In his second concert, Sunday July 29th at 5 pm, Thierry Mechler, organist of The Cologne Philharmonic in Germany, plays works by Rameau, Fauré, Ravel, Satie, Poulenc, Dutilleux, Debussy and himself.
Admission is 2500 ISK.
Tickets may be purchased in Hallgrímskirkja one hour before the concert and online on midi.is.
Thierry Mechler was born in the southern-most part of Alsace in
France and currently lives there. He is a composer and organist, the
titular organist of the Cologne Philharmonic and professor of organ
and improvisation at the University for Music and Dance in Cologne,
Mechler studied the organ at the conservatory in Strasbourg with
Daniel Roth and in Paris with Marie Claire Alain. In Paris he studied
improvisation with Jacques Taddei.
Since his student days, Mechler has been a popular concert organist
who has given concerts all over the world. He is also a respected jury
member in organ competitions, a sought after lecturer and teacher at
1986‒1989 Mechler taught at the National Music College in Annecy.
In 1984 he became the titular organist at Notre Dame Basilica in
Thierenbach in Alsace and 1991‒1999 he was the titular organist at
Lyon Cathedral. At the same time, he was head organist and artistic
director of the International Organ-cycle in the Auditorium Maurice Ravel
in Lyon. In 1998 he became professor for organ and improvisation in
Cologne and since 2002 he is the organist of the Cologne Philharmonic.