French organist to give recital on Hesston College organ

Pierre Queval
Pierre Queval

French organist Pierre Queval will give a recital on the Andover Organ at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 29, at Hesston Mennonite Church on the Hesston College campus. The concert is free and open to the public with a reception to follow. The concert is made possible by The John Ernest Foundation.

Queval will perform music by J.S. Bach, Franҫois Couperin, Robert Schumann, Felix Mendelssohn, and César Franck. He will conclude the evening with an improvisation.

Born in 1988 in the region of Nantes, Queval is a graduate of the Conservatories of Nantes and Saint-Maur-des-Fossés, where he studied organ and improvisation with Michel Bourcier, Eric Lebrun, and Pierre Pincemaille.

A recent graduate of the Master’s program at the Conservatoire de Paris (CNSMDP), he was an organ student of Michel Bouvard and Olivier Latry. He studied improvisation with Thierry Escaich, Laszlo Fassang, Philippe Léfèbvre and Jean-François Zygel. In 2014, he received a bachelor’s degree in improvisation. In 2013, he received his diploma in counterpoint, which he studied in the class of Pierre Pincemaille

Since 2014, Queval has been the “Organiste Titulaire” of the Cavaillé-Coll/Haerpfer-Ermann organ at Saint-Ignace in Paris, and since 2007 the assistant organist of the historical Debierre organ at Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Port in Nantes. He regularly performs recitals across France and in Paris at churches including Notre-Dame, Saint-Eustache, La Trinité, Saint-Sulpice, and Saint-Séverin.