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Galway Cathedral Recitals

David Cassan, organ

David Cassan, organ (France)
Admission €15.00; concessions €10.00
Biographies

David Cassan was born in 1989. He studied at Conservatoire de Caen where he was awarded first prize in the class of Erwan Le Prado. Holder of a musicology bachelor’s degree from the University La Sorbonne Paris IV, he also attended the organ improvisation class of Pierre Pincemaille at Conservatoire de Saint-Maur-des-Fossés, where he was awarded first prize. He subsequently studied with Thierry Escaich, Cyril Lehn, Pierre Pincemaille, Alain Mabit, Olivier Trachier, Philippe Lefebvre, Laszlo Fassang, Louis-Marie Vigne, Jean-François Zygel, François Espinasse and Liesbeth Schlumberger at Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse in Paris and in Lyon, where he obtained prizes for organ, improvisation, harmony, counterpoint, fugue and forms, Renaissance polyphony and 20th century composition. He received the highest awards from the international competitions of Pierre Pincemaille (France), André Marchal (France), Boëllmann-Gigout (France), Merklin (France), Haarlem (Netherlands), Saint-Albans (England), Westfalen Impro 5 (Germany), Schwäbisch Gmünd (Germany) and the Jean-Louis Florentz International Prize from the Academy of Arts (France). He is also a laureate of Dudelange's competition (Luxembourg). Consequently, he is one of the most rewarded organists of his generation. He is currently pursuing a career as soloist and accompanist, while also holding the post of organist of the church of Notre-Dame de Lourde in the 20th arrondissement of Paris.

Programme

Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764)

Ouverture

Romance

Tambourin

Chaconne

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Prelude and fugue in A minor, BWV 543

Jean Sibelius (1865-1957)

Finlandia

César Franck (1822-1890)

Prélude, fugue et variation

Alexandre Guilmant (1837-1911)

Marche funèbre et chant séraphique

From Sonata no. 1:

Final

David Cassan

Improvisation