Eric Lebrun

On 10 November 2016, French organist and organ professor Eric Lebrun was appointed Honorary Professor at the Academy after the opening concert at Aarhus Symphonic Organ Festival 2016.

Lebrun studied at the Paris Conservatory and has won prizes in several international competitions in organ, chamber music and composition. For example, he has a 1er Prix from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris. In 1990, he became organist at the church of Saint Antoine des Quinze-Vingts in Paris, which has a Cavalillé-Coll instrument, and here he has recorded the complete organ works by Jehan Alain, Maurice Duruflé and César Franck.

Organist and composer

Eric Lebrun has a duo with organist Marie-Ange Leurent and has also appeared as a soloist with various orchestras, including Aarhus Symphony Orchestra in 2012. He has composed about 50 pieces, from solo violin to oratorio, and he has written biographies about Buxtehude, César Frank and the J.S. Bach, whose complete organ pieces he is currently recording on 20 CDs with Marie-Ange Leurent.

Lebrun is Professor in organ at the Conservatory of Saint-Maur-des-Fosses near Paris and gives regular master classes at the Royal Academy of Music in London and the conservatories of Bologna, Piacenza and Zwolle. He has also held several successful master classes at our Academy in Aarhus, and he is generally a very sought-after teacher.

In connection with the appointment, organ Professor at the Academy Ulrik Spang-Hanssen says:

French organtradition

"One of music history’s key points within the organ history is so absolutely in Paris in the 1930’s. Here several traditions and lines met, and here the great French organ tradition reached a peak through the simultaneous presence of most of the major French organist / composers: Charles-Marie Widor, Marcel Dupré, Jehan Alain, Maurice Duruflé, Gaston Litaize and many others.

It was a period that has now become legendary, and it ended definitely in the 90’s with the death of several of those involved. It is an era, our students are eager to learn more about, so it is natural to associate one of the heirs of the first rank to the Academy as Honorary Professor.

In particular, one name arises: Eric Lebrun. He is, like me, a scholar of Gaston Litaize, he is his successor as Professor at the Conservatoire de Saint-Maur-des-Fossées and is both an internationally recognised concert artist at the highest level and also a composer. Thus he unites in his person several of the trends from the legendary time in Paris: the virtuoso, the compositional and the improvisational.

It is with pride that RAMA now presents him as new Honorary organ Professor. "

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