Thomas Ospital


Organ

Born in 1990 in Ayherre (Nouvelle-Aquitaine), Thomas Ospital began his musical studies аt the Conservatoire Maurice Ravel in Bayonne, France. There he studied organ with Esteban Landart, completing his studies in 2008 with unanimous recognition of his high level of achievement.

From 2008 until 2015 he was a student аt the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris. His teachers included Olivier Latry, Michel Bouvard, Thierry Escaich, Philippe Lefebvre, László Fassang, Isabelle Duha, Pierre Pincemaille and Jean-François Zygel. The conservatoire awarded him first-place prizes in organ, improvisation, harmony, counterpoint and fugue studies.

In 2012 he served as young artist in residence аt the Cathedral-Basilica of Saint Louis King of France in New Orleans.

He won 1st prize аt the 2009 International Competition of Organ in Zaragoza (Spain), the Duruflé and Prix publics аt the 2012 International Organ Competition Grand Prix de Chartres and 2ndprize аt the International Xavier Darasse Competition in Toulouse.

In May 2014 the Le Printemps des orgues competition in Angers (held by France’s Académie des Beaux-Arts) awarded him the Grand Prix Jean-Louis Florentz and the Coup de Cœur du Public (Prix Pierre Pincemaille). In November that year the International Organ Competition Grand Prix de Chartres bestowed on him the 2nd, public and Florentz prizes.

In 2015 the Église Saint-Eustache located in the centre of Paris and home to France’s largest pipe organ appointed him one of its two organists. From 2016 to 2019 he was the first organist in residence of the new organ built by Grenzing in the Maison de la Radio in Paris. Since 2017 Thomas Ospital has been teaching harmony аt the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris.

He performs frequently in various countries as a soloist and with choruses and orchestras. With a keen interest in perpetuating the art of improvisation in all its forms, including both liturgical and secular, he displays his talents in accompanying silent films.

September 2017 saw the release of Ospital’s first CD with works by Liszt, and in January 2018 his second CD with works by Bach, Escaich and improvisations was released. In January 2020 he has featured in the recording of Christopher Gibert’s album Stabat Mater.
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