Born in 1993 in Montpellier, France, Emmanuel Culcasi began his musical studies at age 6 in Aix-en-Provence and Marseille in piano performance under the instruction of Michel Bourdoncle and in the organ classes of Chantal De Zeeuw and André Rossi. After winning numerous prizes at international piano competitions, Culcasi entered the organ class of the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique (CNSMD) of Lyon under the tutelage of François Espinasse and Liesbeth Schlumberger. In 2017 he began studies in music composition at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique et Danse of Paris and will pursue further studies with Thierry Escaich. Upon being awarded in 2014 a two-years research fellowship, he attended the CNRS-Aix-Marseille University and began a research program focusing on the impact of music training on brain’s structural plasticity and long term memory interactions. Trained as a musician and a scientist, Culcasi is well on his way to a versatile career as a recitalist, collaborative scientist, and educator. Since 2016, Emmanuel Culcasi has served as “co-titulaire” organist of the 1854 Ducroquet/Cavaillé-Coll organ of the Saint-Sauveur cathedral in Aix-en-Provence with Chantal De Zeeuw and also at the Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde in Marseille. He offers a solo organ recital on the McMyler Memorial Organ.
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Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)
Fantasia and Fugue in G Minor, BWV 542 (“Great”)
Johannes Brahms (1833–1897)
Choral “Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele,” op. 122, no. 5
Valéry Aubertin (born 1970)
Sonatine pour les étoiles
–“Souviens-toi de ce soir de pluie” (from a poem by Robert Desnos)
Louis Vierne (1870–1937)
Hymne au soleil (from 24 Fantasy Pieces, Second Suite, op. 53)
Johann Sebastian Bach
Choral “Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele,” BWV 654
Clair de lune (from 24 Fantasy Pieces, Second Suite, op. 53)
Jean-Charles Gandrille (born 1982)
Je suis la lumière du monde