Pierre Pincemaille, 2004
|Born||8 December 1956|
Paris 17e, France
|Died||12 January 2018 (aged 61)|
|Improviser, organist, pedagogue|
Pierre-Marie Pincemaille (8 December 1956 - 12 January 2018) was a French organist, improviser, and pedagogue. He was known for his organ improvisations, both in concert and on CD and for his recordings of Charles-Marie Widor's complete organ symphonies played on organs built by Aristide Cavaillé-Coll, as well as his recordings of the complete organ works of Maurice Duruflé and César Franck, and organ works of Pierre Cochereau and Louis Vierne in particular.
Pincemaille was born in Paris and began piano studies in 1965; in 1968, he started to study the organ. He graduated from the Paris Conservatory with five first prizes (in harmony, counterpoint, fugue, organ and improvisation) and was taught by Henri Challan, Jean-Claude Raynaud, Marcel Bitsch and Rolande Falcinelli.
Between 1978 and 1990, he won five international organ competitions:
He was professor of counterpoint at the Paris Conservatory, professor of organ improvisation at the Regional Conservatory in Saint-Maur-des-Fossés, and professor of harmony and counterpoint at the Regional Conservatory in Saint-Germain-en-Laye.
He is known to be a master of improvisation. As an improviser, he improvised during the ceremonies at the Basilica of Saint-Denis, and during his recitals, in the tradition of French organ school.
As a composer, he has published an Ave Maria for mixed choir a capella (Lyon: À coeur joie, 2013), En Louisiane for trombone and piano (Sampzon: Delatour France, 2004), and Prologue et Noël varié for organ (Sampzon: Delatour France, 2007). In November 2017, three motets (Pater Noster; Ave Maria; Ave Verum), published with A coeur joie editions received their premiere performance at the Basilica of St. Denis.
Pincemaille died on 12 January 2018, at the local hospital in Suresnes, of lung cancer, aged 61. After his death, some events were given in memoriam, like concerts or radio broadcasts.
Pierre Pincemaille recorded around twenty CDs, among which:
Pierre Pincemaille was also involved in the DVD "The genius of Cavaille Coll" (BBC Music Magazine Awards 2014).