Aquarelle by Victor Weller
His concert career is marked by eclecticism, performing
works from the Baroque, romantic and contemporary
eras. He is regularly invited to perform in France and
abroad (Holland, Germany, Slovenia, Croatia, Belgium,
Poland, Austria, Denmark, Russia, Mexico and Japan ...),
alone as well as with vocal ensembles and orchestras. He
takes care to propose programs where the works to be
played are put into the perspective of a theme or an idea,
thus facilitating his audience to make fascinating musical
Olivier Penin was appointed organist of the tribune of the
Great organ of the Basilica of Sainte Clotilde in Paris in
2004, a position he shared with Jacques Taddéi until 2012.
Since then, he has been the sole holder of the Basilica's
Great organ. He is responsible for the musical realisation
of the masses as well as the artistic direction of the
concerts on the second Saturday of the month. More
information on the site of the Great organ of Ste Clotilde.
Each year Olivier Penin offers a masterclass open to
professional organists, students and amateurs. It takes
place on the Great organ of the Basilica of St. Clotilde and
is dedicated to the masters of Saint Clotilde and their
sources of inspiration. He is also regularly invited to give
masterclasses abroad (Poland, England, Croatia).
Trained as a choir director, Olivier Penin led the ensemble
Ad Deum and in September 2019 founded the Ensemble
Optimé, where he is artistic director. More information….
In addition to CDs which he recorded on the Great organ
of the Basilica of Saint Clotilde, he regularly records
videos for You Tube, allowing the listener to experience
the music also on video on different organs. His videos
have surpassed 1.5 million views.
Drawings: Victor Weller
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