Aurore Baal

Biography

Aurore Baal is a French organist, pianist, harpsichordist and composer. Born in Caen, she took piano lessons in Lisieux with Rose-Marie Cabestany and organ lessons with Anne Dumontet. She studied in Lyon with Professor Marie-Paule Aboulker for her Diploma in Music, majoring in piano (2006). Since 2007 she has worked as a piano teacher, as a choral musical director and accompanist, and she has organised numerous musical projects. Aurore completed a Bachelor degree in Music Education and Musicology in Lyon 2009, and in the same year, received the Prix de spécialisation, mention tres bien, piano in Mâcon with Bruno Robiliard. In 2010 she received an organ diploma with after studies with Yves Lafargue. In the following year, she completed a Masters degree in Musicology in Lyon, supervised by Professor Pierre Saby. In 2012, Aurore took up the position of organist of the Catholic Church in Dagmersellen, Switzerland. She is a frequent collaborator of the choral conductor and tenor Simon Jäger. 2014 saw her complete a Bachelor degree at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, focusing on early organ with Professor Wolfgang Zerer (and Lorenzo Ghielmi). Aurore founded the ensemble Azalée in 2014, together with dancer Mathilde Baal and violinist Aymeric Gracia. In 2015 she was awarded the Prix de spécialisation, orgue symphonique, in Strasbourg by Professor Daniel Maurer. She won first prize in 2014 at the Organ competition in Epinal and in 2016 in Innsbruck (Paul- Hofhaimer Competition). Aurore completed a Masters in Music Education in 2016 at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, majoring in organ with Professor Jörg-Andreas Bötticher and Professor Wolfgang Zerer. She completed a Masters in Organ Performance at the Hochschule für Musik, Basel, with Professor Martin Sander in 2018. Throughout Aurore's career, she has participated in a range of masterclasses with various organists, and has performed in France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg and Switzerland, Ukraine and other countries as both a soloist and an accompanist. In 2017 she was appointed organist of St Michael‘s church, Zug.

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