Thomas Ospital (photo: Celine Nieszawer)


Organ matinee with Thomas Ospital and Bruno Delepelaire

A French morning with Thomas Ospital, titular organist at the great organ of Saint-Eustache in Paris, and Bruno Delepelaire, solo cellist of the Berlin Philharmonic. In this unusual instrumental combination, works from the French homeland of the two musicians will be heard, including pieces by composers who are otherwise rarely performed in concert. One of Thomas Ospital's focuses is improvisation – among other things in the accompaniment of silent films – and in our concert you will also experience this particular art form.

Thomas Ospital organ

Bruno Delepelaire cello

Organ & Cello

Marcel Dupré

Soonata for cello and organ in A minor, op. 60: 1st Movement Allegro marcato

Bruno Delepelaire cello

César Franck

Chorale No. in B minor, FWV 39

Gabriel Fauré

Romance for cello and organ in A minor, op. 69

N. N. , Bruno Delepelaire cello

Joseph Jongen

Humoresque for cello and organ, op. 92

Bruno Delepelaire cello

Charles-Marie Widor

Organ Symphony No. 6 in G minor, op. 42: 2nd Movement Allegro

Rolande Falcinelli

Kénose for cello and organ, op. 68

Bruno Delepelaire cello

Thomas Ospital


Émile Bourdon

Andantino religioso for cello and organ, op. 15

Bruno Delepelaire cello

Thierry Escaich

Évocation II

Dates and Tickets


Bruno Delepelaire was born in Paris and began playing the cello at the age of five; he studied with Philippe Muller at the Paris Conservatory. He came to Berlin in 2012 to continue his training with Jens-Peter Maintz at the University of the Arts and with Ludwig Quandt at the Karajan Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker. He also attended master classes with François Salque, Wen-Sinn Yang and Wolfgang Boettcher. Bruno Delepelaire gained orchestral experience with the Verbier Festival Orchestra and the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra. He has been first principal cellist with the Berliner Philharmoniker since November 2013.

Bruno Delepelaire has received several awards, both as a soloist and with his string quartet, Quatuor Cavatine. He can also be heard as a chamber musician in concerts with the Berlin Piano Quartet and the 12 Cellists of the Berliner Philharmoniker. He has appeared as a soloist with the Munich Radio Orchestra as well as the symphony orchestras in Aalborg, Stavanger and Bournemouth. Bruno Delepelaire plays a cello made by Matteo Goffriller, on loan from the Karolina Blaberg Foundation.

Born in the Basque region of France in 1990, Thomas Ospital began his musical training at the Conservatory in Bayonne. He continued his studies at the Paris Conservatory with Olivier Latry, Michel Bouvard and Thierry Escaich. The organist has received awards at numerous international competitions, including the International Organ Competition in Chartres in 2014, where he won several prizes. In 2012 he was Young Artist in Residence at the Saint Louis Cathedral in New Orleans (US); in 2015 he served as Artist in Residence at the Sacred Music Festival in Rocamadour. That same year Thomas Ospital was appointed titular organist of the grand organ at the Church of Saint-Eustache in Paris. His activities as a concert organist, chamber musician, and orchestral soloist have taken him to many European countries, to Russia and the US. Improvisation is an important element of his performances; Thomas Ospital does a great deal to preserve this art, frequently accompanying silent films, for example. He has been professor of harmony at the Paris Conservatory since 2017.

Thomas Ospital (photo: Celine Nieszawer)

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