Benjamin Alard

Benjamin Alard’s principal passion has always been the music of Bach and it was for his interpretation of this composer that he was awarded first prize in the 2004 Harpsichord Competition in Bruges.
While still quite young he began studying music in his hometown in Dieppe. He was soon drawn to the organ and entered the Conservatory of Rouen where he studied with Louis Thiry and François Ménissier. He was first introduced to the harpsichord by Elizabeth Joyé before going on, in 2003, to the Schola Cantorum in Basel to work with Jorg-Andreas Botticher, Jean-Claude Zehnder and Andrea Marcon. Since 2005 he has been organist of the Bernard-Aubertin organ in the church of Saint-Louis-en-l’Ile in Paris where each season he gives concerts. Today he divides his time between performing recitals and chamber music on both the harpsichord and organ. He’s regularly invited to perform as soloist in music series all over the world. Since 2005 he has been a member of La Petite Bande, an ensemble founded in 1973 by Gustav Leonhardt and Sigiswald Kuijken, often conducting the group from the harpsichord.

He has recorded for the label Hortus and has made several recordings of works by Bach for Alpha. His recordings have consistently received high praise from the press. He will now devote himself to the complete works for harpsichord and organ solo of Bach for harmonia mundi. The first box is now released.

©Bernard Martinez