Gilles Maurice Leclerc
Toccata Exultate Deo
World Premiere: Friday, July 7, at 2:30 p.m.
At the Cathedral of Saint-Hyacinthe-le-Confesseur
By the organist Rachel Laurin
Born in Ottawa in 1960, Gilles Maurice Leclerc studied with Gerald Bales and Patricia Wright (organ), Steven Gellman (composition) and Agnes Grossman (choral conducting). The University of Ottawa presented him the 1984 Jean-Marie-Beaudet Scholarship for composition, and he was among the winners of the 1985 CAPAC National Competition for Young Composers. He premiered his Élan for piano live on Radio-Canada that same year. He holds a Masters in Musicology from the University of Ottawa.
His concert works have been performed in Canada, the United States and in Europe. In 2008, he presented a complete recital of his organ music at Westminster Cathedral, London, during the Annual Festival of New Organ Music. His chamber works have been broadcast on the CBC. His first CD, Gilles Maurice Leclerc : Œuvres pour orgue, volume 1 (2005) received commendable reviews from Scena Musicale (Montreal), Choir and Organ (London, UK), the Ottawa Citizen (Ottawa) and Organ Canada (R.C.C.O., Toronto). He has also composed extensively for the French Roman Catholic liturgy and his Messe de Saint-François d’Assise is sung in many parishes in Canada. He released the first of three volumes of psalms settings for the new French Sunday Lectionary in the fall of 2016.
Gilles Maurice Leclerc has been organist at Saint-François d’Assise church in Ottawa since 1977 and became its music director in 2012. He has been an active member of the Royal Canadian College of Organists since 1982 and served as National President of the College from 2010 to 2012. He is currently a member of the National committee for liturgical music (French sector) of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops.
1er au 7 juillet 2017
July 1 - 7, 2017
l'AGO région du Nord-Est, le CRCO et le CIOC
RCCO, & CIOC