Sunday 18th July 5.00PM
Benjamin Alard : Orgue
Programme du concert
Dietrich BUXTEHUDE (1637-1707)
Praeludium en ré majeur BuxWV 139
Johann-Sébastien BACH (1685-1750)
Concerto en la mineur BWV 593 d’après A. Vivaldi (Allegro, Adagio, Allegro)
Trio en ré mineur BWV 583
“Wo soll ich fliehen hin” BWV 694
“Valet will ich dir geben” BWV 736
Trio super “Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr” BWV 664a
Toccata en ré majeur BWV 912a
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.