Renowned as a brilliant representative of the French school of organ performance, OLIVIER VERNET enjoys an international career concertizing at some of the world's most prestigious music festivals. Vernet's auspicious rise began with numerous awards he received during his studies with Gaston Litaize, Marie-Claire Alain, and Michel Chapuis, culminating in the first prize award for organ at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris. After unanimously winning First Prize with honours at the international competition arranged by the U.F.A.M. in Paris in 1984, Vernet earned further acclaim with First Prize in 1991 at the International Organ Competition in Bordeaux. Vernet has also received awards from the foundations of Aram Khachaturian, Marcel Bleustein-Blanchet pour la Vocation, Marcelle and Robert de Lacour, and Yehudi Menuhin. To date, Vernet has recorded 110 CDs, which have received several distinguished awards including the Diapason d'Or, the Choch du Monde de la Musique, and the ffff from Télérama. Other awards include 10 de Répertoire, Joker from Crescendo, and Recommandé by Classica. Additionally, Vernet has won five of the most sought-after honors bestowed by the French musical press: Le Grand Prix de la Nouvelle Académie du Disque for his complete works of Buxtehude, the Grand Prix de l'Académie Charles Cros, the Grand Prix de l'Académie des Beaux-Arts, the 2000 Diapason d'Or for his complete works of Bach, and the 2016 Choc Classica for his recording of the complete organ works of Bruhns, Hanff, and Kneller. Vernet is the titular organist of the Cathedral of Monaco, in which role he performed for the royal wedding in 2011. The Artistic Director for both the Monaco International Organ Festival and the Mougins Organ Festival, Vernet also teaches at the Académie de Musique Prince Rainier III in Monaco and at the Conservatoire National à Rayonnement Régional de Musique in Nice. Olivier Vernet holds the title Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.
Olivier Vernet is represented by Seven Eight Artists.
Montréal Bach Festival
November 10, 2019, 3:30 PM