French Music of Rameau, Bizet, Debussy, Ravel, Widor, Dupré, and Robin
Organist and composer Jean-Baptiste Robin is Organist of the Royal Chapel at the Palace of Versailles, professor of organ at the French Regional Conservatory in Versailles, and was previously organist of Poitiers Cathedral, and is widely regarded as one of the most prominent French organists of his generation.
He has performed throughout Europe as well as in Japan, Korea, Canada, Russia, and northern Africa. He frequent performance trips to the United States have yielded recitals in nearly half of the states, as well as a featured performer’s engagement at the national American Guild of Organists convention in 2010 in Washington DC.
In Europe he regularly performs at well-known organ festivals including the Silbermann Festival in Freiberg, the Mendelssohn Festival in Coblenz, and others in Monaco, Dresden, Madrid, and elsewhere.
He has composed over forty works ranging from those for solo instruments to some for full symphony orchestra, which have been performed by the Orchestre National de France, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Orchestre de Basse-Normandie, and the Orchestre d’Auvergne under the batons of directors such as Pierre Boulez, Jean Deroyer, Vincent Warnier, and others.
In 2014 his orchestral work “Crop Circles” was given its debut performance in the Salle Pleyel, Paris, by the Orchestre Colonne conducted by Laurent Petitgirard, among other premiere orchestral performances of his works.
Jean-Baptiste Robin studied at the National Superior Conservatory of Music in Paris, winning numerous first prizes and two postgraduate diplomas with honors. He also studied in London with composer George Benjamin at King’s College, with Marie-Claire Alain, Olivier Latry, Michel Bouvard, and Louis Robilliard. At Versailles he succeeded to a position previously held by such major French organists as Francois Couperin, Louis Marchand, and Louis-Claude Daquin.
He has recorded the complete works of Jehan Alain, Felix Mendelssohn, Louis Marchand, and Francois Couperin, as well as his own collected compositions. These recordings have won numerous prizes in France and England, including the Golden Diapason of the Year.
P R O G R A M
Overture and Les Sauvages from Les Indes Galantes
|Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764)|
Entr’acte from Carmen
|Georges Bizet (1838-1875)|
from Mother Goose
|Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)|
|Symphony 6, Op. 42
|Charles-Marie Widor (1844-1937)|
Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune
|Claude Debussy (1862-1918)|
|Second Sketch in B flat minor||Marcel Dupré (1886-1971)|
|Cinq Versets sur le “Veni Creator”
Ciel éternel (Everlasting Sky)
Flamboiement (Divine Fire)
Le temps qui danse (Dancing Time)
Au-delà (The Beyond)
Veni, Creator Spiritus
|Jean-Baptiste Robin (b. 1976)|