ Competition – an international music competition for professional organists of all nationalities under the age of 35. 

The competition takes place in Denmark January 15 – 23, 2021 and is hosted by SDMK – Danish National Academy of Music in Esbjerg. 

The Wadden Sea is a unique piece of nature stretching from The Netherlands, through the North-Western Coast of Germany to the area around Ribe and Esbjerg in Denmark. Since 2009 The Wadden Sea has been on Unesco’s World Heritage List

Competitors will be judged by a jury of acclaimed organists. Winners will be awarded some of the highest monetary prizes in competitions of this kind and will also be offered concert engagements in a number of Danish venues in the years following the competition.

The competition is being organized by the Danish National Academy of Music.

Learn more...

  • Application opens: May 1st, 2020
  • Application deadline: September 1st, 2020
  • Prizes amount to a total of DKK 250.000 (approx. EUR 33.000) and concert engagements.
  • Application fee: DKK 750 (approx. EUR 100)
  • The competition takes place i Esbjerg and Ribe in Denmark
  • Open for organists under the age of 35

The organs

Click an organ to read more about it.

Ribe Cathedral
Danish National Academy of Music
Church of Our Savior

the wadden sea

There is a place where heaven and earth share the same stage

The Wadden Sea 1st International Organ Competition owes it name to a unique piece of nature, the Wadden Sea streching from The Netherlands, through the North-Western Coast of Germany through to the area around Ribe and Esbjerg in Denmark.

Whichever part of the Dutch, German or Danish North Sea coast or its islands you visit, you will be surveying an area that holds a natural beauty, unique in the world: the Wadden Sea. In June 2009 the Wadden Sea was added to the World Heritage List. Why is the Wadden Sea a World Heritage Site? And what does this mean? Find out more on this website.

Photo: Alex Berger

the jury

Hans Ola Ericsson (Chair)


Pier Damiano Peretti


Henry Fairs


Ja-Kyung Oh

South Korea

Mikkel Andreassen




Karin Nelson


Contact us!

Helle Ohrt, CEO
Wadden Sea International Organ Competition
Danish National Academy of Music
Kirkegade 61
DK-6700 Esbjerg