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Olivier LATRY

Organist

Since 1985, Olivier Latry has been the tenured organist of the Great Organ of Notre-Dame de Paris, with Philippe Lefebvre and Jean-Pierre Leguay.

 

Olivier Latry is considered to be one of his generation’s most remarkable organists, not only in France, but internationally. After beginning his musical studies in Boulogne-sur-Mer, where he was born in 1962, he started taking organ classes with Gaston Litaize at the Conservatoire National de Région de Saint-Maur in 1978. At the Conservatoire de Paris, he studied writing with Jean-Claude Raynaud.

He began teaching organ starting in 1983 at Paris’s Institut Catholique then at the CNR de Reims, later succeeding his mentor Gaston LITAIZE at the CNR de Saint-Maur in 1990. In 1995, he was appointed organ professor at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris alongside Michel Bouvard.

Tenured organist on the great organ at the Meaux Cathedral from 1981 to 1985, at the age of 23, he won the competition to become tenured organist on Notre-Dame de Paris’s prestigious great organs, succeeding Pierre Cochereau. He still shares this activity with Philippe Lefebvre and Jean-Pierre Leguay.

Olivier Latry’s activity as a concert organist has taken him to more than fifty countries on five continents, most often to the United States. The American Guild of Organists invited him to their 1988 convention in Houston, making him one of the most popular French organists in North America. He has also made several recordings (Bach, Mozart, Schumann, Widor, Franck, Vierne, Duruflé and more) that have won him critical acclaim.

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Olivier Latry à la console du Grand Orgue de Notre-Dame de Paris
©NDP

Olivier Latry does not want to become specialised in one specific repertory and serves as an ambassador for French music from the 17th to the 20th centuries as well as the art of improvisation. He is one of today’s most renowned improvisationalists, following in the exceptional French tradition of Charles Tournemire and Pierre Cochereau.

He is especially fond of contemporary music, and has participated in creating works with Xavier Darasse, Claude Ballif, Thierry Pecout, Vincent Paulet, Thierry Escaich and Jean-Louis Florentz. He also worked extensively on the work of Olivier Messiaen, performing his entire works for organ in 2000 in a series of high-profile concerts in Paris, London and New York. These works were recorded at Notre-Dame de Paris for Deutsche Grammophon.

In recognition for his works in favour of the organ, he was awarded the Prix de la Fondation Cino et Simone Del Duca, which was officially given to him in November 2000 under the cupola of the Institut de France. In the United Kingdom, he was granted the North and Midlands School of Music’s Honorary Fellowship in 2006, and that of the Royal College of Organists in 2007.

 

 

 

 

 

DISCOGRAPHY of OLIVIER LATRY in Notre-Dame de Paris

 

 

 

- CÉSAR FRANCK : “In Spiritum”
Pièce héroïque - Prélude, Fugue et Variation op. 18 - Trois Chorals pour grand orgue
Deutsche Grammophon 289-477-5418 G/SA

 

 

 

 

- JEAN-LOUIS FLORENTZ : “Concert-Hommage à Notre-Dame de Paris”
Debout sur le soleil Opus 8 par Olivier Latry au grand orgue de Notre-Dame
Asmarâ Opus 9 par les chœurs de la Maîtrise de Notre-Dame
Qsar Ghilâne Opus 18 par l’Ensemble Orchestral de Paris sous le direction de John Nelson
Universal-Accord 476 7495

 

 

 

 

- MIDNIGHT AT NOTRE-DAME : Transcriptions pour orgue
Deutsche Grammophon 289-474-8162 G/SA

 

 

 

 

 

 

- OLIVIER MESSIAEN : Œuvre complète pour orgue
Deutsche Grammophon 471 480-2

 

 

 

 

- THIERRY ESCAICH
Concerto pour orgue et orchestre par Olivier Latry au grand orgue de Notre-Dame
“Kyrie d’une messe imaginaire” Première Symphonie
Fantaisie Concertante pour piano et orchestre par Claire-Marie Le Guay, piano
Orchestre Philharmonique de Liège, direction : Pascal Rophé
Universal-Accord 472 216-2

 

 

 

- THIERRY ESCAICH
Oratorio Le dernier Evangile
Chœurs de la Maîtrise de Notre-Dame, choeur Britten
Grand orgue de Notre-Dame : Olivier Latry
Ensemble Orchestral de Paris
Direction : John Nelson
Trois Danses improvisées, Poème symphonique improvisé par Thierry Escaich au grand orgue de Notre-Dame de Paris
HORTUS 024

 

 

- JEAN-PIERRE LEGUAY
Madrigal III pour clavecin par Yasuko Uyama-Bouvard
Sonate I pour orgue par Olivier Latry au grand orgue de Notre-Dame
Chant pour choeur de femmes et percussion - Chœurs de la Maîtrise de Notre-Dame, Percussion : Alain Huteau, Direction : Nicole Corti.
Madrigal VIII pour percussions par Alain Huteau
Ed. SGPS/3D Classics CD 3D 8029 Dist : D O M (2001)

 

 

 

 

 

- LOUIS VIERNE: Deuxième et Troisième Symphonies
BNL 112741

 

 

 

 

 

 

- LOUIS VIERNE : 24 Pièces de Fantaisie
BNL 112742 A/B

 

 

 

 

 

 

- CHARLES-MARIE WIDOR : Cinquième et Sixième Symphonies
BNL 112617

 

 

 

 

 
- GASTON LITAIZE
Cortège (cuivres et orgue) - Lied - Scherzo - Epiphanie - Jeux de Rhythmes - Prélude et danse fuguée - Prélude liturgique - Pentecôte : Triptyque pour deux orgues
Ensemble de cuivres du CNR de Saint-Maur
Denis Comtet à l’orgue de chœur de Notre-Dame
Olivier Latry au grand orgue de Notre-Dame
BNL 112768

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