Jean-Willy Kunz

Jean-Willy Kunz


Jean-Willy Kunz is the first organist in residence of the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal. In addition to playing both with the Orchestra and in recital, he sees to the development and showcasing of the OSM’s Grand Orgue Pierre-Béique installed at Maison symphonique de Montréal.

He studied organ at the Lyon Conservatory with Louis Robilliard, at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal with Mireille Lagacé and then at McGill University, where he earned a doctorate with John Grew. He has been a prize-winner at a number of organ competitions, including the “Grand Prix de Chartres” International Competition and the Canadian International Organ Competition in Montréal, where in 2011 he won third prize and the Richard-Bradshaw Audience Prize.

Jean-Willy Kunz is organist and harpsichordist with Ensemble Caprice as well as organist with the Société de musique contemporaine du Québec. This season, he also became conductor in residence with the Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal, alongside Christopher Jackson.

His discography includes many recordings which reflect the broad range of his musical influences: traditional music of the Balkans for saxophones and organ; two masses by Théodore Dubois for chorus and organ; 20th century French music for harpsichord, flute and clarinet; Quebec song with Pierre Lapointe; baroque music with Ensemble Caprice; the original score for a number of short films. He has co-written a book on German organist Helmut Walcha as well as an article entitled “L’orgue et le regard de l’écoute” (Presses de l’Université de Montréal, 2014).


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