Olivier Vernet

Olivier Vernet’s outstanding career has confirmed the hopes raised by the numerous awards he received over the course of his studies with Litaize, Marie-Claire Alain and Chapuis in the class where he won First Prize for organ at the CNSM de Paris.
After unanimously being given the First Prize with honours at the international competition arranged by the U.F.A.M. in Paris in 1984, he won First Prize in 1991 at the International Organ Competition in Bordeaux. He has also received awards from the foundations of Khachaturian, Bleustein-Blanchet, Marcelle and Robert de Lacour, and Yehudi Menuhin.
To date, Olivier Vernet has recorded 110 CDs, which have received distinguished awards including the Diapason d’Or, the Choc du Monde de la Musique, and ffff from Télérama. Other awards include several 10 de Répertoire, Joker from Crescendo, and Recommandé by Classica. Four of the most sought-after honors have been bestowed on Vernet by the French language musical press: Le Grand Prix de la Nouvelle Académie du Disque for the complete works of Buxtehude, the Grand Prix de l’Académie Charles Cros, the Grand Prix de l’Académie des Beaux-Arts, the 2000 Diapason d’Or for his complete works of Bach and the 2016 Choc Classica for his recording of Bruhns, Hanff and Kneller complete organ works.

He is the titular organist of the Cathedral of Monaco. As such, he played at the grand organ for the princely wedding in 2011.
He is the Artistic Director for the Monaco International Organ Festival.


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