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A group of young organists from across France are in Melbourne to perform a recital of seven works by composers Faure, Dupre, Durufle and Messiaen at St Patrick’s Cathedral last week. The event was organised by the great French Organist, Johann Vexo.
The organists, aged in their early to mid-twenties hail from various educational and professional backgrounds.
Alexandre Bonnemort is a 22 year-old Parisian sound engineer student at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique in Paris who also studied piano at the Paris Regional Conservatory.
Born in Montpellier, Jean Nouvel-Alaux has studied organ at both the Toulouse Conservatory Parish Regional Conservatory and recently became organist and choirmaster at the Saint-Joseph Hospital’s Chapel in Paris. Jean is also a student at the Parish Faculty of Pharmacy.
Jean Poitevin, is a 6th year student at Anglers Medical School who had a passion for music in his youth and subsequently studied at the Angers Conservatory and was appointed organist of the French historical organ of the Prytanee National Militaire in La Fleche and is now involved in various projects devoted to this organ and early music.
Bonnemort, Nokuvel-Alaux and Poitevin all received Premier Prix (First Prize) at the Conservatories they studied at.
Finally, we have Arthur Scandola who hails all the way from a small city located in the Champagne region of France called Saint-Dizier. Arthur was a student at Reims Conservatory and is now continuing his organ program in Parish and is pursuing higher degree studies in Art History and Archaelogy at the Ecole du Louvre in Paris.
Director of Music at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dr Paul Taylor
described the night as a ‘great feast of organ colour and light and the rich
spirit of the famous French Organist-Composers from the 19th and 20th Centuries
enlivened by the gifted talents of the four Organists under the wise teaching
of Johann Vexo, Choir Organist at Notre-Dame Cathedral, Paris.’