Jonas Apeland, organist

Jonas Apeland, born in Bergen 1997, started his organ lessons with Amund Dahlen, Mariko Takei and Karstein Askeland before starting his undergraduate in church music at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo, with professor Terje Winge. Apeland did one year of studies with professor Hans-Ola Ericsson at McGill University in Montreal, where he also got an in-depth study in harpsichord and early music with professor Hank Knox. In 2020, Apeland was accepted as a master’s student at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris, with professors Olivier Latry and Michel Bouvard. Here, he also studied counterpoint and fugue with Thoams Ospital and wrote his master thesis on Gregorian chant in Olivier Messiaen’s organ music with professor and titular organist at Église de la Sainte Trinité, Thomas Lacôte. Apeland finished his master’s degree in the summer of 2022 with a complete performance of Messiaen’s La Nativié du Seigneur in La Trinité, in the church Messiaen himself was organist until his death. The master’s concert was rewarded with the highest achievable grade from the jury. As of August 2023, Apeland is the new Director of Music at the church of St. Andrew and St. Paul in Montreal, where he plays the magnificent 110 rank, 8 division, Casavant organ from 1932.