Corso di Improvvisazione Organistica
Organ Improvisation Masterclass
Giugno / June 12-13
THIERRY ESCAICH
Compositore, organista e improvvisatore, Thierry Escaich (1965) è una figura pressoché unica nel panorama musicale contemporaneo. I tre aspetti della sua arte sono inscindibili e nei suoi concerti convivono interagendo. Come compositore Escaich è autore di oltre un centinaio di brani che affascinano il pubblico per un acceso lirismo e uno straordinario senso del ritmo. Suoi riferimenti storici sono Franck, Messiaen e Dutilleux, ma tra le sue fonti d’ispirazione non è secondario l’apporto di musiche popolari. Il suo stile è sempre trasparente, sia nelle composizioni cameristiche che nei grandi affreschi sinfonici come la Chaconne, l’oratorio Le Dernier Évangile o il Concerto per violino e violoncello Miroir d’ombres. Nel 2010 Escaich ha composto un balletto per il New York City Ballet. La sua prima opera, Claude, è stata messa in scena dall’Opéra National de Lyon nel 2013. Escaich compone spesso per il proprio strumento: brani solistici, da camera due concerti e La Barque solaire, poema sinfonico per organo e orchestra. Sue composizioni sono nel repertorio di artisti quali Christoph Eschenbach, Lothar Zagrosek, Renaud et Gautier Capuçon, Paul Meyer, John Mark Ainsley e il Quatuor Voce. È stato compositore in residenza presso l’Orchestre National de Lyon, l’Orchestre National de Lille et l’Orchestre de Chambre de Paris. Fra le sue creazioni più recenti un doppio concerto per Lisa Batiashvili e François Leleux (New York Philharmonic), un concerto per violoncello per Emmanuelle Bertrand (Orchestre de l’Opéra de Rouen), un Concerto pour orchestre per l’inaugurazione della Philharmonie de Paris e un brano per la Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Come organista ha tenuto concerti in tutti i continenti ed è il successore di Maurice Duruflé all’organo di Saint-Étienne-du-Mont a Parigi. La sua passione per il cinema lo porta a improvvisare sia al pianoforte che all’organo a commento di film muti come Le Fantôme de l’Opéra e Métropolis. Fra gli impegni più recenti si segnalano recital a Filadelfia come solista con la Philadelphia Orchestra, Vienna (Konzerthaus e Musikverein con l’Orchestre de Paris), San Pietroburgo (Teatro Mariinsky, con l’Orchestra del Mariinsky per la direzione di Valery Gergiev), Londra (Proms), Berlino (Duomo) e ancora Parigi, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Toronto, Vancouver, Tokyo, Budapest, Bucarest e Atene. Nel 2013 ha suonato la Symphonie n° 3 «avec orgue» di Saint-Saëns con l’Orchestre de Paris (dir. Paavo Järvi) ai BBC Proms e in Giappone. Thierry Escaich insegna dal 1992 Improvvisazione al Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris. Vanta una numerosa discografia per Accord/Universal e Indésens; il suo CD Les Nuits hallucinées (2011) ha vinto lo «Choc de l’année» della rivista Classica.
THIERRY ESCAICH
Thierry Escaich (1965) has composed in many genres and forms, always exploring new sound horizons. His catalogue numbers around 100 works which, with their lyrical, rich harmonies and rhythmic energy, have attracted a wide audience. Drawing from the French line of composition of Ravel, Messiaen and Dutilleux, and imbued with references from contemporary, folk and spiritual music, the distinctive sound palette of Escaich’s music is anchored by an obsessive rhythmic drive and an overarching sense of architecture. This very personal style encompasses both intimate works and large-scale pieces, such as Chaconne for orchestra; oratorio Le Dernier Évangile and a double concerto for violin and cello, Miroir d’ombres. In 2010 Escaich composed a ballet The Lost Dancer, premiered by the New York City Ballet, and his first opera Claude, on a libretto by Robert Badinter after Victor Hugo’s Claude Gueux, was premiered at the Opéra de Lyon in March 2013 to great acclaim. Escaich has composed many works for the organ including solo works, two concerti and the symphonic poem La Barque Solaire for organ and orchestra. Escaich’s Organ Concerto No. 1 has been performed by orchestras such as the Philhadelphia Orchestra and the Orchestre National de Lyon, and was selected as a highlight of the organ concerto repertoire in Gramophone Magazine: “His concerto exploits the full sonic and colour ranges of orchestra and organ in this thrilling three-movement work, the second movement rising to an aweinspiring climax only topped by the shattering coda of the finale.”Gramophone, Sept 2014. His works are performed by leading orchestras in Europe and North America and by musicians such as Lisa Batiashvili and François Leleux, Valery Gergiev, Lothar Zagrosek, Renaud and Gautier Capuçon, Paul Meyer, John Mark Ainsley and the Quatuor Voce. Escaich has been Composer-in-Residence with the Orchestre National de Lyon, Orchestre National de Lille and the Paris Chamber Orchestra and his music has been honoured by three ‘Victoires de la Musique’ awards (2003, 2006 and 2011). Since 1992, Thierry Escaich has taught composition and improvisation at the Paris Conservatoire, where he himself studied and obtained eight ‘premiers prix’. In 2013 he received the honour of being appointed to the Académie des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Composing highlights of the 2014/15 season include a concerto for the Orchestre de Paris performed at the inauguration of the new Philharmonie de Paris, and a double concerto for Lisa Batiashvili and Francois Leleux co-commissioned by NDR Sinfonieorchester Hamburg and the New York Philharmonic. The Orchestre de l’Opera de Rouen gives the world premiere of Escaich’s new cello concerto, co-commissioned by the Orchestre de Bretagne and Orchestre de Picardie and future composing highlights include a new work for the Cincinnati Symphony, a chamber work for the Great Mountains Music Festival and a piece for choir, organ and ensemble for Strasbourg Cathedral. Thierry Escaich’s career as a composer is closely linked to his career as an organist, which has led him to be one of the ambassadors of the great French school of improvisation, in the wake of Maurice Duruflé, whom he succeeded as organist of Saint Étienne du Mont in Paris. He appears in recitals internationally, combining repertoire pieces with his own compositions and improvisations. His passion for cinema has led him to perform “cine-concerts”, improvised accompaniments on both the organ and piano for silent films such as Phantom of the Opera and Metropolis. As organist, highlights of the 2014/15 season and beyond include concerto performances with the Berlin Philharmonic/Mehta, Mariinsky Orchestra/Gergiev, Orchestre de Paris/Paavo Järvi, Orchestre National de Lille and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra/Maerkl. In recital he makes his debut at the Royal Festival Hall and continues to perform in major concert halls around the world, including performing improvisations to silent films at the Konzerthaus Berlin, Mariinsky Theatre, Philharmonie de Paris, Auditorium de Lyon, Bratislava Symphony Hall and Maison Symphonique de Montréal. Many of Escaich’s works have been recorded by Accord/Universal. Most recently the disc Les Nuits hallucinées (2011), which crowned his residence with the Orchestre National de Lyon, received numerous distinctions, including a ‘Choc de l’année’ from Classica magazine as an outstanding release of the year. Thierry Escaich is represented by Intermusica.
Disposizione fonica / Disposition Grande Organo della Collegiata di Sant'Andrea in Empoli (Download PDF)

GRANDE ORGANO DELLA COLLEGIATA DI SANT’ANDREA IN EMPOLI

Progetto: Elisa Luzi
Realizzazione: Casa d’arte organaria “Ponziano Bevilacqua”, Torre dei Nolfi (AQ).
Anno 1968
 Restauro: Ditta “Chichi Organi”, Vinci (FI).

Anno 2003 / 2004