Great Organ Music at Yale 2010-2011
Sophie-Véronique Cauchefer-Choplin, organist
Music of Couperin, Bach, Franck, Mulet, Bédard, and an improvisation
Sunday, November 21| 8 pm
Woolsey Hall (College and Grove)
The 2010 – 2011 season of Great Organ Music at Yale concludes on Sunday, November 21 with a recital by
Sophie-Véronique Cauchefer-Choplin at 8pm in Woolsey Hall in New Haven.
The works on Cauchefer-Choplin’s program span more than three hundred years, including pieces by François Couperin, J.S. Bach, César Franck, Henry Mulet, and Denis Bédard, as well as an improvisation on a given theme.
Sophie-Véronique Cauchefer-Choplin was named titular of the Grand Orgue of Saint Jean-Baptiste de la Salle in Paris in 1983. In 1985, she added the position of co-titular of the Grand Orgue of Saint Sulpice Paris with Daniel Roth. In 1990 after advanced study with Loïc Mallié, she became the first woman to win the second prize in improvisation at the Chartres International Organ Improvisation Competition. She has an extensive international career, having given recitals in Europe, Russia, Japan, Singapore, China, Iceland, United States, Canada and Australia. Since 1998, she has given master classes of improvisation (Dallas, Chicago, New-York, Washington, Minneapolis, Tokyo, Hong-Kong, Singapore, Melbourne, Sydney, etc. and throughout France) and she has led organ improvisation courses in Biarritz and London. She is also Organ Professor at the Royal College of Music of London, and regularly invited to judge national and international organ competitions (AGO National Convention - Chicago 2006, Biarritz 2007, Angers 2008, Chartres International Competition 2008).
Cauchefer-Choplin is considered by her peers to be one of the best improvisers of her generation. Her compact discs of Bach, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Franck, Rheinberger, Messiaen, Grunenwald, and Roth, along with her recorded improvisations, have garnered high praise. Her latest recording of Mendelssohn and Bédard received a “5 diapasons” award in June 2008.
The New Haven recital, presented by Yale Institute of Sacred Music, is free and open to the public; no tickets are required.