Thierry Mechler is titular organist at the Primas-Cathedral St. Jean in Lyon, France, and organist of the Cavaillé-Coll organ at the Maurice Ravel Auditorium, also in Lyon. He was born in France in 1962. He began piano lesson in Mulhouse, then went to Strasbourg where he studied piano with Hélène Boschi and organ with Daniel Roth.

In 1981 he won first prize at the Concours International de Paris and began study with Marie-Claire Alain at the Paris Conservatory. There he won, in succession, a gold medal and first prize for excellence in 1984 and in 1986 a laureate in improvisation and first prize for virtuosity. He also studied improvisation with Jacques Taddei and won the medal of honor at the Contest for Composition in Mulhouse.

Much in demand as a performer, Mr. Mechler plays recitals throughout Europe and participates in numerous organ festivals. As a teacher, he is invited regularly to give master classes at various academies in Germany, England, Finland, Korea, and France.

He recorded Bach's The Art of Fugue for the Solstice label in Germany and has other recordings on the Motette, REM, and Edelweiss labels.

Thierry Mechler has performed three times in the recital series of First Congregational Church, Los Angeles. After his first appearance there, Minister of Music Thomas Somerville wrote, "I place him among the finest performers we have presented in our prestigious series. The audience was thrilled and gave him an enthusiastic standing ovation. In my opinion Thierry Mechler is a world class organist."


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