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Thierry Escaich

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Thierry Escaich performs European premiere of Organ Concerto No.3 with Orchestre National de Lyon

11 November 2017

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Philharmonie de Paris

Thierry Escaich returns to the Orchestre National de Lyon this November to perform the European premiere of his third organ concerto Quatre Visages du temps. Leonard Slatkin conducts the orchestra in a performance in Auditorium de Lyon on 25 November before bringing the concerto to Escaich’s home city at the Philharmonie de Paris on 26 November.


Escaich gave the world premiere of the concerto this summer in Japan, on tour with Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa. The four movements of the work echo four periods of the history of music, developing themes and genres through each movement, before the final brusque movement returns to the original theme, distilling a feeling of eternity.


Escaich gives the US premiere of the work next July at the 2018 American Guild of Organists National Convention in Kansas City.

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Thierry Escaich gives cine-concert at the Berliner Philharmonie

24 September 2017

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Thierry Escaich opens the Berliner Philharmonie’s 2017/18 organ series on 8 October 2017 with a live improvisation to Hans Kyser’s Luther. Kyser’s 1928 historical drama presents the life of reformer Martin Luther in monumental images; Luther joining the monastery, his decisive journey to Rome, nailing his theses in Wittenberg and, finally, his excommunication.


After the film’s premiere in 1928, the star-studded film was the cause of serious sectarian controversy and political protests, which led to the film biography being censored some 40 times. Escaich performs to the unabridged original version found in the depths of the German Federal Archive, which has now been extensively restored.


Escaich last performed at the Berliner Philharmonie in September 2015 performing Saint-Saëns Symphony No.3 with the Berliner Philharmoniker. Click here to watch a clip of the performance.

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Thierry Escaich closes the Mariinsky International Organ Festival with Valery Gergiev

15 September 2017

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Mariinsky Theatre

Thierry Escaich, the artistic director of the Mariinsky International Organ Festival, gives the closing concert of the fifth iteration of the festival on 29 September 2017. Escaich joins the Mariinsky Orchestra and Valery Gergiev to perform Barber Toccata Festiva, part of programme that also features his own Claude: Symphonic Suite, which is based on his opera Claude.


Escaich is a regular guest at the Mariinsky Theatre and next performs at the hall in January 2018, when he gives a solo recital.


Escaich's other engagements this month have included a solo recital at the Stockholm International Organ Festival and his debut with the La Monnaie Symphony Orchestra at the BOZAR in Brussels.

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Thierry Escaich makes debut with La Monnaie Symphony Orchestra

03 September 2017

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La Monnaie

Thierry Escaich makes his debut with La Monnaie Symphony Orchestra on 17 September 2017. Escaich joins the orchestra and conductor Alain Altinoglu at the BOZAR in Brussels to perform Poulenc Litanies a la Vierge Noire and Berber Toccata Festiva.


Elsewhere this month, Escaich gives a solo recital at the Stockholm International Organ Festival, performing a programme that mixes works by Mendelssohn and Vierne with his own improvisations, which have received worldwide acclaim:


"It was Escaich the composer who shone brightest... able to rarefy the feral fecundity heard in the improvisations, trimming the excess fat and boiling it down to its most vital flavors. No. 3, based on the Passiontide chorale 'Herzliebster Jesu,' was especially intense, an anxious, guilt-ridden gnawing of the fingernails..."
Washington Post


“… improvisations overflowing with imagination and pages of Bach mastery, inspiring jubilation.”
Le Monde de la Musique

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Thierry Escaich gives world premiere of Organ Concerto No.3 on tour in Japan

04 July 2017

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Thierry Escaich performs the world premiere of his Organ Concerto No.3 with Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa on a Japanese tour, beginning at Ishikawa Ongakudo on 18 July 2017. The tour, which is conducted by Michiyoshi Inoue, also visits Nasunogahara Harmony Hall (20 July), Municipal Music Hall (21 July) and Muza Kawasaki Symphony Hall on 23 July.


Escaich Organ Concerto No.3 is co-commissioned by Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa, the American Guild of Organists and Orchestre National de Lyon and Escaich gives the European premiere in November 2017 with Leonard Slatkin and Orchestre National de Lyon.

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Thierry Escaich opens 25th Stars of the White Nights Music Festival at the Mariinsky Theatre

15 May 2017

Thierry Escaich returns to St Petersburg this month to open the Stars of the White Nights Music Festival with one of his world-famous silent film improvisations at the Mariinsky Theatre on 29 May 2017. Escaich improvises to Victor Sjöström’s 1928 romantic classic The Wind. Escaich is a regular guest at the Mariinsky and is Artistic Director of their International Organ Festival, which is held each Autumn.


Escaich also gives a cine-concert in Liestal on 5 May, improvising to the 1925 silent film The Phantom of the Opera.


Further highlights for Escaich this season include the world premiere of his third organ concerto with the Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa and appearances with the Orchestre National de Lille and the Orchestra of La Monnaie.

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Thierry Escaich: Baroque Song released on Sony France

28 April 2017

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Baroque Song on Presto Classical

A compilation of the works of Thierry Escaich has been released by Sony France. On the new recording the Orchestre de l'Opéra de Lyon, conducted by Alexandre Bloch, performs Escaich Baroque Song, Clarinet Concerto, joined by soloist Paul Meyer, Erinnerung and the Symphonic Suite from his opera Claude on the new record, released on 28 April 2017.


The album has been greeted with critical acclaim:


“…Thierry Escaich affirme un beau tempérament inspiré : dans ce nouveau recueil discographique édité chez Sony classical, s’imposent à nous la vitalité suggestive, furieusement poétique grâce à un sens de l’orchestration souvent passionnant…“


“…Thierry Escaich affirms a beautifully inspired temperament: in this new collection published by Sony classical, the suggestive vitality, furiously poetic thanks to an often exciting sense of orchestration…”
Classique News, May 2017

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Thierry Escaich: L’Aube Exaltée receives world premiere at the Aix-en-Provence Festival de Pâques

04 April 2017

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Festival de Pâques

Thierry Escaich’s new string sextet, L’Aube Exaltée, receives its world premiere at the Festival de Pâques Aix-en-Provence in Le Grand Théâtre de Provence on 18 April 2017. The new work is performed by Renaud Capuçon's Quatuor Capuçon, which is completed by Guillaume Chilemme, Marie Chilemme and Adrien La Marca.


The concert, at 8.30pm, is preceded that evening by an Escaich portrait concert at the Conservatory Darius Milhaud at 6pm. Escaich joins the Wanderer Trio and Claire-Marie Le Guay to present a varied programme of his works including Choral’s Dream and Lettres mêlées.

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Thierry Escaich performs Fritz Lang cine-concert at Auditorium de Lyon

26 February 2017

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Thierry Escaich returns to the Auditorium de Lyon to perform a cine-concert on 12 March 2017. Escaich improvises to Fritz Lang’s 1921 film Les Trois Lumieres (Der müde Tod), which is rich in special effects and explores the love story of a woman who is given three chances to save her lover.


Escaich regularly improvises to silent films, and is famed for his improvisatory skills:


“As an organist, Escaich is one of the world’s finest improvisers, crafting immense and compelling works ‘on the spot’”
Fanfare


“An appealing virtuoso, with a staggering technique…Escaich also ranks among the great French improvisers…”
Guardian


Escaich next returns to the Auditorium de Lyon in April to join Orchestre National de Lyon as soloist for Poulenc’s Organ Concerto

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Thierry Escaich named as Composer of the Year at the Victoires de la Musique Classique Awards

07 February 2017

Thierry Escaich has been awarded the Composer of the Year for the fourth time at the 24th annual Les Victoires de la Musique Classique Awards for his oratorio Cris. The annual French classical music awards celebrate the best of French Classical music; the other nominees in the composer category were Bruno Mantovani for String Quartet No.3 and Martin Matalon for his opera L’Ombre de Veneceslao.


Cris was premiered on 19 June 2016 by Pierre Val as speaker, Les Cris de Paris, Trio K/D/M and Nomos Cello ensemble conducted by Geoffroy Jourdain. It was written to commemorate the Battle of Verdun, one of the largest and longest battles of the First World War on the Western Front, and takes inspiration from Laurent Gaudé’s novel Cris.

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Thierry Escaich: World premiere recording of Psalmos released by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

18 January 2017

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The world premiere recording of Thierry Escaich’s Psalmos, by Louis Langrée and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, has been released by Fanfare Cincinatti. Psalmos was commissioned by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra as part of Langrée’s 2016-2017 season-long Concerto for Orchestra Project.


The recording also features world premieres of two other concertos for orchestra commissioned by the CSO: Zhou Tian’s Concerto for Orchestra, and Sebastian Currier’s FLEX, each of which were also recorded live at Music Hall during the premiere performances of the works in November 2015 and May 2016.


Click here to watch Escaich discussing the composition of Psalmos. The disk is now available on Amazon and iTunes.

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Thierry Escaich performs in St Petersburg & Frankfurt

28 December 2016

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Thierry Escaich returns to the Mariinsky Theatre on 11 January 2017 to perform a chamber concert with Denis Kashin (double bass) and Andrei Khotin (percussion), following a solo recital at Perm Philharmonie on 8 January. Escaich, Kashin and Khotin perform a programme of Fauré, Bartók, J.S. Bach, Petr Eben and Escaich.


Escaich then travels to Frankfurt, where he performs solo improvisations on Bach and Brahms at the Alte Oper on 12 and 13 January alongisde his own Concerto for Violin and Oboe performed by Lisa Batiashvili, François Leleux and the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Andrés Orozco-Estrada.

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Thierry Escaich performs Poulenc and Saint-Saëns at the Megaron with Athens State Orchestra

18 November 2016

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Thierry Escaich returns to Greece this month to perform with Athens State Orchestra on 2 December 2016. Escaich joins the orchestra at the Megaron to perform a double bill of Poulenc Concerto for Organ and Saint-Saëns Symphony No.3 in C minor, which is preceded by Bach Fantasia and Fugue in B minor.


Escaich then travels to Switzerland where he gives a solo recital at Französische Kirche, Bern on 8 December. His programme includes his world famous improvisations alongside works by Alain, de Grigny and Vierne.

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Thierry Escaich gives solo recital at Wiener Konzerthaus

13 November 2016

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Thierry Escaich returns to Wiener Konzerthaus to give a solo recital on 27 November 2016. The programme comprises of de Grigny, Vierne, Brahms and Elgar interspersed with Escaich’s organ improvisations. Escaich is renowned for his improvisatory skills:


“… improvisations overflowing with imagination and pages of Bach mastery, inspiring jubilation.”
Le Monde de la Musique


“His performance was so thrilling that the audience leaped up to applaud at the end.”
Cleveland Plain Dealer


Escaich then travels to Paris to give a cine-concert at Radio France on 28 November, for which he improvises to the silent film version of Fritz Lang's seminal Metropolis.

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Thierry Escaich opens the Mariinsky Organ Festival

06 October 2016

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Thierry Escaich returns to the Mariinsky Concert Hall on 20 October 2016 to give the opening concert of the IV International Organ Festival with the Mariinsky Orchestra and Valery Gergiev. Escaich joins the orchestra to perform his Organ Concerto No.2 in a programme which also includes Haydn Keyboard Concerto No.1 and Guilmant Adagio for Organ and Orchestra.


Escaich regularly performs at the Mariinsky, most recently opening the XXIV Stars Of The White Nights Music Festival in May 2016, and returns for a recital with Denis Kashin and Andrei Khotin in January 2017.

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Thierry Escaich inaugurates new organ at Basilique Notre-Dame d'Alençon

19 August 2016

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Thierry Escaich joins the orchestra of Opéra de Rouen on 2 September 2016 for a concert inaugurating the new organ at the Basilique Notre-Dame in Alençon, in what is also the opening concert of Festival Septembre Musical de l’Orne.


Escaich performs several works for solo organ alongside his own Organ Concerto No.2 and Poulenc Organ Concerto, conducted by Pieter-Jelle de Boer.


Escaich’s next concerto performance is the opening concert of the 4th International Organ Festival at the Mariinsky Theatre, where he performs his Organ Concerto No.2.

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Thierry Escaich: World premiere of Salve Regina at Festival International de Musiques Sacrées

25 June 2016

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Thierry Escaich’s new work, Salve Regina, receives its world premiere at Festival International de Musiques Sacrées, Fribourg on 9 July 2016. Commissioned especially by the festival, Salve Regina is performed by Capella Amsterdam and conducted by Daniel Reuss at Église du Collège Saint-Michel.


Escaich also gives a recital at the festival on 3 July. He performs with students from Haute École de Musique Vaud Valais Fribourg in a programme of Escaich, Langlais and René Oberson. Escaich continues appearances at festivals this summer with a recital at Festival de Lessay in August with Christian-Pierre La Marca.

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Thierry Escaich: World premiere of Psalmos with Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

25 May 2016

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Thierry Escaich’s new work, Psalmos, received its world premiere performances on 6 and 7 May 2016 at Cincinnati Music Hall with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and conductor Louis Langrée. The new concerto was commissioned by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra as part of Louis Langrée’s season-long Concerto for Orchestra Project, which also sees new concertos by Sebastian Currier and Zhou Tian.


Escaich also joined the orchestra in the second half of each concert to perform Saint-Saëns Symphony No.3 in C minor. This concert followed two solo US recitals by Escaich in San Francisco Davies Hall and Washington’s Kennedy Center.


The Cincinnati Enquirer wrote that Psalmos was “a fascinating piece, well-constructed and well-played. It was sophisticated writing, with inventive working out of snippets of chorale tunes, brilliant ostinato (repeating) passages and long themes for the trombones and basses."


Of the Saint-Saëns, they commented: “Thierry Escaich’s tones provided a soft, rich carpet under the lustrous sounds of the Cincinnati strings. It was serene and moving”.

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Thierry Escaich opens the 24th Stars of the White Nights Music Festival at the Mariinsky Theatre

12 May 2016

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Thierry Escaich returns to the Mariinsky Theatre on 26 May 2016 to open the 24th Stars of the White Nights Music Festival. Escaich gives an all-French solo recital, including works by Dupré, Duruflé and one of his own improvisations on themes by Prokofiev. Curated by Valery Gergiev, the festival’s mission is “to serve as a musical gift to the city of St. Petersburg from the Mariinsky Theatre’s performers and soloists’”, and sees over 160 performances from 26 May to 24 July.


Escaich also performs a cine-concert as part of the Festival on 30 May, improvising to the 1927 silent film Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans.

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Thierry Escaich: World premiere of Concerto for Orchestra No.2 with Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

Thierry Escaich’s new work, Concerto for Orchestra No. 2, receives its world premiere performances on 6 and 7 May 2016 at Cincinnati Music Hall with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and conductor Louis Langrée. The new concerto was commissioned by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra as part of Louis Langrée’s season-long Concerto for Orchestra Project, which also sees new concertos by Sebastian Currier and Zhou Tian.


Escaich also joins the orchestra in the second half of each concert to perform Saint-Saëns Symphony No.3 in C minor. This concert follows two solo US recitals by Escaich in San Francisco and Washington.

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Thierry Escaich tours to Abu Dhabi with Orchestre de Paris

01 April 2016

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Thierry Escaich embarks on tour with the Orchestre de Paris to the Abu Dhabi Festival on 15 April 2016. Escaich joins the orchestra to close a programme of Berlioz and Lalo with Saint-Saëns Symphony No.3 in C minor under the baton of Paavo Järvi in concert at the Emirates Palace Auditorium.


Escaich is a regular collaborator with the Orchestre de Paris and performed at the inauguration of the new organ at Philharmonie de Paris earlier this season.

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Thierry Escaich gives solo recital & improvisation at Mariinsky Theatre

01 March 2016

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Thierry Escaich returns to the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg to give a solo recital on 15 March 2016. The programme comprises of Brahms, Vierne, Stravinsky and closes with an Escaich Improvised Symphony. A regular guest at the Mariinsky, Escaich last performed in St Petersburg in November 2015 when he performed the closing concert at the International Organ Festival with the Mariinksy Orchestra and Valery Gergiev.


Following his recital in St Petersburg Escaich continues to Samara where he performs a solo recital in collaboration with Philharmonie d'Etat de Samara on 17 March before returning to France to perform a ciné-concert in Auditorium de Lyon, improvising to Les Ailes, on 20 March.

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Thierry Escaich improvises to The Phantom of the Opera at the Philharmonie de Paris

24 January 2016

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Thierry Escaich performs a cine-concert at the Philharmonie de Paris on 7 February 2016, improvising to the 1925 silent film The Phantom of the Opera, which was inspired by the novel by Gaston Leroux. Earlier this season, Escaich performed at the inauguration of the new organ at Philharmonie de Paris, performing a 20 minute solo improvisation as well as Saint Saëns Symphony No.3 'Organ' in October 2015.


Escaich's performance at the Philharmonie follows recent cine-concerts in Buenos Aires and Montreal in December and January, when he also performed live improvisations to The Phantom of the Opera. He gives a further cine-concert in Lyon in March.

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Thierry Escaich performs Metropolis cine-concert in Montreal

09 January 2016

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Thierry Escaich travels to Canada on 23 January 2016 to perform a cine-concert in Montreal Symphony House. Escaich improvises along to the silent film version of Fritz Lang's Metropolis, and recently improvised to Phantom of the Opera at Centro Cultural Kirchner in Buenos Aires in December. Escaich improvises to Phantom of the Opera again on 7 February 2016 at the Philharmonie de Paris.


Escaich's improvisatory skills have been widely praised:


“His performance was so thrilling that the audience leaped up to applaud at the end.”
Cleveland Plain Dealer


“Not only does Thierry Escaich play these pieces by Duruflé with a virtuosity that combines great insight and feeling, but he also shows what a brilliant improviser he can be in the inspired glosses of the 4 Commentaires improvisés.”
Le Monde 

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Thierry Escaich performs Phantom of the Opera silent film improvisation in Buenos Aires

22 November 2015

Thierry Escaich travels to Argentina on 6 December 2015 to perform at the newly-opened Centro Cultural Kirchner in Buenos Aires. Escaich improvises along to the silent film version of Phantom of the Opera. Escaich regularly improvises along to silent film, with further performances including Metropolis in Montreal in January 2016, and in February 2016 he improvises to Phantom of the Opera again, this time at the Philharmonie de Paris.


Aside from improvising to silent film, Escaich regularly includes improvisation in his solo recital programmes for which he has been highly praised.


“… improvisations overflowing with imagination and pages of Bach mastery, inspiring jubilation.”
Le Monde de la Musique


“His performance was so thrilling that the audience leaped up to applaud at the end.”
Cleveland Plain Dealer

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Thierry Escaich closes International Organ Festival with Mariinsky Orchestra and Valery Gergiev

23 October 2015

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Mariinsky Orchestra

Thierry Escaich returns to the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg on 6 November 2015, when he closes the International Organ Festival with a performance of Poulenc’s Organ Concerto alongside Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra. Escaich is a regular guest at the Mariinsky Theatre, last performing there in July as part of the White Nights Festival, and he returns there in March 2016 to give a solo recital.

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Thierry Escaich returns to London for organ recital at Royal Festival Hall

19 October 2015

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Southbank Centre

Thierry Escaich returns to London in November for a recital at the Royal Festival Hall on 2 November 2015, part of Pull out all the Stops, Southbank Centre's International Organ Series. The programme for the recital includes works by Bach, Vierne, Alain and Escaich's arrangements of Liszt's Préludes, and ends with an improvisation. Escaich last performed in London during this summer's BBC Proms, giving an organ recital at the Royal Albert Hall.

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Thierry Escaich: World Premiere of 'Litanies pour un Jubilé' at Strasbourg Cathedral

16 September 2015

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Litanies pour un jubilé

Thierry Escaich's new work, Litanies pour un jublié, received its world premiere performance at Strasbourg Cathedral on 30 September 2015. The piece, a 25-minute work for choir, two organs brass and percussion, was commissioned to celebrate the millennial anniversary of Strasbourg Cathedral. The piece uses fragments of Bach chorale and Gregorian chant to reflect both the Catholic and Protestant history of the Cathedral and city.


Litanies pour un jublié was performed by the Choir and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg with musicians from the local conservatoire joined by soloists Voix de Stras’, Vincent Dubois (grand orgue), Thierry Escaich (orgue de chœur) and conducted by Catherine Bolzinger.

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Thierry Escaich makes Berliner Philharmoniker debut

10 September 2015

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Thierry Escaich makes his Berliner Philharmoniker debut when he performs Saint-Saëns ‘Organ’ Symphony in three concerts at the Berliner Philharmonie on 24, 25 and 26 September 2015. Zubin Mehta conducts a programme that is completed by Schmidt Notre Dame: Entr’acte & Carnival Music and Korngold Violin Concerto with soloist Gil Shaham.


Escaich performs Saint Saëns ‘Organ’ Symphony several times this season, including two performances in October with the Orchestre de Paris at the Philharmonie de Paris for the inauguration of their organ.


Later in the month, Escaich performs the world premiere of his Prologue et Litaines pour un jublié during a concert at Strasbourg Cathedral on 30 September.

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Thierry Escaich gives organ recital at BBC Proms

09 August 2015

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Thierry Escaich appears at the BBC Proms with a solo organ recital on 23 August 2015 at the Royal Albert Hall, part of a wider focus on J.S. Bach at the Proms. Escaich performs a mixed programme of Bach, Brahms, Mendelssohn and two of his own works, both of which are a response to the Bach pieces also featured in the programme. Escaich will also end both halves of the concert with improvisations; the first on a romantic theme and the second on Bach themes.


Escaich is a regular performer at the Proms; in 2014 he performed Duruflé Requiem with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, in 2013 he performed Saint-Saëns’ Organ Symphony with the Orchestre de Paris and Paavo Järvi and in 2011‎ he gave a solo recital.

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Thierry Escaich: performances & lectures at Great Mountains Music Festival in Korea

13 July 2015

Thierry Escaich travels to South Korea to spend a week at the Great Mountains Music Festival from 27 July 2015. Escaich gives a lecture on his musical language, sound world and links to the French organ tradition on 29 July, and later that evening performs an improvisation on piano inspired by the festival’s theme this year of ‘French Chic’. On 31 July, Escaich attends the world premiere performance of his Sextuor for clarinet, viola, cello, double bass, piano and timpani. Commissioned by the Festival and by the French Institute in South Korea, the work is Escaich’s final world premiere of a very busy and successful 2014/15 season.


Earlier in July Escaich performs in recital with pianist Eduard Kiprsky at the Mariinsky Theatre, Moscow, (3 July) and also performs an evening of improvisations at the Munich Philharmonie (5 July), a recital at Uzès Cathedral (10 July) and a concert with the Quatuor Ellipsos at the Bach en Drome des Collines Festival in Saint Donat, where Escaich performs every summer.

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Thierry Escaich accepted to the Academie des Beaux Arts, Paris

12 June 2015

On 10 June 2015, Thierry Escaich was officially accepted as a member of the Académie des Beaux Arts in their Musical Composition section, after his election by fellow members of the Académie in March 2013.


Formed in 1816, the Académie des Beaux Arts is one of the five intellectual academies of the Institut de France, comprising 57 members who represent eight different art forms. The Académie seeks to encourage artistic creation in all its forms and promote French cultural heritage, and as such regularly organise musical competitions, prizes and financial assistance for artistic projects. Escaich occupies the post left formerly occupied by French organist Jacques Taddei, who died in 2012.


As part of Escaich’s official ceremony, he was presented with a bespoke sword decorated with musical shapes and symbols linked to composition and performance, both central to Escaich’s musical career.


Click here for the Académie’s official press release.

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Thierry Escaich world premiere marks opening of new Philharmonie de Paris

31 December 2014

On 14 January, the newly built Philharmonie de Paris opens to the public with an inaugural gala concert and the world premiere of Thierry Escaich’s new Concerto for Orchestra. Paavo Järvi conducts the Orchestre de Paris for the performance; the orchestra jointly co-commissioned Escaich’s Concerto for Orchestra along with the Philharmonie. The sold-out gala features an all-French programme, also including music by Dutilleux, Fauré and Ravel.


The Orchestre de Paris has frequently collaborated with Thierry Escaich, most recently performing Saint-Saëns Symphony No.3 ‘Organ’ with Escaich at the BBC Proms, Paris Salle Pleyel and on tour in Japan in 2013.


The world premiere of Escaich’s concerto for orchestra is a highlight in a season of several significant premieres – earlier in the 2014/15 season, NDR Hamburg gave the world premiere of his double concerto for Violin and Oboe, and co-commissioners New York Philharmonic perform the US premiere in April 2015 at Avery Fisher Hall, and elsewhere in the 2014/15 season Escaich’s Cello Concerto was premiered by the Orchestre de l’Opéra de Rouen.


Later in January 2015, Escaich travels to Cardiff where the BBC National Orchestra of Wales performs a portrait concert dedicated to his music at BBC Hoddinott Hall. Franck Ollu conducts a programme of Escaich’s Baroque Song, Miroir d’ombres (soloists Jean-Marc Phillips-Varjabédian and Xavier Phillips), Trois motets and Vertiges de la Croix.

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World premiere of Thierry Escaich's Double Concerto with NDR Hamburg

18 November 2014

On 4 December 2014, Thierry Escaich’s double concerto for oboe and violin receives its world premiere performance at the Laeiszhalle in Hamburg. Alan Gilbert conducts the NDR Sinfonieorchester with soloists Lisa Batiashvili and François Leleux in a series of three performances including a regional concert in Lübeck.


Co-commissioned by the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Escaich’s double concerto receives its US premiere in April 2015 at Avery Fisher Hall with the same conductor and soloists.

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Thierry Escaich: Orchestre de l'Opéra gives world premiere of Cello Concerto in Rouen

14 November 2014

On 28 November, the Orchestre de l'Opéra de Rouen gives the world premiere performance of Thierry Escaich's Cello Concerto, with Emmanuelle Bertrand as soloist and Antony Hermus conducting.


Escaich's Cello Concerto was co-commissioned by the Orchestre de l'Opéra de Rouen, the Orchestre de Picardie and the Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne.

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Thierry Escaich performs recital at Mariinsky Theatre

27 February 2014

On 4 March, Thierry Escaich returns to the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg to give a recital with cellist Christian-Pierre la Marca. The programme comprises solo organ and cello works as well as duo works by composers including Mendelssohn, Ligeti and Bach, interspersed with Escaich’s organ improvisations.

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