Competitions since 1981

Xavier Darasse created the competition in 1981.


Xavier Darasse is a world-renowned organist who devoted his whole life to the organ. Known for his work’s excellence, he became director of the Paris national Conservatory of Music. In 1976 he started composing and also worked to breathe new life into the organistic world of Toulouse. At the same time, Pierre Baudis who was the mayor of Toulouse, undertook the restoration of a great number of instruments as well as the building of the Augustins museum organ.

The competition take place every 2 or 3 years with specific themes until 1998.

  • 1981 : Johan-Sebastian Bach
  • 1983 : Baroque French music and symphonic French music
  • 1986 : Contemporary music
  • 1989 : César Franck
  • 1991 : Dietrich Buxtehude
  • 1996 : Symphonic French music
  • 1998 : Iberian music

Since the 2002 edition, a new concept has been launched: Candidates have to perform an entire one-hour concert on the organ of their choice, as part of the international Toulouse les Orgues Festival.

Previous competitions prizewinners :

2002 prizewinners :

  • 1st prize : Vincent Dubois / France
  • 2nd prize Pier Damiano Peretti / Austria
  • 3rd prize : Brice Montagnoux / France
  • 4th prize : Margarita Shablovskaja / Germany

2005 prizewinners :

  • 1st priz ex-aequo : Anne-Gaëlle Chanon et Thomas Monnet / France
  • 3rd prize : Lydia Sourial / Austria
  • 4th prize : Nicolas Loth/ France

2008 prizewinners:

  • 1st prize : Yoann Tardivel-Erchoff/ France
  • 2nd prize : Sylvie Perez/ France
  • 3rd prize : Jean-Baptiste Dupont/ France
  • 4th prize : Magdalena Malec/ Switzerland