“Authentic musician and great technician...
here is, without a doubt, one of our organists worthy of interest.”
— La Presse
Matthieu Latreille is a Canadian choirmaster and organist. He has performed in Canada, the U.S.A. and France, at venues including Notre Dame Basilica in Montreal, the Church of Saint Germain des Prés in Paris, and the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles. He has an extensive repertoire spanning five centuries. The media have described his performances as “brilliant,” “virtuosic,” “polished,” and “dazzling.” His recordings have also been broadcasted in North America and Europe.
Latreille holds degrees from the Gatineau Conservatoire of Music (GCM) and the Montreal Conservatoire of Music (MCM). He studied organ at the GCM with Danielle Dubé where he was awarded the “Prix du lieutenant-gouverneur du Québec” in 2005. He pursued at the MCM with Jean Le Buis where he was awarded a “Prix avec grande distinction à l'unanimité du jury” in 2007. He then attended the post-graduate class studying choral conducting with Louis Lavigueur and working on the music of Maurice Duruflé until June 2008. He was the first Quebecer to perform the complete organ work of Duruflé in one single concert. In 2008-2009, he studied composition at the MCM and with Pierrette Froment-Savoie. On grants, he took organ lessons with Pierre Grandmaison (Montréal), Cherry Rhodes (Los Angeles), and Jean Galard (Paris). In addition to winning first prizes at the Lynnwood Farnam Competition and the Osborne Organ Competition, he was selected as one of ten organists to participate in the first edition of the Longwood Gardens International Organ Competition.
Between 2006 and 2011, Latreille served as organist-choirmaster at Notre Dame de Grâce and St. Augustine of Canterbury parishes in Montreal. After two years spent in Los Angeles, his wife, Francine Nguyen-Savaria, and he moved to Belleville, Ontario where they jointly held the position of Director of Music at St. Thomas Anglican Church from 2014 to 2019. There, they founded Saint Thomas’ Choral Academy, and Music at St. Thomas', a concert series that they still direct.
Latreille has also transcribed orchestral music for organ, including a transcription of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony for organ duo, which he performs with his wife. In 2018, he has released his first solo CD dedicated to organist-composers who lived in France at the beginning of the 20th century. He also presents videos on his YouTube channel which has over 100,000 views. In his free time, he enjoys doing CrossFit.