Marcel PérèsLiturgical Chant
Marcel Pérès is the founder and director of the Ensemble Organum, one of the most emblematic and influential music groups in the field of medieval liturgical music performance. With Ensemble Organum, Marcel has released forty or so records and CDs of which most have been awarded the highest acclaim: Diapason d’or, Classical Awards, Choc de l’année of the Monde de la Musique, and the New York Times’ essential records of the 20th century. Marcel is also the founder of the Royaumont Foundation, the CERIMM (Centre Européen pour la Recherche sur Interprétation des Musiques Médiévales), and the former Abbey of Moissac the CIRMA (Centre Itinérant de Recherche sur les Musiques Anciennes) a center designed to develop an informative approach between living traditions and musical archaeology. In 1990 Marcel was awarded the French Secretary of State’s international cultural relations Prix Léonard de Vinci, in 1996 the distinction of Chevalier de Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from the French Ministry of Culture, and in 2013 the distinction of Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. Mr. Pérès is also the godfather of the bell “Marcel” which has been built in 2012 and consecrated in 2013 to commemorate the 850 years of the Cathedral Notre-Dame de Paris.