Aleksandr Nisse to play Galway Cathedral tonight

Aleksandr Nisse

Aleksandr Nisse

Aleksandr Nisse, Titular Organist at Dublin’s Pro-Cathedral, gives the next concert in Galway Cathedral’s summer series, playing an organ recital on Thursday 4 August at 8:00pm.

His programme is centred around Olivier Messiaen’s kaleidoscopic L’Ascension. It also includes French music of the seventeenth (Nicolas De Grigny ) and twentieth (his aunt, Danielle Salvignol-Nisse ) centuries, and closes with an improvisation.

Aleksandr Nisse is of Russian, French and German background and received his early training as an organist in Hamburg at the hands of his father and his late aunt, Danielle Salvignol-Nisse, a student of Langlais and Litaise.

In 1999 he moved to Paris to study with Susan Landale, and from 2001 to 2004 he was a student of Louis Robilliard at the Consevatoire National de Region de Lyon where he was awarded the Premier Prix de Perfectionment with distinction.

Graduate study followed at the Royal Academy of Music in London with Nicholas Kynaston and Lionel Rogg where he graduated with distinction.

After positions at Sherbourne Abbey and Sherbourne School, Aleksandr moved to Dublin where he was organ scholar at Christ Church Cathedral.

Since September 2011 he has been organist of St. Andrew’s Church, Westland Row, Dublin, and music teacher at Terenure College. Recitals to date have taken him to Germany, France, Switzerland and Hungary.

He regularly performs concerts in Ireland, Switzerland, France and Germany and succeeded in obtaining an award from TU Dublin for a PhD in composition under the supervision of Prof. Gra?inne Mulvey.

His research area lies in the application of the exact partial pitches of the harmonic series. He has held positions in Terenure College, St Andrew’s Church Westland Row, and Whitefriar Street in Dublin, and has recently been appointed as Titular Organist at St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral Dublin.

His recent recording The Ascension, on the world-famous Selby Abbey organ, received 4 stars in BBC Music Magazine and 5 stars in Choir and Organ.

As a composer he was commissioned in 2019 by the Hochschule der Künste Bern to write an Irish-based piece for voice, strings and wind dynamical organ and dancers. Entitled Aiséirí, this piece was performed as part of a dance production in Bern Minster in June 2019.

His most recent piece NOTINTUNE was commissioned by Crash Ensemble and was premiered last May in An Grianán Theatre in Letterkenny.

Admission to the concert is €15.00 (concessions €12.00 ). Tickets are available at the door or online.


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