Born in 1991 in Strasbourg, Thomas Kientz is a French organist and improviser, international concert performer.
Thomas Kientz is a laureate of several international competitions: the Olivier Messiaen competition (Lyon 2019), the 8th organ competition of Saint-Maurice (Switzerland 2015), the “Grand Prix Florentz” of the Académie des Beaux-Arts (Angers 2016), the André Marchal/Gaston Litaize competition (2017), the Schnitger competition of Alkmaar (Netherlands, 2017).
Since then, he has had an international career as a concert artist and organ improviser. He is regularly invited to prestigious festivals in France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Belgium, Luxembourg, Spain, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States where he was artist in residence at the Cathedral of New Orleans (Louisiana).
Thomas Kientz is a professor at the Haute Ecole de Musique (HEMU) in Lausanne/Fribourg and teaches at the Royal Conservatory in Brussels.
He is also titular organist at the Abbey of Saint-Maurice (VS). At the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris,
Thomas Kientz studied with Olivier Latry, Michel Bouvard, Thierry Escaich, Philippe Lefebvre, Yves Henry, Pierre Pincemaille, Laszlo Fassang, Isabelle Duha, Alain Mabit. He holds a Master’s degree in organ performance, a Master’s degree in improvisation, and Prizes in harmony, counterpoint, 20th/XXIst century writing and Fugue. In addition, he met in Brussels the Belgian composer Benoît Mernier and within the framework of the Higher Institute of Music in Namur (Belgium) obtained a Master’s degree specialized in organ interpretation.
On the recording front, Thomas Kientz has made several recordings, including his complete Homilius organ chorales published by Hortus. It has been acclaimed by the critics, obtained 5 diapasons and 5 stars in Classica. “This endearing repertoire finally benefits from its reference version”, X.Bisaro, Diapason, n°667, p 91.
Passionate about creation in all its forms and about timbre, Thomas Kientz is also a composer. His work Dominus Illuminatio mea for grand-organ won the composition competition of Saint- Sulpice in Paris. He also won a 3rd prize in the competition of the Swiss Society of Contemporary Music (ISCM) with his work for choir O Virgo Splendens.