“Thomas Kientz, fresh from the Paris Conservatory, and already covered in awards, signs at Hortus a real gem. Nothing to say about it: a fine and diversified touch, a breath and a freedom … Thomas Kientz is certainly one of the talents of the young French organ school. A name to discover and follow.” A. Leger, Classica, April 2018, n ° 201, page 102.
Born in 1991, Thomas Kientz distinguished himself on the international scene by winning three organ interpretation competitions: the Olivier Messiaen international competition (Lyon 2019), the 8th organ competition in Saint-Maurice (Switzerland 2015), the “Grand Prix Florentz” of the Academy of Fine Arts (Angers 2016). He also won the “second prize” at the international André Marchal / Gaston Litaize competition (2017) and the “third prize” at the Schnitger competition in Alkmaar (Netherlands, 2017). Artist recognized for his musical commitment, he is now developing a career as a soloist performer and improviser on the organ. He has performed in France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Belgium, Luxembourg, United Kingdom as well as in the United States where he was young artist in residence at the cathedral of New Orleans (Louisiana) from October 2013 to April 2014.
Thomas Kientz is a laureate of the National Conservatory of Music and Dance of Paris with Olivier Latry, Michel Bouvard, Thierry Escaich, Philippe Lefebvre, Yves Henry, Pierre Pincemaille, Laszlo Fassang, Isabelle Duha, Alain Mabit. He holds a Masters in organ interpretation, a Masters in improvisation, and prizes for harmony, counterpoint, XXth / XXIth writing and Fugue. In addition, Thomas Kientz met in Brussels the composer Benoît Mernier and within the framework of the Higher Institute of Music of Namur (Belgium) obtained a Master of interpretation on the organ.
In terms of discography, Thomas Kientz has several labeled recordings including his complete organ chorals of Homilius published by Hortus. It is acclaimed by the critics, obtains 5 tuning forks and 5 stars in Classica. “This endearing repertoire finally benefits from its reference version”, X.Bisaro, Diapason, n ° 667, p 91.
Thomas Kientz is the organist of the Abbey of Saint-Maurice in Valais.