Date: 13.08.13 Tuesday
After initial training in music at the Regional Conservatory in Rheims, Thomas Monnet carried out advanced study at the Regional Conservatory in Saint-Maur-des-Fossés and subsequently at the National Conservatory of Music and Dance in Lyons. The curriculum included organ, thoroughbass, chamber music and improvisation, his teachers being Hélène Dufour, Éric Lebrun, Loïc Mallié, Louis Robilliard and Pierre Pincemaille.
He has a consistently distinguished record in national and international competitions: Grand Prix in Organ from the Fine Arts Academy in May 2003 in Angers; then in April and October 2005, the First André Marchal Prize in Performance at the 7th international Organ Competition of the City of Biarritz, and First Prize in the 9th International Xavier Darasse Organ Competition, Toulouse.
In addition, Thomas Monnet is organist at the Cavaillé-Coll organ of the Church of Saint Maurice in Bécon (a borough of Courbevoie west of Paris) and teaches organ at the Conservatory of Gagny.
He regularly performs as a soloist or within various ensembles, in France and abroad, and had the opportunity to participate in the France-Musiques radio programs “À l’improviste” et “Dans la cour des grands.”
Eager to further the cause of his chosen instrument, Thomas Monnet is involved in several organ restoration or construction projects; in the same spirit he has transcribed several orchestral works (Nocturnes by Debussy, Maurice Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin; The Rite of Spring by Stravinsky…).
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