Jean-Baptiste Dupont

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 and 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 and 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 master-classes 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.