P. Cochereau Improvisation à N. Dame 1977, extrait (mp3 3Mb 2')
Emeritus organist of the cathédral in Dijon
Maurice CLERC joins in the continuity of the big French tradition while drawing his energy from the dynamism of our time. His numerous concerts, approximately 1300 recitals in some twenty countries among which 28 tours in North America (U.S.A and Canada) were worth to him an international reputation.
Traveling four continents for forty years, from Europ to Australia, he played to the prestigious places as Notre-Dame de Paris, the cathedral Saint Patrick of New York, the Dom de Lübeck, the basilica Saint Marco in Venise, an Oratory Saint Joseph of Montreal, the cathedral Saint-Paul of Melbourne, the auditorium of the N.H.K. of Tokyo or Culturel Center of Hong-Kong. In I987, it is invited to give two of the concerts of inauguration of the big organ Flentrop of the new auditorium of Taipeï. In 1999, he goes to Seoul for the convention of the organists. In 2003, he was again in Hong-Kong, from China and in Mexico, then from South Africa. In 2019, Maurice Clerc come back to Australia and New Zealand and in 2020 he will be to Japan and Hong Kong for concert and master-class.. This international career leads him to occur in leading festivals such Bruges, Ravenna, Madrid, Morelia, Saint Eustache in Paris, Milstatt, Frankfurt, Budapest, Warsaw, Buenos-Aires and Montevideo.
Born in Lyon in I946, Maurice Clerc is awarded a diploma at the Ecole Normale of Music in Paris where he receives the teaching of Suzanne Chaisemartin, At the Higher National Conservatory for Music of Paris, he obtains, in I975, a First prize of organ in the class of Rolande Falcinelli. With Gaston Litaize, he pursues this course during several years with whom he deepens the interpretation of the repertory of the 18th century in our days. Finally, from 1972, he is has the opportunity to frequent the famous courses of improvisation which gave Pierre Cochereau to the International Academy of Nice. He wins the Prize of Improvisation in the international competition of Lyon in I977.
Maurice Clerc is now Emeritus Organist of the Cathedral of Dijon after being the titular organist of this great organ for 46 years from 1972 to 2018. He was also a professor to the Conservatory of Dijon and lecturer at the University. Maurice Clerc recorded a dozen CD among which Bach and German baroque masters. But having built up itself a reputation in the romantic and modern repertory and considered one of the specialists of the French music, he became attached to the promotion of the major works of Franck, Vierne, Dupré, Fleury, Langlais. His most recent recordings led him to present Cochereau and French transcriptions.
Maurice Clerc is Chevalier of the Legion of Honor.