THOMAS OSPITAL studied first at the Conservatoire Maurice Ravel in Bayonne near his home in south west France. Later at the Paris Conservatoire he won First Prizes in organ, harmony, counterpoint, fugue and improvisation.
He was won many national and international organ competitions and is now regarded as one of the world’s leading concert organists.
A few years ago, at the age of just 25, he was appointed Titular Organist of Saint-Eustache in Paris which has the largest organ in France. Recently he became the first Organist in Residence at the concert hall of Radio France.
Thomas Ospital is particularly noted for his skill in improvisation at the organ. This will be a feature of his ORGAN WORKSHOP in St Anne’s Cathedral Belfast at 19:30 on Saturday 14 September and a large French Improvisation will be the centre-piece of his Recital at the Ulster Hall on Sunday 15 September at 16:30.
In the ORGAN WORKSHOP at St Anne’s, Thomas Ospital will guide several young organists from throughout Ireland as they improvise on the Cathedral organ or play some of the great works of the French organ repertoire. All will be welcome to come and experience what should be a thrilling and memorable event.
The evening will include:
William Forrest - Organ Scholar, Belfast Cathedral - The Cathedral Church of St Anne
Bartosz Thiede - Director of Music, St Canice's Cathedral Kilkenny
Jack Wilson - Organ Scholar, Sidney Sussex College Cambridge