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Organ recital Thomas Ospital
Sat 22 April 2017, 17:00 – 18:00 BST
Born in 1990, Thomas Ospital began his musical studies at the Conservatoire Maurice Ravel in Bayonne, France. There he studied organ with Esteban Landart, completing his studies in 2008 with unanimous recognition of his high level of achievement.
From 2008 until 2015, he was a student at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris. The conservatoire awarded him first-place prizes in organ, improvisation, harmony, counterpoint and fugue studies.
He won 1st prize at the 2009 International Competition of Organ in Zaragoza (Spain), the Duruflé and Prix publics at the 2012 International Chartres Competition and 2nd prize at the International Xavier Darasse Competition in Toulouse.
In May 2014 the International Organ Competition of Angers (held by France’s Académie des Beaux-Arts) awarded him the Jean-Louis Florentz Grand Prix and the Prix public. In November that year, the International Chartres competition bestowed on him the second, public and Florentz prizes.
In 2015 the Église Saint-Eustache located in the centre of Paris and home to France's largest pipe organ appointed him one of its two organists. In 2016, the Maison de la Radio in Paris proposed him to become the first organist-in-residence of the new organ built by Grenzing.
He performs frequently in various countries as a soloist and with choruses and orchestras. With a keen interest in perpetuating the art of improvisation in all its forms, including both liturgical and secular, he displays his talents in accompanying silent films.