Olivier Latry

Olivier Latry

After his great success in the new organ's opening season in the Kulturpalast, French organist Olivier Latry has been invited to stay on for another season as "palace organist". Born in 1962 in Boulogne-sur-Mer, he is regarded as one of the most remarkable and versatile concert pianists and organ extemporizers of his generation. He was appointed Titular Organist of Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris at the young age of 23. Since 1995, Olivier Latry has been professor for organ playing at the Paris Conservatoire, succeeding Michel Chapuis. Before that he had taken over the organ class of his teacher Gaston Litaize at the Conservatoire in St. Maur and served the cathedral in Meaux as an organist.

An outstanding event of the past season for Olivier Latry was the recital inaugurating the Rieger organ in the new Philharmonic in Paris. He had additionally also been involved in inaugurating the new organ of Radio France in 2016.  In 2017, he was one of the first organists to play the organ at Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg. A busy concert schedule leads him all around the globe: Olivier Latry is regularly playing at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Wiener Musikverein and Vienna Konzerthaus, the Royal Festival Hall and Royal Albert Hall in London, KKL Luzern, the Suntory Hall Tokyo, Mariinski Theater in St. Petersburg and the Walt Disney Hall Los Angeles. He is regularly invited by orchestras such as the Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra (London), Sydney Symphony, Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal and Orchestre National de France to play as a soloist in concerts under conductors such as Myung-Whun Chung, Andris Nelsons, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Stéphane Denève, Christoph Eschenbach, Kent Nagano and Jukka-Pekka Saraste.

His solid dedication to the French repertoire is also documented by many CD recordings, including a recording of Olivier Messiaen's complete organ works with Deutsche Grammophon in 2000, followed by a César Franck album on the same label in 2005. He produced the organ symphony by Saint-Saëns for the label Ondine with the Philadelphia Orchestra under the direction of Christoph Eschenbach, and further albums have been released by Naïve. Contemporary organ music being a special interest of his, Olivier Latry most recently performed the world premieres of organ concerts by Kaija Saariaho, Michael Gandolfi and Benoît Mernier.

Olivier Latry has received a great number of international prizes and honours, including honorary doctorates from various universities.

 

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