Short biography of Loïc Mallié
While still at school, Loïc Mallié was already an advanced music student. In 1966 he gained the national Baccalauréat in philosophy, and in 1971 he qualified in law. At the same time he attended the ‘Conservatoire de Rennes’ and was awarded a 1st prize for organ in 1968.
Mallié went on to study at the ‘Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris’ with prestigious teachers including Jeanine Rueff, Henriette Puig-Roget, Olivier Messiaen and Marchel Bitsch. He gained 1st prizes in harmony (1974), fugue and counterpoint (1975), improvisation (1978) and organ (1979), and a certificate in composition (1977).
At international competitions Loïc Mallié won 1st prizes for piano improvisation (Lyon, 1977), organ improvisation (Lyon, 1979) and a 1st Grand Prix for improvisation (Chartres, 1982).
In 1980 Mallié was appointed to teach composition, analysis and improvisation at the ‘Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Lyon et Paris’ and the ‘Conservatorio Superior de Música de San Sebastián’ in Spain. He became titular organist of Saint-Pothin in Lyon in 1989 (Merklin organ, 1876), after being assistant titular organist of Saint-Peter at Neuilly (Cavaillé-Coll organ, 1900) for fifteen years. In 2011 he became titular organist of the Sainte-Trinité in Paris (Cavaillé-Coll organ, 1868), where Olivier Messiaen was organist for more than sixty years.
Loïc Mallié is a regular teacher and recitalist at organ festivals in Great Britain, France, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Germany, Italy, Spain, Iceland, Poland, Norway and Canada.
He has composed important works for organ, piano, orchestra and choir, as well as chamber music, which are published by Editions Lemoine, Billaudot, Notissimo and Fuzeau. He recorded for the REM, Verany and Hortus labels on the Cavaillé-Coll organ in the ‘Madeleine’ in Paris (improvisations on themes by Wagner), the Gonzales organ in the St. Vaast in Bailleul (improvisations on themes by Debussy), the Merklin-Kern organ in the St. Pothin in Lyon (improvisations and his own works Affettuoso and Fantaisie sur BACH), and the Stahlhuth-Jann organ in the ‘Saint-Martin’ in Dudelange, Luxembourg (improvisations and his own work Quasi una sequentia).
Short biography Henco de Berg
The blind musician Henco de Berg was born in 1967 in the Frisian town of Drachten (the Netherlands). He studied organ and piano with Ernest Gervais, the blind organist of the R.C. ‘St Agathakerk’ at Lisse, and organ with Jet Dubbeldam, Arie Keijzer and Maurice Pirenne at the ‘Rotterdams Conservatorium’, where he took his performing and teaching diplomas and qualified in improvisation. De Berg studied music theory with Henk de Croon at the ‘Fontys Conservatorium’ in Tilbourg, and followed advanced improvisation studies with Arie Keijzer and Jan Welmers. He attended two series of masterclasses in improvisation for organ and piano, directed by Loïc Mallié, at the International Summer Academy in Haarlem, and specialised in Bach interpretation with Piet Kee.
De Berg is a recitalist in the Netherlands and abroad, and is organist of the Walloon church in Breda (organ by König,1763). He teaches organ and improvisation at the ‘Fontys Conservatorium’ and the Young Musicians Academy in Tilbourg.
For the Prestare label Henco de Berg recorded five CDs with improvisations in many forms, including the symphony, sonata, trio sonata, symphonic fantasia and double fugue, several series of variations and a programmatic depiction of the Stations of the Cross. The recordings were made on the Müller organ in the ‘Bavokerk’ in Haarlem, the Bätz organ in the Evangelical Lutheran church in The Hague, the Marcussen organ in the ‘Laurenskerk’ in Rotterdam, the Cavaillé-Coll organ in the ‘Madeleine’ in Paris, and the Stahlhuth-Jann organ in the ‘Saint-Martin’ in Dudelange (Luxembourg). The latter recording features works by Max Reger (Zweite Sonate in d-moll, opus 60), Louis Vierne, Marcel Dupré and Olivier Messiaen (including l’Ascension de Notre-Seigneur).