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Johann Vexo
Organiste de Choeur, Notre-Dame de Paris

Over the course of 2020, St. James Cathedral, Seattle will present the complete organ works of composer Louis Vierne, the principal organist at Notre-Dame Cathedral from 1900-1937, in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of his birth. For our first concert in this celebration, we are honored to welcome Johann Vexo, the current Choir Organist of the Cathedral of Notre-Dame, in recital, featuring Vierne's Symphony No. 1. His recital also includes J. S. Bach's Fantasia and Fugue in G minor, BWV 542; Felix Mendelssohn's Variations sérieuses; and César Franck's Choral No. 3 in A minor.

Johann Vexo was born in the French city of Nancy–a city close to the borders of Belgium, Luxembourg, and Germany. Surrounded and influenced by the rich musical and cultural heritage of that region of France, his training and performance career developed so rapidly that at age 25 he was appointed Organiste de Choeur (Choir Organist) at the Cathedral of Notre-Dame, Paris. Soon thereafter he was also appointed Organist of the grand Cavaillé-Coll organ of the Cathedral in Nancy, and most recently Professor of Organ at the Superior Music Academy in Strasbourg. His very physical approach to playing results in wonderfully rhythmic music-making, "the kind you feel as well as hear, and in riveting performances where this is no notion of organ playing as dull or dutiful or pompous." (Dallas Morning News)

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