Jean Guillou

Jean Guillou, titular since 1963 of the monumental organ of Saint-Eustache in Paris, is the virtuoso performer who treates with his innovative vision the great organ repertoire and is also recognized as one of the important composers of nowadays. Among his works it is worth noting the seven organ concertos with orchestra as well as original associations of the organ with piano, percussions, brass, flute, Pan Flute or voice.

His impressive transcriptions of Franz Liszt, Modeste Mussorgsky, Igor Stravinsky, Piotr Ilitch Tchaikovsky, Sergueï Prokofiev, Sergueï Rachmaninoff and others, as well as his own works have greatly enriched the organ literature.

His poems « Le Visiteur » (édition Christophe Chomant, 2014), his works « La Musique et le Geste » (Beauchesne, 2012) and « L’Orgue, souvenir et avenir » (4th edition, Symétrie, 2010) allow us to encounter the poet, the writer and the theorician, measuring the originality of his thoughts and the pertinency of his ideas concerning the organ building. Precisely Jean Guillou has been requested as designer of instruments in Alpe d’Huez, Rome, Naples, Brussels, Zurich, Tenerife and León in Spain.