About Organ Duet
Holder of a doctorate in Medicine (MD) and a doctorate in Neurosciences (PhD), Cédric Meckler is colonel medical officer at the Institut de Recherche Biomédicale des Armées. After completing a thesis in Medicine at Claude Bernard University in Lyons, dedicated to Robert Schumann’s mental disease, he defended another thesis in Neurosciences at the C.N.R.S. in Marseille, focused on the study of cerebral activity related to control of motor activities, particularly during music performance. He developed an early passion for the four-hand repertoire, which he regularly played with great diligence (piano duet and piano duo).
Vernet-Meckler Organ Duet was formed when Olivier Vernet wished to explore four-hand pieces for organ in their authentic versions, as well as transcriptions. This swiftly took shape and the subsequent recordings received high acclaim from critics: Mozart’s complete organ works (awarded Choc du Monde de la Musique), Mendelssohn’s complete organ works including the composer’s four-hand transcription of A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Diapason d’Or, 4 étoiles Monde de la Musique, 5/5Hifi-Video, Maestro Pianiste, CD of the year Audiophile Mélomane, “essential recording” according to Diapason in its Mendelssohn bicentenary issue), a recital album in the cathedral of Tulle including a piece composed especially for their organ duet by Julien Bret (5/5Hifi-Video, 4 étoiles Monde de la Musique), a Haydn programme including the recently discovered four-hand Partita and the last Flötenuhr-Stücke (4 étoiles Monde de la Musique, La Clef ResMusica.com ), and Niels Gade’s complete organ works ( 5 diapasons, Excellent Disque Classica), the Carl Reinecke four-hand transcription of the Ciaccona as a bonus track in the republished Bach’s complete solo organ works by Olivier Vernet, a programme around Hispanic dances entitled “Pasión” (Ravel, Albeniz, De Falla, Piazzolla, and Cholley) including transcriptions by the composers themselves and Tango furioso composed especially for their organ duet by Pierre Cholley (CD of the year 2011 Orgelnieuws), four-hand extracts from Rameau’s Les Indes Galantes on the Jean-André Silberman organ in Soultz, a world premiere recording of period transcriptions for eight hands of the two concertos for piano and orchestra by Johannes Brahms (« 6/6 PianoNews ») in a combination of organ duet with piano duet (Lafitte sisters), recital albums on the Cavaillé-Coll organ of Lunel (Excellent disque Classica), and the Merklin organ of Commentry. These four-hand recordings are regularly broadcast on national and international radio stations (France Musique, Europe 1, France Inter, Radio Classique, RCF, RTBF, RAI, American Public Media…). In addition to its concert activity (Festival du Comminges, International Organ Festival of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, Belfort Organ Festival, Festival du Printemps des Orgues in Angers, International Organ Festival of Saint-Louis-des-français à Rome, Victoria Hall in Geneva, Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona, Liège Philharmonic Hall, Auditorium Maurice Ravel in Lyons…), Vernet-Meckler Organ Duet devotes a large part of its activity to searching for and developing organ duet repertoire. Olivier Vernet and Cédric Meckler collect old scores, often unpublished or stored as manuscripts. They also ask contemporary composers to expand organ duet repertoire (Julien Bret, Pierre Cholley, Rafihavana Ratovodrahety, Tal Zilber, Philip Robert Buttal, John Carmichael, Charles Balayer…).