Johann Vexo, internationally renowned organist, performs a featured recital at Christ Church, Philadelphia, on Sunday, October 23 at 5PM. The program, played on the dazzling Esther Wideman Memorial Organ, C.B. Fisk’s Op. 150, will feature works of Bach, Mendelssohn, Franck, and Vierne. Free and open to the public, with a free-will offering.
Johann Vexo was born in the French city of Nancy, close to the borders of Belgium, Luxembourg, and Germany. Influenced by the rich musical and cultural heritage of this part of Europe, Johann’s training and performance career developed rapidly and at age 25 he was appointed Choir Organist at the Cathedral of Notre Dame, Paris. Soon thereafter he was also appointed Organist of the Cavaillé-Coll organ of the Cathedral in Nancy. He is also Professor of Organ at the Conservatory as well as the Superior Music Academy in Strasbourg.
Johann Vexo began his organ studies with Christophe Mantoux at the Strasbourg Conservatory where he was awarded Premier Prix in organ. He continued at the Paris Conservatory where his teachers included Michel Bouvard and Olivier Latry for organ and Thierry Escaich and Philippe Lefebvre for improvisation.
He has performed extensively throughout Europe, the United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and Russia including performances in Auckland, Chicago, Geneva, Los Angeles, Melbourne, Montréal, Munich, New York, Saint Petersburg, San Francisco and Vienna. Known for his generous, supportive, and captivating teaching style, Mr. Vexo has taught master classes at Rice University, the Curtis Institute of Music, the University of Michigan.
Johann Vexo has made several recordings of French classical and German romantic music on historic French organs. His most recent recording, performed on the great organ of Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris, was released on the JAV label. He has over 50 performance videos featured on YouTube.
Johann Vexo is represented in North America exclusively by Phillip Truckenbrod Concert Artists, LLC.