The Pro-Cathedral is absolutely delighted to announce the appointment of Aleksandr Nisse as Cathedral Organist. Aleksandr takes up his position in March 2022.
Aleksandr Nisse is an organist and composer of Russian (St. Petersburg) and French (Paris) descent. Aleksandr spent his childhood years growing up in Hamburg and in the family ancestral home in Normandy, France.
As a child Aleksandr was influenced by the legendary blind organist Helmut Walcha who was his father's teacher and by his aunt Danielle Salvignol-Nisse, a student of Jean Langlais and Gaston Litaize. Having studied piano with Valery Krol, Aleksandr went on to study organ with Susan Landale in Paris and continued his keyboard studies with Louis Robilliard at the Conservatoire National de Region de Lyon, where he was unanimously awarded "Premier Prix de Perfectionnement" with distinction. A scholarship for postgraduate studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London followed where he studied under Nicolas Kynaston and Lionel Rogg.
He regularly performs concerts in Ireland, Switzerland, France and Germany and succeeded in obtaining an award from TU Dublin for a PhD in composition under the supervision of Prof. Gráinne Mulvey. His research area lies in the application of the exact partial pitches of the harmonic series. He is currently the resident organist of Whitefriar Street church in Dublin.
His recent recording, “The Ascension”, on the world famous Selby Abbey organ received 5 stars in the Choir and Organ magazine and 4 stars in the BBC Music Magazine.
As a composer he was commissioned in 2019 by the Hochschule der Künste Bern, Switzerland to write an Irish based composition for voice, strings, wind dynamical organ and dancers. Entitled aiséirí, this piece was performed as part of a dance production in Bern Minster in June 2019.
His most recent piece NOTINTUNE was commissioned by the Crash Ensemble. A reflection on the excessive exposure to digital devices on society, the piece explores what happens when humans, distracted and out of tune with their natural selves and surroundings, lose empathy, a quality without which it is suggested our human civilization might cease to exist.
7/2/2022 05:52:45 pm
I share in the joyful news of Alek's appointment as 'organist titulaire' (yes, the Adm has told me that he is to be conferred with the 'titulaire' title, as it was to me on my appointment in 1976!).
7/2/2022 09:44:29 pm
What a marvelous addition to the Pro-Cathedral Staff, and to the town and community as well! He has had the best teachers, and I wonder how these schools and teachers compare with those at Eastman, Oberlin, and Curtis in the States. The sub-organist at the Cathedral in Oxford, Ben Sheen, just recently married a friend, Molly Quinn, from Chapel Hill, near my town of Durham, NC. She's a wonderful singer, especially in the Bach Cantata series here at Duke University. Congratulations upon your appointment of Mr. Nisse! Sincerely, Bill Graham
12/2/2022 10:07:07 pm
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