French organist Erwan Le Prado takes the audience on a journey through time in France, presenting masterpieces of organ music from the Renaissance to the present. The first part will focus on compositions on Gregorian chant; on August 15, the feast of the Assumption of Mary, it will be a Magnificat and other melodies dedicated to the Virgin Mary. In the second part we will dive into the world of psalms. The works of Boyvin and De Grigny are among the highlights of French classical organ art. They are suites of characteristic movements that present the typical French organ sounds and at the same time let us feel the closeness of this music to courtly culture, ballet and opera. Variations on the "Huguenot Psalm" by A. Isoir prove that this music has not only a museum value, but can also inspire modern composers to their own creations. He succeeds in combining different influences (Baroque music, but also Bartok or J. Alain) to take us into a whirlpool of colors and sounds.
Erwan Le Prado studied at the Caen Conservatory and was then taught by Pierre Pincemaille, André Isoir, Michel Chapuis, Olivier Latry and Marie-Claire Alain. At the age of 15, he entered the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, from which he graduated with distinction. After various competition successes, Erwan Le Prado was awarded 1st prize at the Swiss Organ Competition in Geneva in 1999 and won what is probably the most important organ competition of all, the Grand Prix de Chartres, in the summer of 2000.
His career as a concert organist has taken Erwan Le Prado all over the world. He has also played as a soloist with renowned orchestras and taught in master classes in various countries, from France and England to South Africa, China and Japan. He is also in demand internationally as a competition adjudicator. Currently, Erwan Le Prado teaches as Professor of Organ Interpretation and Improvisation at the Caen Conservatory. He is titulaire of the Cavaillé-Coll organ in the Abbatiale Saint-Etienne in Caen and of the Historic Parisot organ (1746) in Falaise.
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