Benjamin Alard : Organ
Friday 15th July 6.00PM
Program of the concert
J.S. Bach : ClavierÜbung III
Prélude en mi bémol majeur BWV 552/1
"Kyrie, Gott Vater in Ewigkeit" BWV 669
"Christe, aller Welt Trost" BWV 670
"Kyrie, Gott Heiliger Geist" BWV 671
Duetto III en sol BWV 804
"Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr" BWV 676
"Dies sind die Heilgen zehn Gebot" BWV 678
"Wir glauben all an einen Gott" BWV 680
"Vater unser im Himmelreich" BWV 682
Duetto I en mi mineur BWV 802
"Aus tiefer Not schrei ich zu dir" BWV 686
Duetto IV en la mineur BWV 805
"Jesus Christus, unser Heiland" BWV 688
Duetto II en fa majeur BWV 803
“Christ, unser Herr, zum Jordan kam" BWV 684
Fugue en mi bémol majeur BWV 552/2
BENJAMIN ALARD . Harpsichord, Organ, Clavichord
Benjamin Alard’s principal passion has always been the music of J.S. Bach and it was for his interpretation of this great composer that he was awarded first prize in the 2004 International Harpsichord Competition in Bruges.
While still quite young he began studying music in his hometown in Dieppe, France. He was soon drawn to the organ and entered the Conservatory of Rouen where he studied with Louis Thiry and François Ménissier.
He was first introduced to the harpsichord by Elizabeth Joyé, with whom he studied in Paris before going on, in 2003, to the Schola Cantorum in Basel to work with Jörg-Andreas Bôtticher, Jean-Claude Zehnder and Andrea Marcon.
Since 2005 he has been organist of the Bernard-Aubertin organ in the church of Saint-Louis-en-l’Ile where each season he gives concerts about the music of Bach.
Today Benjamin Alard divides his time between performing recitals and chamber music on both the harpsichord and organ. He often performs repertoire for two harpsichords with Elisabeth Joyé, in duo with the violinist Francois Fernandez or with the flautist Emmanuel Pahud). He is regularly invited to perform in main baroque music centers worldwide.
Benjamin Alard has recorded for the label Hortus and has made several recordings of works by J. S. Bach for Alpha (Sonatas in trio, Clavier Übung I and II). His recordings have consistently received high praise from the press and have been awarded multiple prizes.
He now devote himself to the complete works for harpsichord and organ solo of Johann Sebastian Bach for harmonia mundi. Three boxes, on 17, are already available. « Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik » was attributed to the third Volume « À la française ». 3 publications, including a box set dedicated to the Orgelbüchlein, are planned for 2021.
During the season 2020-2021, Benjamin Alard will be playing in Moscow, Saint-Petersburg (Mariinsky Theatre), in Barcelona and Madrid, as well as in Belgium, Ireland, Switzerland, among others.