Maurice Clerc’s playing style is deeply rooted in the French tradition while drawing energy from the dynamism of modern organ playing. He has performed in approximately 1300 recitals in twenty countries consisting of 28 tours in North America (United States and Canada).
With over forty years of performing in four continents, Maurice has played at prestigious places such as Notre-Dame de Paris (France), Saint Patrick's Cathedral (United States), Lübeck Cathedral (Germany), Patriarchal Cathedral Basilica of Saint Mark (Italy), Saint Joseph's Oratory (Canada), St Paul's Cathedral (Melbourne, Australia), N.H.K. Hall (Japan) and the Hong Kong Cultural Centre (Hong Kong).
In 1987, Maurice was invited to play at the inauguration of the Flentrop organ in the National Theatre and Concert Hall, Taipei. In 1999, he attended the organist convention in Seoul. In 2003, he performed in Hong-Kong, China, Mexico and South Africa. In 2019, Maurice Clerc returned to Australia and New Zealand. In 2020, he played concerts and conducted masterclass in Japan and Hong Kong. His international career includes playing at leading festivals in Bruges, Ravenna, Madrid, Morelia, Saint Eustache in Paris, Milstatt, Frankfurt, Budapest, Warsaw, Buenos-Aires and Montevideo.
Born in Lyon in 1946, Maurice studied under the tutelage of Suzanne Chaise at The École Normale de Musique de Paris (France). In 1975, he was awarded the Premier Prix in organ in the class of Rolande Falcinelli at the Conservatoire National Supérieur (France). Under the tutelage of Gaston Litaize, Maurice spent several years deepening his interpretation of 18th century repertoire. From 1972, he had the opportunity to frequent Pierre Cochereau's improvisational course conducted at the Conservatory of Nice (France). Maurice won the improvisation prize in the international organ competition of Lyon in 1977.
Maurice Clerc is the Organist Emeritus of the Dijon Cathedral (France) after being the titular organist for 46 years from 1972 to 2018. He was also a professor at the Conservatory of Dijon (France). Maurice has recorded multiple times with repertoire that consisted of Johann Sebastian Bach and German baroque masters. He is a specialist of French organist music with a reputation for romantic and modern repertoire. He frequently performs the major works of César Franck, Louis Vierne, Marcel Dupré, André Fleury and Jean Langlais. His most recent recordings include Pierre Cochereau and French transcriptions.
Maurice Clerc is a Chevalier of the Legion of Honor.