A French composer born in 1965 in Nogent sur Marne.
Trained at the Paris Conservatory, where he has since 1992 been teaching writing and improvisation, Thierry Escaich leads a double career as composer and international concert artiste. Titular organist of Saint Étienne du Mont (Paris) since 1997, he is a representative of the French organ school of improvisation and is an accompanist for silent films. In residence successively with the Orchestre National de Lille, the Orchestre de Bretagne and the Orchestre National de Lyon, he has already composer some hundred pieces. Apart from his own instrument, he has tackled the most varied genres and groupings, ever seeking new sound horizons: Litanies de l’ombre for piano (1990), Trois Motets for 12 voices and organ (1998), Le Dernier Évangile (oratorio, 1999), Spring’s Dance for two pianos and percussion (2003), Chaconne (2000) and Vertiges de la croix (2004) for large orchestre, Les Nuits hallucinées for mezzo and orchestra (2008), La Barque solaire for organ and orchestra (2008), Concerto for violin and orchestra (2009), The Lost Dancer (ballet premiered in New York in 2010)… Essentially modal, and characterised by its rhythmic energy and wealth of polyphony, his music finds its source as much in Gregorian chant as in Brahms, Bartók, Ravel and Messiaen.