Meet the Artist: Bernard Foccroulle
November 2, 2017
Meet organist Bernard Foccroulle, who performs in this year's White Light Festival with visual artist Lynette Wallworth for Darkness and Light (November 9), a powerful program of four centuries of organ music paired with evocative video projections of the natural world.
First instrument you played?
At the age of 5, I wanted to play the organ but I had to start with the piano for 10 years.
Top three influences (musical or otherwise)?
Gustav Leonhardt (organ and harpsichord), Luciano Berio (composition), Mahmoud Darwish (poet).
Artist/album you have on repeat?
Miles Davis, In a Silent Way.
Last live performance you saw?
Così fan tutte at the Opéra de Lille, conducted by Emmanuelle Haïm and directed by Christophe Honoré.
Favorite city to play?
Favorite book or movie?
First live performance you remember seeing?
An organ concert given by Helmut Walcha (Liège, 1961).
Artist you'd most like to meet (past or present)?
"E vidi quattro stelle," a 50-minute composition for soprano, baritone, brass quartet, harp, and organ, based on Dante's Purgatorio.
Country (or city) you'd most like to visit?
Artist you'd most like to collaborate with?
An organ-dance project with Anne-Teresa De Keersmaeker.
First time you realized you wanted to be an artist?
After my first concert at the age of 17.
Play sports at least three times a week.
You hope someone comes away from one of your performances feeling…?
Having discovered organ music in a completely new way.
Next goal or challenge you're setting for yourself?
Writing an opera.
What do you want to be when you "grow up"?
A great football [soccer] player!