The French organist, Louis Thiry, is a former pupil of André Marchal. graduating with a first prize at the Paris Conservatoire in Rolande Falcinelli’s class (1958). His curiosity leads him to take a particular interest in the great wealth of medieval music.
Louis Thiry is titular organist of the Lefebvre historic organ (18th) in the Chapel of the “Charles Nicole” Hospital in Rouen, Professor at the Regional Conservatoire in Rouen and Chevalier de l’Ordre national du Mérite. He has taken part in many festivals all over the world, including Lille Besançon, Festival estival de Paris, Harlem, the Messiaen Festival in Moscow, Venice, Palermo, Madrid, Vienna, Geneva, Düsseldorf, Köln, Karlsruhe, Luxembourg, Brussels, Antwerp, London, Helsinki, Copenhagen, Salzbourg, Oslo, Noumea (Nouvelle Calédonie), Taipeh (Republic of China).
Louis Thiry is best known for his recording of Olivier Messiaen and J.S. Bach. He recorded the complete organ’s works of O. Messiaen in 1972 on the organ of St. Pierre Cathedral in Genève (Grand Prix du Disque de l'Académie Charles Cros), The Well Tempered Clavier (BWV 846-869 & BWV 870-893) on the organ of Eglise Réformée d’Auteuil (1972, 1975) and The Art of Fugue of (BWV 1080) by J.S. Bach on the Silbermann organ of Saint Thomas Church, Strasbourg (1993).
Olivier Messiaen wrote about him: "Louis Thiry is an extraordinary organist. An accomplished virtuose, an-allround musician, with unequalled memory and skill : he may be classed among the heroes of music (he has given several fine perfomances of my most difficult organ works -in particular my “Messe de la Pentecôte”). All those who have heard and all those who will hear Louis Thiry can but admire him."