P. Cochereau Improvisation N. Dame 1977, extrait (mp3 3Mb 2')

Maurice CLERC

Titular Organist in the Saint Benign's
Cathedral of Dijon


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Maurice CLERC has given about 900 organ recitals in more than twenty countries including nineteen tours through North America (U.S.A. and Canada). While travelling through four continents in twenty-five years, he plays in numerous famous places , such as the Notre-Dame in Paris, St-Patrick's Cathedral in New-York, the Dom in Lübeck, Basilica of San Marco in Venice, St Joseph' Oratory in Montreal, St-Paul's Catheral in Meiboume, The N.H.K. auditorium in Tokyo and the Cultural Centre in Hong-Kong. In 1987, he was invited to play at two of the dedication concerts of the Flentrop organ at the Taipeï new auditorium. In 1999, he attended the Organist's Convention at its Séoul meeting. In his international career he was also asked to play at renowned festivals, such as those held in Bruges, Ravenna, Madrid, Morelia, Paris/St-Eustache, Millstatt, Frankfurt, Budapest, Luxembourg, New-Zealand, Buenos-Aires and Montevideo.

Born in Lyon in 1946, Maurice Clerc studied the organ with Suzanne Chaisemartin at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris. After that, he studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris where, in 1975, he obtained a First Price for organ in the class of Rolande Falcinelli. He continued his studies with Gaston Litaize and for several subsequent years he followed the improvisation course of Pierre Cochereau at the Nice Intemational Academy. In 1977, he obtained the Prize for Improvisation at the Lyon International Competition.

At Christmas 1972, he was appointed Titular Organist at the St-Bénigne's Cathedral in Dijon. He also teaches at the Conservatoire National de Region in Dijon and during twenty years he was Assistant Lecturer at the Dijon University.

Maurice Clerc has made numerous recordings dedicated to Bach and other German baroque composers but being regarded as one ofthe specialists ofthe French organ music ofthe l9 th and 20 th centuries, he also attaches great value to recording of the major works of composers like Franck, Vieme, Dupré, Fleury, Langlais and more recently Cochereau.

Contact:     Maurice Clerc - 7bis place Darcy (bâtiment A)

F-21000 Dijon

Fax: 0033 3 80 35 46 87
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