Parisian Organ Virtuoso Thomas Ospital to Perform at the Cathedral
Thomas Ospital, a 28-year-old organ virtuoso from Paris, will perform at the Cathedral on Sunday, October 28, at 4 p.m. His program will include works by Bach, Debussy, Liszt, Duruflé, and Bartok, as well as a demonstration of his celebrated skill at improvisation. The concert is co-sponsored by the Nashville Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.
Ospital is a young artist who has quickly earned a place among the world’s finest concert organists. Since 2015, he has been one of two principal organists of the grand organ at the Church of Saint-Eustache in Paris, the largest pipe organ in France. He is also Organist in Residence at Maison de la Radio (the Radio France concert hall), where he presides over the new concert hall organ built by Grenzing, and recently was appointed Harmony Tutor at the Conservatoire national supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris (CNSMDP).
A laureate of several competitions, he was awarded first prize at the 2009 International Competition of Organ in Zaragoza, Spain, the Duruflé Prize and Audience Prize at the 2012 International Chartres Competition, and second prize at the 2013 International Xavier Darasse Competition in Toulouse, France. In May of 2014, he took the Grand Prize Jean-Louis Florentz and the Audience Prize at the International Organ Competition of Angers, sponsored by the Académie des Beaux-Arts. In November of 2014, he was awarded second prize, Audience Prize, and the Florentz Prize at the International Chartres Competition.
Ospital is equally at home performing as a solo recitalist or with choir or orchestra. He is also eager to further the art of improvisation in all of its forms, including the accompaniment of silent films. His performances have taken him throughout Europe, including the United Kingdom, Spain, Italy, Greece, Germany, Switzerland, and Holland. He has also performed in Russia and in North America, where in 2012 he served for six months as Young Artist in Residence at the Cathedral-Basilica of Saint Louis, King of France, in New Orleans.
Born in 1990, Ospital began his musical studies at the Conservatoire Maurice Ravel in Bayonne, France, completing his studies with Esteban Landart in 2008 (Mention Très bien à l’unanimité). From 2008 until 2015, he was a student at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique de Paris, where he earned five first place prizes in organ, improvisation, harmony, counterpoint, and fugue. His teachers at the Conservatoire included Olivier Latry, Michel Bouvard, Thierry Escaich, Philippe Lefebvre, László Fassang, Isabelle Duha, Pierre Pince, and Jean-François Zygel.
To watch Ospital playing Debussy’s “Tarantelle styrienne (Danse)” on the Grand Organ of Saint-Eustache, click here.