Yannick MERLIN is co-titular organist at Notre-Dame-Des-Champs Church in Paris since October 2008 and substitute organist at the Cavaillé-Coll organ of Val-de-Grâce Church in Paris since July 2005. A qualified „Professeur agrégé de musique“, he holds the diplomas from the Faculties of musicology from Strasbourg and Paris/Sorbonne.

Concert artist (France, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Poland, England) and musicologist (articles published in the journals L’Orgue, L’Annuaire de Sélestat or La Flûte Harmonique) he has been Director of collections for Delatour France editions since 2005. He also appears with orchestral formations (string orchestra of the Republican guard…).

From 1995 to 2001, he was titular organist of the Merklin organ at the St-Antoine of Sélestat convent. From 1998 to 2007, he was titular organist of the Merklin organ at the Temple-Neuf in Strasbourg.

He began his organ studies in 1993 with Raymond Winterhalter. He entered the C.N.R of Strasbourg in the organ class of Marc Schaefer and the organ improvisation class of Christophe Mantoux. In parallel, he received the teaching of Andre Stricker. From 1998 to 2001, he pursued piano courses with Lara Erbès, and also from Martin Gester (literature of the organ of the XVI° and XVII° centuries). In 2001, he obtained a gold organ medal from the C.N.R. of Strasbourg.

From 2001 to 2003, he studied in the performance class of the Conservatory of Paris-C.N.R (Marie-Louise Langlais) and with Françoise Levéchin. Among the great artists that Y. Merlin has had the occasion to associate with and also receive valuable advice, one can name Louis Thiry, Jean Boyer, James-David Christie (USA), and Marie-Claire Alain. He is also prize winner of the international organ competitions of Lorraine, U.F.A.M., and the city of Paris, as well as the Angers Organ  competition.

His compact disc Alsatian organ of the 19th and 20th Centuries (Boëllmann, Erb, Stern, Wackenthaler…) was released in 2005 and was praised by the critics. He has also 4 others recordings : Orchestral colors (organ transcriptions for four hands and four feet with Béatrice Piertot, Ctésibios, 2010). He participated at the recording of the Vingt Mystères du Rosaire of Eric Lebrun (Bayard Musiques, 2010). Un musicien à l’œuvre (Works of J.-J. Werner ; with the Maîtrise de Notre-Dame de Paris, 2010) ; Scènes alsaciennes, second cd of MERLIN’s DUET (on the Callinet historical organ restaured of Mollau, 2011).

Y. Merlin is also interested in contemporary music. He is the dedicatee of works by de J.-J. WERNER, D. ROTH, V. PAULET, T. PALLESCO, T. NEMOTO, B. MATHIEU, É. LEBRUN and G. HILPIPRE. In May 2010, with F. Frémeau, trumpet, Y. Merlin created the Suite pour Rameau of Olivier ALAIN, in the presence of his sister, Marie-Claire ALAIN.

Translation : Heather Hernandez


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