Johann Vexo was born in 1978 in the northeastern French city of Nancy—a city close to the borders of Belgium, Luxembourg, and Germany. Surrounded and influenced by the rich musical and cultural heritage of this part of Europe, Johann’s training and performance career developed rapidly and at age 25 he was appointed Organiste de Choeur (Choir Organist) at the Cathedral of Notre Dame, Paris. Soon thereafter he was also appointed Organist of the Cavaillé-Coll organ of the Cathedral in Nancy, Professor of Organ at the Angers Conservatory, and the European Music Summer Academy in Nancy.
Johann Vexo began his organ studies with Christophe Mantoux and also studied early music and harpsichord at the Strasbourg Conservatory, where he was awarded Premier Prix in organ. He continued his studies at the Paris Conservatory where his teachers included Michel Bouvard and Olivier Latry for organ and Thierry Escaich and Philippe Lefebvre for improvisation. He earned Premier Prix in both organ and basso continuo and additional prizes in harmony and counterpoint.
He has performed extensively throughout Europe, the United States, Canada and Russia including performances at the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Houston, the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington D.C., the Wanamaker Grand Court Organ in Philadelphia, and Notre Dame Basilica in Montréal. Recitals during the 2015–16 season took him to Perm and Ekaterinburg (Russia), Dallas, TX and Helena, MT (U.S.), Charleroi (Belgium), Truro (Britain), Lunéville, Nancy, and Albi (France), Alessandria (Italy), and Bern (Switzerland). His September-October 2016 U.S. tour took him to Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Washington D.C. He has been featured as a solo artist at the international music festivals held in Austria (St. Florian, Vienna), Switzerland (Lucerne), Belgium (Antwerp, Gent), Portugal (Porto), Germany (Düsseldorf, Ulm), Russia (Moscow) and Canada (Montréal, Québec), as well as with various European orchestras and musical ensembles.
Known for his generous, supportive, and captivating teaching style, Mr. Vexo has taught master classes at Rice University, the Curtis Institute of Music, Westminster Choir College, and for the Philadelphia chapter AGO.
Johann Vexo has made recordings of French classical and German romantic music on historic French organs. His most recent recording of the works of Liszt, Franck, Vierne, Duruflé, and Escaich, performed on the great organ of Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris, was released on the JAV label in 2010.
Johann Vexo is represented in North America exclusively by Phillip Truckenbrod Concert Artists, LLC.