Jean-Baptiste Dupont organist
Jean-Baptiste Dupont organist
BIOGRAPHY

Born in 1979, Jean-Baptiste Dupont began his musical studies at the piano. He discovered the organ later, at the age of 12 and began organ studies at the Institute of Sacred Music of Toulouse. He graduated with distinction from the organ departement at the Conservatoire in Toulouse. As one of the top alumni of the Conservatoire, he was awarded the Francis Vidal prize by the city of Toulouse in 2006 and subsequently continued his studies at the Centre d’Etudes Supérieures de Musique et Danse in Toulouse. Jean-Baptiste Dupont’s organ, improvisation, harpsichord and piano teachers included Michel Bouvard, Louis Robilliard, Philippe Lefebvre, Jan Willem Jansen and Thérèse Dussaut.

He was finalist in several organ competitions, both in interpretation and improvisation. He won the 3rd prize in “Xavier Darasse” international competition (Toulouse, France) in October 2008 ; 2nd prize + audience prize in "Mikael Tariverdiev" competition in Kaliningrad, Russia, 2009 ; and the 1st prize (improvisation) in St-Albans international competition in July 2009.

Jean-Baptiste Dupont has a broad repertoire ranging from the renaissance to the present day, much of it from the 19th ad 20th century. Continuing in the traditions of César Franck, Jean-Baptiste Dupont has been hailed as one of the greatest young improvisers on the organ. He is also a composer.

He is recording the complete Max Reger’s organ works for Hortus Editions. The 1st volume, released in 2012 has been acclaimed by international press.

Jean-Baptiste Dupont maintains a busy concert schedule, performing throughout Europe, Russia and USA. He is a frequent guest performer at several international festivals, radios, etc. As a specialist of improvisations, he’s regularly invited to give Masterclasses and Workshop on that subject. He has been a Jury member in competitions in USA and Germany.

Passionate about the art of organ building, and about organ archaeology, he has worked with consultants on many organ restoration projects. He also worked with organ-builders to perfect his knowledge of this instrument. He inventoried the organs in Midi-Pyrenees Region (South-West of France). He has contributed to several books about organ builders from the 19th century in Midi-Pyrenees.

Jean-Baptiste Dupont was appointed organist at Bordeaux Cathedral after a competition which took place in April 2012.

PRESS

«...grandeur and gravity, variety and vitality of expression, dazzling directness and economy, and a scintillating improvisatory edge. » "Star review", Choir and organ, nov./dec. 2012 (Reger complete vol. 1)

 

« ... An exceptional performance… » Est Républicain, 12 septembre 2011


« Over the years we have experienced a wide range of silent film in St-Sernin but I feel that Jean-Baptiste Dupont reading of visage d'enfants was the most fulfilling and sensitive I can recall. [...] It's a delight to find Him [J.B. Dupont] such a highly professional and accomplished soloist.» The Organ n°350 ; Nov. 2009 - Janv. 2010

 

« [...] An authentic tour de force...» M.R., concertclassic.com, 16/10/2009


«...Jean-Baptiste Dupont joins the line of great French improvisers... » choir & organ ; september/october 2009

  

« ... Dupont is an organist of exceptional merit... » R.J., Gloucestershire Echo ; 17 août 2004

 

« [his] programme was a highlight of this year festival… » choir & organ ; january/february 2004

 

« The recital was a classic example of an exceptional young organist who knows both the instrument and the pieces like old friends and who brings them together with a sense of inevitability and panache. It was a most exciting and rewarding occasion… A most memorable experience… . I am sure we will be hearing a lot more of Jean-Baptiste Dupont. » The Organ n°326 ; Novembre 2003

 

« Jean-Baptiste Dupont a, pour sa technique et sa virtuosité, fait sortir du « Vincent Cavaillé-Coll » de Valence toutes ses possibilités. » Le Courrier Français, 19/09/02



REPERTOIRE

Jean-Baptiste Dupont repertoire include works from following composers :   

Solo organ :

Jehan ALAIN, Tomaso ALBINONI, Johann-Sebastian BACH, Léon BOELLMANN, Jean BOUVARD, Johannes BRAHMS, Nicholaus BRUHNS, Dietrich BUXTEHUDE, Antonio de CABEZON, Pierre CAMONIN, Louis Nicolas CLERAMBAULT, François COUPERIN, Francisco Correa de ARAUXO, Jean-François DANDRIEU, Louis-Claude DAQUIN, Théodore DUBOIS, Marcel DUPRE, Maurice DURUFLE, Edward ELGAR, Guy-Olivier FERLA, André FLEURY, César FRANCK, Girolamo FRESCOBALDI, Eugène GIGOUT, Charles GOUNOD, Edvard GRIEG, Nicolas de GRIGNY, Jean GUILLOU, Alexandre GUILMANT, Naji HAKIM, Anton HEILER, Gustav HOLST, Sigfried KARG-ELERT, Yves LAFARGUE, Jean LANGLAIS, Franz LISZT, Louis MARCHAND, Benoît MERNIER, Félix MENDELSOHN, Olivier MESSIAEN, Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART, Henry MULET, Johann PACHELBEL, Sergei RACHMANINOFF, Joseph RHEINBERGER, Max REGER, Guy ROPARTZ, Heinrich SCHEIDEMANN, Franz SCHUBERT, John STANLEY, Jan Pieterszoon SWEELINCK, Mikael TARIVERDIEV, Charles TOURNEMIRE, Franz TUNDER, Pierre VIDAL, Louis VIERNE, Richard WAGNER, Charles Marie WIDOR, José XIMENEZ...   


Organ + :   

Jehan ALAIN, Johann-Sebastian BACH, Marc BLEUSE, John BLOW, Jean BOUVARD, Marc-Antoine CHARPENTIER, Michel CORRETTE, CIMAROSA, Daniel DANIELIS, François DOPPLER, Théodore DUBOIS, George DYSON, Gabriel FAURE, Philippe FENELON, César FRANCK, Christoph W. GLUCK, Charles GOUNOD, Georg-Friedrich HAENDEL, Joseph HAYDN, Herbert HOWELLS, Sigfried KARG-ELERT, Ernesto KÖHLER, Jean LANGLAIS, Franz LISZT, Paolo LORENZANI, Colin MAWBY, Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART, Marc OPSTAD, Guy ROPARTZ, John RUTTER, Franz SCHUBERT, Heinrich SCHÜTZ, Georg-Philip TELEMANN, Antonio VIVALDI, Kurt WEILL, David WILLCOCKS...

DISCOGRAPHY 
1st volume 1 :

CD 1 :
• Sechs Trios op. 47
• Drei Choralfantasien op. 52

CD2 :
• Dreißig kleine Choralvorspiele op. 135a
• Phantasie und Fuge d-moll op. 135b 

Kaliningrad (Russia), Cathedral. Shucke organ, 2008.
Magdeburg (Germany), Dom. Shucke organ, 2008.
Ulm (Germany), St. Georges. Walcker organ, 1904.


T.T cd1 : 80'10 - T.T cd2 : 68'53 - D D D - © Hortus 2012 - Ref. Hortus 086-087
3rd volume :

CD 4 :
• Werke ohne Opuszahl 
• Choralvorspiele ohne Opuszahl 
• Zwei Transkriptionen ohne Opuszahl 
• Choralvorspiele op. 79b

St. Mary Redcliffe, Bristol (UK), Harrison & Harrison organ, 1912. 
St. Sauveur, Cronenbourg, Strasbourg (France), Dalstein-Haerpfer organ, 1907.


T.T : 84'35 - D D D - © Hortus 2014 - Ref. Hortus 111 
2nd volume :

CD 3 :

• Phantasie und Fuge c-moll op. 29 
• Zwolf Stucke op. 59

Dudelange (Luxembourg), St. Martin. Stahlhuth/Jann organ (1912/2002).

T.T : 69'50 - D D D - © Hortus 2013 - Ref. Hortus 097
3rd volume :

CD 4 :
• Werke ohne Opuszahl 
• Choralvorspiele ohne Opuszahl 
• Zwei Transkriptionen ohne Opuszahl 
• Choralvorspiele op. 79b

St. Mary Redcliffe, Bristol (UK), Harrison & Harrison organ, 1912. 
St. Sauveur, Cronenbourg, Strasbourg (France), Dalstein-Haerpfer organ, 1907.


T.T : 84'35 - D D D - © Hortus 2014 - Ref. Hortus 111 
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