NICOLAS PIEN, Organist

 

Born in Rouen in 1959, Nicolas Pien begins piano-studies at four then was a pupil at Rouen Regional Conservatory (organ, harmony, chamber music) where in 1978 he obtained first prizes.

Then, in Paris, pupil of Odile Pierre, he was unanimously selected for First Prize at the Inter-conservatoire competition in Paris in 1986.

 

He studied at Jean Guillou's masterclasses in Rotterdam and Alpe d'Huez.

 

He currently teaches at the National Music Conservatory of Dieppe, as well as holding the post of organist for the church of St Godard in Rouen, and Notre-Dame de Misericorde at Mont-Saint-Aignan.

 

He has been active as a concert artist since 1979, playing in countries: Germany, England, Belgium, Holland, Poland, Egypt, and specifically United States of America.

 

First time in USA he played organ recitals at Washington D.C., Boston, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and NewYork City : St Patrick Cathedral, organised by John Grady where he was appreciated by guests (among them, international musical personalities like french composer Georges Delerue, and Master Manuel Rosenthal : Director at the Metropolitan Orchestra, N.Y. city.

 

He regularly performs with musical formations as : Choirs ( Jeune Choeur D’Ile de France , Choeur de Chambre de Rouen ) and also orchestras ( New Philarmonic-Radio France , Metropolitan Opera , etc ) as well as chamber music with violin , flute , trumpet …

 

In 1993, Nicolas Pien was invited by Jean Guillou to replace him at the church of St Eustache (Paris) for the summer, and many times after.

 

His recordings include "three centuries of organ music at the abbey of St Wandrille", and Durufle's Requiem (organ solo version and choir), Widor at St Ouen Rouen, and Vierne's mass at Chartre's Cathedral.

 

Receiving many organists groups at St Godard as in Paris , he was invited to perform at Salzburg Organ Festival in August 2009  (musical extracts : see page "video").
 
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