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Pierre Grandmaison


Pierre Grandmaison was born in Montreal. After studying at the École de Musique Vincent-D’Indy, he completed a degree at the Université de Montréal. His organ teacher during those years was Françoise Aubut. In 1970, he went to Paris to perfect his playing with the master musicians Maurice and Marie-Madeleine Duruflé. During his stay in Paris he came to know some of the greats of the organ world including Marcel Dupré, Pierre Cochereau, Gaston Litaize, and Jean Langlais. On returning to Montreal, he studied theology. He became organist at the Notre-Dame de Montréal basilica on October 2, 1973. He has given concerts in Quebec, the USA, France, Austria, Italy, and Belgium. He has composed numerous motets for a capella choir, and three masses. To celebrate the 350th anniversary of the founding of Montreal, the Société Historique de Montréal commissioned his Notre-Dame de Montréal, a mass for choir, organ, and an ensemble of brass and percussion. Radio-Canada television broadcast live the premiere performance of this mass on May 17, 1992. He has also composed Symphonie Theos, a work for choir, orchestra, and full orchestra that is dedicated to Pope John Paul II. To mark the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Oratoire Saint-Joseph, Grandmaison composed the oratorio Plénitude et Résonances for double choir, brass ensemble, organ, ondes Martenot, and very large orchestra. The Orchestre Métropolitain du Grand Montréal, directed by Julian Wachner, premiered this work in October 2005 at the basilica of the Oratory. The diocese of Montreal has awarded Pierre Grandmaison the Ignace Bourget medal. He is also a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres de France.
 
César FRANCK: Douze Grandes Pièces pour orgue vol.1
Pierre Grandmaison
ACD22573
July, 2007
César FRANCK: Douze Grandes Pièces pour orgue vol.2
Pierre Grandmaison
ACD22574
July, 2007