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The French Connection

David Cassan, organ

David Cassan is internationally renowned as one of the leading young organists of his generation. He studied at Caen Conservatoire, and at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris and Lyon with Thierry Escaich, Pierre Pincemaille, Philippe Lefebvre, François Espinasse, Jean-François Zygel and Erwan Le Prado. Today he leads a busy schedule performing as a soloist with prestigious ensembles (such as the Orchestre Philharmonique de Paris, Orchestre National de Lyon, Capitole de Toulouse, Chœur and Orchestre Symphonique de Paris) throughout France and throughout the world (Germany, England, Russia, China, Israel, Latvia, Estonia, Spain, Iceland, Uruguay, Holland, Ireland, Portugal, Luxembourg, Belgium, Italy, Slovenia, Switzerland.

Renowned and praised by critics, David Cassan has a vast repertoire, with a preference for JS Bach and French works of the 19th and 20th centuries. A brilliant and creative improviser, David often accompanies silent films on the piano and organ. Cassan has been awarded a dozen international first prizes including Chartres (France), St Albans (UK), Haarlem (Holland), and also the Grand Prix Jean-Louis Florentz of l’Académie des Beaux-Arts (France). These numerous awards makes him one of the most distinguished organists of his generation.

A much sought-after pedagogue, he regularly gives masterclasses around the world (St Petersburg, Beijing, Bern, Milan, Lausanne, Paris, Zagreb, Porto, Madrid, Paris etc.). David teaches organ at Nancy Conservatoire and improvisation at Saint Maur-des-Fossés Conervatoire. He is a much sought-after adjudicator for French and international organ-playing competitions. He is currently organist at the l’Oratoire du Louvre in Paris.


J.S. Bach, between composition and improvisation

David Cassan (b.1989)

Improvised Passaglia and fugue in the style of Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Trio Sonata in E Minor, BWV 528

Adagio - Vivace


Un poco allegro

Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr, BWV 662 (from Leipziger Chorals)

Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr, BWV 663

Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr, BWV 664

David Cassan

Improvised Partita on a chorale in the style of J.S. Bach