An interview with Olivier Latry, Titulaire Organist at La Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris

Hola a todos. Below is an interesting interview with Olivier Latry, one of the three Titulaire Organist at La Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris. He plays the Grand Orgue high up in the back of the Nave. There is a smaller pipe organ in the Sanctuary/Choir area used during the Liturgies for accompanying the cantor, a small group of choristers, and/or a larger Choir, when they have one. The Choir organ is played by three other organists who rotate throughout the Liturgical Year. So the reader may be asking: “They have six organists at Notre-Dame?” Yes, that is correct. Six highly-regarded and superb organists. Olivier was interviewed by concert organist and composer, Dra Carol Williams, of “On the Bench with Dr Carol.” Olivier is also Professor of Organ at Conservatoire de Paris and he talks about that too in the interview.

It was interesting to hear how he became one of the Titulaire organists at Notre-Dame and to hear of his background. And just like Paul Jacobs of The Juilliard School’s Organ Department, Olivier is very down-to-Earth and informal (my type of artist). He seems like a lovely person. He’s a superb organist. I can vouch for that. But then he wouldn’t be there if he wasn’t. (lol, smile) He’s very talented especially with his organ improvisations. Superb! He’s also multi-lingual as are many Europeans. In this interview he’s speaking mostly English.

Here’s the interview with Olivier. Chau.—el barrio rosa

5 comments on “An interview with Olivier Latry, Titulaire Organist at La Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris

  1. Wes in Arlington - GLBTQ

    This interview served as a nice stress reliever and break for me as we in the DC Metro area are being inundated with wall-to-wall coverage of all things inauguration over in the District. Thanks for providing a pleasant respite.

    1. Conservatory Student

      Yes it is. I’d love to study organ and improvisation with him. Maybe some day if I can manage to train at Conservatoire de Paris.

      Thanks, pink barrio.

  2. David in Breuckelen

    I really enjoy listening to musicians talk about their music and what they do – thanks.

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