The inaugural Longwood Gardens International Organ Competition drew musicians from around the world to compete for the largest cash award for an organ competition anywhere: the $40,000 Pierre S. du Pont First Prize. Open to organists between the ages of 18 and 30, the Competition began with a qualification round that featured performers from nine different countries. An audition jury comprising six esteemed members of the organ community anonymously evaluated the competitors' audition recordings and selected 10 of the organ world's brightest rising stars to compete live before a panel of renowned judges in a quest for the top prize. Benjamin Sheen was awarded the Pierre S. du Pont First Prize on June 22, 2013.
Listen to the program from the 2013 Competition, broadcasted on Pipedreams' "Longwood Laureates". Michael Barone, host and senior executive producer of Pipedreams, will return to host the 2016 Competition.
The documentary follows the competitors behind-the-scenes as the drama unfolds, leading up to the announcement of the Pierre S. du Pont First Prize winner. This documentary was made possible by the support of our generous sponsors, and the vision of established filmmaker and producer Eric Schultz of PCK Media.
Lead Sponsor Wilmington Trust
Sponsors Frederick R. Haas Legacy Fund Crystal Trust 1916 Foundation