“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 from Gatineau, Quebec. He has given recitals in Canada, the United States and France. He has an extensive repertoire spanning five centuries. The media have described his performances as “brilliant,” “virtuosic,” “polished,” and “dazzling.” Matthieu held positions as organist and choir director in churches in Gatineau and Montreal before moving to Los Angeles, then to Belleville, Ontario, where he and his wife Francine Nguyen-Savaria were both music directors of Saint Thomas’ Anglican Church from 2014 to 2019. They are now music directors of the Anglican Church of Saint Barnabas in Saint-Lambert, Quebec, and conduct the Montreal Compline Choir, G.P.
Matthieu has transcribed orchestral music, including Beethoven's Fifth Symphony for organ duo, which he plays with his wife. In 2018, he released his first solo album dedicated to the music of organist-composers who lived in France at the beginning of the 20th century. He also produces videos for his YouTube channel which has over 160,000 views.
Matthieu holds a “Diplôme d'études supérieures en musique II” (Montreal Conservatoire of Music, 2007) and a “Certificat de stage de perfectionnement en musique” (2008). He studied the organ with Danielle Dubé at the Gatineau Conservatoire of Music where he was awarded the “Prix du lieutenant-gouverneur du Québec” in 2005. He continued his studies with Jean Le Buis at the Montreal Conservatoire where he received the “Prix avec grande distinction à l'unanimité du jury” in 2007. During his postgraduate studies, he carried out research on the work of Maurice Duruflé. He would also be the first Quebecer to have played the complete organ works of this composer in a single concert.
Thanks to scholarships, he perfected his organ skills with Pierre Grandmaison in Montreal, Cherry Rhodes in Los Angeles and Jean Galard in Paris. In addition to having been one of the ten organists selected to participate in the first edition of the Longwood Gardens International Organ Competition in Pennsylvania, he won first prizes in the Osborne and Lynnwood Farnam competitions.
In his spare time, he does CrossFit.