Ignace Michiels

 

Ignace Michiels studied the organ, the piano and the harpsichord at the Academy of Bruges, his home town.

In 1986 he was prizewinner at the Institute Lemmens in Louvain. He successively improved his talent as a musician with Robert Anderson at the Southern Methodist University in Dallas, at the Royal Academy of Brussels with Herman Verschraegen and with Odile Pierre at the Paris National Conservatoire where he obtained the highly appreciated Prix d' Excellence. He also obtained the Higher Diploma of organ music at the Royal Academy of Ghent.

Ignace Michiels is organ professor at the Royal Conservatoire in Ghent. He also teaches organ at Bruges academy and is titular-organist at the Saint-Saviours cathedral in the same town.

He conducted the oratorio choir 'Cantores' for 15 years and organises the organfestival in the cathedral of Bruges.

His repertoire includes the complete works of Bach for organ, Franck, Mendelsshon, Dupré and Messiaen, the symphonies of Widor and Vierne, the organ sonatas of Guilmant and Rheinberger.

As an organist, he gives concerts both as a soloist and with orchestra or choir in many places around the world. Furthermore he is a wellseen guest in the jury for international organ concours and professor in workshops and masterclasses.

Ignace Michiels was often asked for recordings with the Flemish classical radio. He also realised several CD productions.