Jean-Pierre Baston

Jean-Pierre Baston started his musical studies by the piano and later discovered the organ which he first studied at the Catholic Institute in Paris, Liturgical Music Department (Professor : Gérard Letellier) then at the Music Teachers’ Training College (where he received a performing first prize) and finally at the Conservatoire of Paris where he obtained in 1989, the Organ first prize, in Michel CHAPUIS’s class. He took a few lessons with André Isoir and then started with Marie-Claire Alain for a year.

Jean-Pierre Baston took part in a great number of concerts, in France but in Europe too (Italy, Spain, Belgium and Germany in particular) as a solist or within an unusual orchestra as today’s concert Des mots et des Orgues, spoken voice and organ, which brings the poets Senghor or Mahmoud Darwich into honour.

As a solist organist he was recently heard in Notre-Dame of Paris (in February on the just restored organ, in Pézenas (in May) and back in time in Hanover (in 2002), Antwerp, Cavaglia and Lizzano in the Festival Organi del Appenino and XI° Festival Internazionale Storici Organi del Biellese (Iraly, summer 2008) in Talarn, Vielha, Castello de Empuries, more recently in Barcelona and Cadaques (Spain in November 2008), in France in Lyon, La Ciotat, Montpellier, Castelnaudary, the Cathedral of Chambery (July 2009) or of Le Havre (invited three times) in Cannes (Notre-Dame de Bon Voyage, September 2011), Mirepoix (summer 2012).

Jean-Pierre Baston has also passed the agregation of musicology, the Aptitude Certificate (teaching diploma).

He’s tenured of the Cavaillé-Coll great organ of the cathedral of Perpignan and has been teaching the organ in the Regional Advanced Music College of Perpignan-Méditerranée since 1998.