Sietze de Vries

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Sietze de Vries is an international concert organist and church musician.  His activities are focused on three main themes:

1. The promotion of historic organs, most especially in the Dutch province of Groningen. 
2. The performance of the art of improvisation.
3. Encouraging enthusiasm for both in younger generations.

These three activities are united in the Orgel Educatie Centrum Groningen, (‘Groningen Organ Education Centre’) of which Sietze de Vries is the Artistic Director. In this role, he is one of the organists of the historic Hinsz organ in the Petruskerk in Leens and of the Schnitger organ in the Jacobikerk in Uithuizen.

In addition to these two instruments, a significant number of the famous Groningen organs are used for various activities such as concerts, excursions and lessons. Students from both within the Netherlands and from abroad flock to Groningen to study, and the many organ excursions are testament to a vital and active organ culture. 

Sietze de Vries received his organ education from, among others, Wim van Beek and Jos van der Kooy, and with Jan Jongepier with whom, he also studied improvisation. He completed undergraduate and postgraduate organ studies as well as the Dutch professional church music diploma, specialising in improvisation. Sietze de Vries won no fewer than 15 prizes at national and international organ competitions, some whilst still a student at the Conservatories of Groningen and The Hague. These included first prize at the 2002 International Organ Improvisation Competition in Haarlem, where he had been a finalist in the previous two editions.

Sietze de Vries is internationally active, performing in many European countries as well as in the United States, Canada, Russia and Australia. As an improvisation teacher he is much in demand, holding the posts of Visiting Professor at Southern University in Collegedale TN (USA).

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