Organ Four-hands

organ four-hands

Event details

  • Sunday | 26 March 2023
  • 15:00
  • Église Saints-Anges de Lachine 1400, Boul. St-Joseph Lachine (Qc) H8S 2M8
  • Free Admission | Suggested Donation $10

Olivier Vernet, organist
Cédrik Meckler, organist

Since 2006, the duo devotes a part of its activity to the research of the organ repertoire for four-handed, by collecting old scores and by soliciting numerous contemporary composers.

This concert is presented in person, at the Saints-Anges de Lachine church


  • The size of the church allows social distancing
  • No tickets required



The Duo Vernet-Meckler was formed in 2006, when Olivier Vernet wanted to explore the organ pieces too rarely played in their authentic four-hand versions, or the great transcriptions for this formation. This impulse quickly materialized in several recordings hailed by enthusiastic critics in musical magazines such as Classica, Diapason, Pianiste, PianoNews, The American Organist, etc. : the complete Mozart, the complete Mendelssohn with the transcription of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by the author, the recital for the inauguration of the organ of the Cathedral of Tulle, the Joseph Haydn program on the organ of Mougins, the complete works for organ by Niels Gade, the “Pasión” around Hispanic dance, the “Concertos à 8 mains” in world premiere including the two concertos for piano and orchestra by Johannes Brahms in transcriptions for the new configuration of 4-handed organ and 4-handed piano as well as pieces specially written for 4-handed organ on the Cavaillé-Coll organ in Lunel then on the Merklin organ in Commentry. Also recorded are “BACH(s)”, dedicated to the Bach dynasty and including many unpublished pieces, “Le Rameau d’Olivier” devoted to transcriptions by the duo of works by Jean-Philippe Rameau on the historic organ of Saint -Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume and the “Sorcerer’s Apprentice” dedicated to French symphonic music on the great organ of Monaco Cathedral. All of these four-handed recordings are regularly broadcast on the airwaves, in France and abroad (France Musique, Europe 1, France Inter, Radio Classique, RCF, RTBF, RAI, American Public Media, etc.). In addition to an important concert activity which has taken them, among other places, to France, Russia, Belgium, Switzerland and Spain, the duo devotes a large part of its activity to the research and development of the repertoire for four-handed organ, by collecting old scores – often unpublished manuscripts – and by soliciting numerous current composers who dedicate works to him.


Chaconne BWV 1004

Transcription pour deux pianos Reinecke,
et l’accompagnement de Schumann et Mendelssohn

                                                             Jean-Sebastien BACH
(1685 – 1750)

Ouverture op. 21,  Nocture op.6           
Extrait : Le Songe d’une nuit d’été
de la version pour deux pianos du compositeur

(1809 – 1847)

L’Apprenti Sorcier
de la version pour deux pianos du compositeur

(1865 – 1935)

de la version pour deux pianos du compositeur

Maurice RAVEL
(1875 – 1937)


Thank you to all our sponsors


Arrondissement Lachine
Ville de Montréal
Conseil des arts de Montréal
PME MTL West-Island
Enrico Ciccone, député de Marquette
Bingo Lachine



Fondation Azrieli – Azrieli Foundation
Collégial international Sainte-Anne
Desjardins Caisse de Lachine



Piano Vertu
Fondation JM Canada



Atelier lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal
Cognitive Group



Beauchamp Laplante – Cabinet de services financiers
MLV Immobilier
Jean Coutu Aboud Georges
J.J. Cardinal Lachine
Martin & Cie, comptables professionnels agréés
IGA Extra Vallée
Centre visuel Victoria