Seminar since 1986
July 22: Fly to Paris on Air France (included in the price)
Improvisation Class with Gabriel Marghieri at the St-
July 23: Organ lofts for church services, Master Classes at St-
July 24: Playing at La Madeleine, Royaumont playing time (Cavaille-
July 25: La Trinité, Improvisation class with Thomas Ospital and playing time at St-
July 26: Playing time at St. Ouen, Rouen
July 27: Transatlantic flights home
The organ of Notre-
The Great Organ At Notre Dame De Paris
There were doubtlessly organs at Notre-
St. Louis island was established under Louis XIII and opened in 1623. In 1642 Louis XIV built a larger church dedicated to St. Louis. Closed during the Revolution but re-
In 1983, the City of Paris decided to build a new organ that will allow French and internationally renown organists to play and record Baroque works in Paris. This new instrument would contribute to the revival of organ teaching in France and its influence throughout the world because this church has excellent acoustics and is perfectly adapted to Baroque North-
Built on the place of a former chapel (VIth century),this beautiful church dates back to the end of the 11th century. The clocktower dates to 1412. Its present appearance in flamboyant Gothic style dates back to the 15th-
Between 1964 and 1982, an unknown organ builder replaced the Bombarde 16 of the great with the Musette 16 of the Récit, re-
All these changes were considered in 2011, when the organ was revoiced by Quentin Blumenroeder in close cooperation with Jean-
Notre Dame d'Auteuil
The organ of Notre Dame d’Auteuil was built by Cavaillé-
Abbey Church of Saint-
The church contains a large four-
Flûte harmonique 8′
Trompette en chamade 8′
Clairon en chamade 4′
Unda maris 8′
Flûte douce 4′
Cor anglais 16′
(expressif / enclosed)
Corno dolce 16′
Cor de nuit 8′
Flûte traversière 8′
Viole de gambe 8′
Voix céleste 8′
Voix éolienne 8′
Flûte octaviante 4′
Viole d’amour 4′
Quinte 2 2/3′
Cornet (c1) V
Tuba Magna 16′
Trompette harmonique 8′
Voix humaine 8′
Clairon harmonique 4′
Grosse Flûte 8′
Cornet 16′ (c1) V
Specification of the Cavaillé-
at St. Ouen, Rouen
Royaumont Abbey, a former Cistercian abbey in the Île-
A large organ built by Aristide Cavaillé-
The magnificent instrument, which has landmark status, underwent a major restoration between 2002 and 2007 during which Laurent Plet worked on the mechanism and tuning and Yves Koenig created a case in the neogothic style.
The structure, facade pipes and case were re-
The installation of the pipes and their tuning continued until April 2007. It took 17,000 hours of work to restore and reinstall the thousands of parts that make up the organ, including 2,573 pipes, of which 2,316 are original.
This organ was built in 1845-
During the past centuries, various modifications were realized, among which an electrification of the traction in 1971 and the addition of two chamades in 2002 (as already intended by Cavaillé-
The Eglise de la Sainte Trinité was built in 1861 as part of the beautification and reorganization of Paris under Baron Haussmann.
Among the former organists of the church were Alexandre Guilmant (1871-
The Grand Gallery Organ
In 1862, the current pipe organ, constructed by Aristide Cavaillé-
Basilica of Sacré-
The grand pipe organ of the Basilica of Sacré-
It was originally commissioned by Baron Albert de l’Espée for his enormous château in Biarritz. He wanted the best available, regardless of expense. He sold the organ a few years later to Charles Mutin, Cavaillé’s successor. The Basilica acquired it in 1919.
The instrument has four keyboards, a pedalboard and 78 stops and retains its original mechanical key actions.
The imposing size, rare quality of manufacture and unique sound quality have been officially recognized by the French state, which classified it as a national monument in 1981.
The grand organ of the Sacré-
Because of this the organ is in an advanced state of decay.
The instrument is played regularly, at the very least during the six weekly office, in a highly frequented building and world-
The tenured organists can attest to the number of French and foreign visitors and organists who marvel at the design and sound quality of this instrument, which is an inestimable part of France’s cultural heritage.
The tenured organists are Claudine Barthel, Philippe Brandeis and Gabriel Marghieri.
The organ is new with 29 stops, with Tournemire’s 1932 keyboards from Sainte-
Yannick Merlin is co-
Concert artist (France, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Poland, England) and musicologist (articles published in the journals L’Orgue, L’Annuaire de Sélestat or La Flûte Harmonique) he has been Director of collections for Delatour France editions since 2005. He entered the C.N.R of Strasbourg in the organ class of Marc Schaefer and the organ improvisation class of Christophe Mantoux. In 2001, he obtained a gold organ medal from the C.N.R. of Strasbourg.
From 2001 to 2003, he studied in the performance class of the Conservatory of Paris-
Beatrice Piertot studied with Marie-
The French harpsichordist and organist, Benjamin Alard, started the piano at age 7. He later studied organ and harspichord, respectively with Louis Thiry & François Ménissier, and Elisabeth Joyé, developping an interest in early music that led him to the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis for further studies with Jean-
A recitalist on both harpsichord and organ, Benjamin Alard has performed at prestigious early music festivals and venues: Nantes (Le Printemps des Arts & La Folle Journée), Saintes, Brussels ('Flagey' Hall), etc. He also collaborates with leading ensembles such as La Petite Bande (Drector Sigiswald Kuijken), Capriccio Stravagante (Director Skip Sempé), Venice Baroque Orchestra (Director Andrea Marcon).
In 2005, Benjamin Alard was appointed organist at the church of St-
Having earned five 1st prize at the Conservatoire de Paris (organ unanimously in the class of Olivier Latry , Dubois went on to perform in prestigious places around the world. He was also the guest at many international festivals such as Vancouver , Stuttgart , Montreal , Chartres , Cambridge , Lisbon , Ottawa , Dresden , Merseburg , Roskilde , , the King's College in Cambridge , Notre-
In 2001 he was appointed the titular Cavaillé Coll of the great organ of Soissons Cathedral in 2001-
Holder of the certificate of fitness director of regional influence in conservatories , Vincent Dubois was appointed director of regional influence in Reims Conservatory in 2008 and in late 2011 he was appointed director of the Conservatory and Higher Academy of Music of Strasbourg .
Since September 2014, Vincent Dubois is an artist-
On 18 January 2016, following a competition, he was named co-
He is the Assistant Organist at the Église Saint-
Studied with Henri Carol, René Saorgin, Marie-
He also won the International Grand Prizes of Bordeaux (F) and Saint Albans (GB) for organ interpretation, of Chartres (F) for improvisation, and of Finhaut (CH) for composition.
He obtained the Certificate of Aptitude in Teaching for organ, and currently teaches analyses and improvisation at the Conservatoire Supérieur de Lyon, after having taught-
Gabriel Marghieri has given concerts, conferences and master classes throughout Europe, in Russia, Canada and Japan, recording for radio and television stations.
His discography comprises works by Henri Carol (Solstice), Franz Liszt (Harmonia Mundi-
He has been a member of many national and international judging panels.
Having held posts at, among others, Saint-
Composer of works for organ, piano, choir and different instrumental ensembles (Sept Croquis alpestres for organ, Editions Rubin, Par-
Elsewhere, he is invited to many international organ festivals such as: Bonn, Chartres, Roquevaire, Toulouse-
Frédéric Blanc takes part in and presents radio broadcasts, conferences and master classes on the subject of French Music or improvisation throughout Europe and the United States, his talent as an improvisor being widely recognised. Some of his recitals have been broadcast by American, French and German radio stations (Bayerische Rundfunk). Frédéric Blanc was also a member of the Commission des orgues for the City of Paris and the Ministry of Culture's Commission of non-
In his recordings (released by Motette, EMI, Aeolus, Baroque Notes) we see his affinity with the school of French organ music and his discs devoted entirely to improvisation have all met with international critical acclaim.
He is also author of a study devoted to André Fleury (L'Orgue – cahiers et mémoires), a work dedicated to the memories and writings of Maurice Duruflé (Ed. Séguier, Paris) and numerous transcriptions of Pierre Cochereau's improvisations (Ed. Butz).
Between 1987 and 1995 he was assistant organist at the Basilica of St. Sernin in Toulouse. Since 1999 Frédéric Blanc has been the Organiste Titulaire of the large Cavaillé-
As a youngster in the South-
As a prizewinner of important international competitions (Grand Prix de Chartres 2nd prize in 1996 and the Grand Prix in the International Competition of the City of Paris in 1997), he began his career as an international recitalist, improviser and teacher which took him all over Europe and to the U.S.A. where he lectures at the most prestigious universities. He has formed a renowned duo with the harpist Marie-
For many years he has lectured in numerous major American universities : Valparaiso (Indiana), Stanford (California), Holland (Michigan) and Evanston (Chicago), SMU (Dallas), the Curtis Institute (Philadelphia), Arizona State University (Phoenix), the Royal Academy of Music (London), the Franz Liszt Academy (Budapest) for master classes in French music and improvisation, in the art of which he is one of the most respected ambassadors.
Thomas Ospital -
Born in 1990 in the Basque Country (France), Thomas Ospital began his musical studies at the Conservatoire de Bayonne and obtained, in 2008, a First Prize of organ in the class of Esteban Landart. He continued his studies at the National Conservatory of Music and Dance in Paris where he worked with musical personalities such as Olivier Latry, Michel Bouvard, Thierry Escaich, Philippe Lefebvre, Laszlo Fassang, Isabelle Duha, Pierre Pincemaille and Jean-
He won numerous prizes in various international competitions such as that of Zaragoza (First Prize) in 2009, Chartres (Duruflé Prize and Audience Prize) in 2012, Toulouse (Second Prize) in 2013. In May 2014, -
In 2012, he is a six-
In 2015, the church St Eustache -
Improvisation holds an important place in his musical practice; Anxious to make this art continue in all its forms, it notably practices the accompaniment of silent films. His work as a concertist led him to perform both in France and abroad, as a soloist, chamber music or symphony orchestra.