Xavier

Xavier DEPREZ

Organist, main organist of the Saint Michael and Gudulae Cathedral of Brussels, Belgium

deprezxa@gmail.com

 

 

Summary

Xavier Deprez is organist recitalist, improviser and harpsichordist. 

He won some national and international Organ Competitions as Axion Classics (Brussels), and was finalist of the 1st International competition Gottfried Silbermann of Freiberg (Germany).

 

Xavier Deprez has studied with Prof. Jean Boyer in Lille (France), Jean Ferrard in Brussels(Belgium), Louis Robilliard in Lyon (France), Robert Kohnen in Brussels (Belgium).

He tooked part to masterclasses with Bernard Foccroulle (Belgium), Jan Willem Jansen (France), Freddy Eichelberger (France).

 

He was also 1st continuo player of the Baroque Orchestra les Agremens conducted by Jean Tubery and Guy Van Waas, and accompagnator of the Chamber Choir of Namur (Belgium) conducted by Pierre Cao, until 2010.

 

He was appointed in 1993 as main organist of the Church Our Lady of Finisterrae in Brussels and created an organ concert serie «Organ on Monday». With his wife Momoyo Kokubu, he organized more than 700 concerts with organ and other instruments.

As main organist of the Cathedral of Brussels since 2010, he is the artistic director of the Cathedral Concerts and the Messes Festives. He also plays the ceremonies in presence of the Royal Family of Belgium.

 

Since the year 2002, Xavier Deprez is organ teacher at the Royal Music Conservatoire of the city of Mons, and teaches organ interpretation and improvisation.

As a recitalist, Xavier Deprez has been invited in european Festivals (Belgium, France, Swiss, Netherland, Italy) and gave concerts in Japan as soloist, and with his wife (four hands and four feet programmes).

Xavier Deprez is also composer for choir and organ music: Psalms, Magnificat, Mass Rivespérance, Toccata and Trio for organ, motet « O ignis spiritu » for the Brussels Chamber Choir (recording Etcetera « Made in Belgium »).

 

 

Specialities

Organ recitalist in the repertoires of Baroque time, Romantic and neo-classical repertoire, improvisation, chamber music and baroque orchestras.

 

Experience

Main organist of the Cathedral of Brussels, Belgium

Organ teacher at Conservatoire Royal de Musique de Mons

Organ recitalist and improviser

Composer

 

Education

Conservatoires de Musique de Liège, Anvers et Bruxelles (Belgium)

Conservatoire de Région de Lille (France)

Recitalist and teacher diploma’s 1993-1997

 

Honors and Awards

Winner of Axxion Classics Competition (Belgium)

Finnalist of the 1st Silbermann orgelwetbewerb (Germany)

 

 

Compositions and recordings

 

Scores : 

Psaumes et cantiques bibliques 

Magnificat for choir, baryton solo and organ

Psaume 22 for soprano, alto, baryton and organ

Fanfarons for 5 keyboards. (Great Organ, 2 positive organs and 2 harpsichords)

Messe Rivesperance for congregation, 2 choirs, 2 brass quartets (period instruments)

Toccata en Re mineur op 13

Choral en Trio Ein feste Burg op 14

 

Books : Méthode du choral sur la règle de l’octave

 

CDs : solo organ - with orchestras

 

Inauguration of the Grenzing organ, 

Bach ex Cathedra,

Notre-Dame du Finistère, 

Missa Brevis Christoffels, 

Emitte Spiritum tuum Deprez, 

Benoît Mernier : Mass and organ works, 

Duruflé requiem, 

Martyre des Maccabées Torri, Charpentier Te Deum, 

Gloria JC Bach, 

Messe de Philippe Rogier.