Thierry Mechler

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Thierry Mechler’s biography

vendredi 28 juin 2002, par Thierry Mechler

"He’s plays with precision, panache, vigour and sure sense of style"

(Organist Review / Oundle Festival / England)

Thierry Mechler one of the elite number of french organists whose charismatic playing and technical excellence is universally recognised.

Thierry Mechler has toured extensively as a solo recitalist and concerto player.

He is Professor of organ and Improvisation at the more prestigious University in Europe, the Musikhochschule at Cologne in Germany.

He has made many recordings and he is presently recording the complete organ of J.S. Bach.

Thierry Mechler was born in 1962.

He started piano and organ lessons in his home town of Mulhouse, and then went on to Strasbourg where he studied piano under Hélčne Boschi and organ with Daniel Roth at the "Conservatoire National de Région".

In 1981, he won first prize with highest congratulations at the "Concours International de Paris".

In 1984, he went to Paris to study with Marie-Claire Alain, where he won, in succession a gold medal and a first prize of excellence with congratulations from the jury.

In 1986, he won a laureate in improvisation and a first prize for virtuosity with congratulations from the jury in the concert class from Marie-Claire Alain in Paris. He also studied the Art of improvisation with Jacques Taddei, and won the medal of honour at the contest for composition in Mulhouse.

In 1991 he was accepted in the S.A.C.E.M. as compositor, also in 1991, he received the "Europäischen Förderpreis" in Dresden, as an award for his international carrier and many recordings.

From 1986 until 1989 he was organ master at the Conservatoire National of Annecy.

He is invited each year to numerous European Organ Festivals notably : Comminges, St Donat, Notre-Dame de Paris, Chartres, Lyon, Frankfurt, Luxembourg, Freiburg, Limburg, Genf, Basel, Maastricht, Ravenna, Helsinki, Lahti, Warschau, England, Austria, Island, Korea, South America, USA...

As a renowned teacher he is invited every year to Germany, England, Finland, USA, Korea and France to give masterclasses in various academies. He has made many recordings of which the reference can be found in the international catalogue.

Titular organist from the great organ of the Cathedral Primatial Saint-Jean in Lyon from 1991 until 1999

From 1992 until 1999 ; Curator and organist of the organ of the Auditorium Maurice Ravel in Lyon, an instrument previously the Cavaillé-Coll of the Trocadéro.

During 1995, Thierry Mechler is performing the entire works of J. S. Bach in a famous series of twelve recitals.

In 1998, he played all the Six Vierne Symphonies in two prestigious series in Strasbourg and Thierenbach.

Member of the Jury of international Competitions, in 1998 Thierry Mechler became Professor for Organ and Improvisation at the University (Musikhochschule) in Köln.

For 2002 Thierry Mechler will played and recorded the entire works of O. Messiaen.

Since 2002, Thierry Mechler is an organist and a curator of the Church organs of prestigious Philharmonic society of Cologne (Germany).

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