Yves Rechsteiner studied organ and harpsichord at the Geneva Conservatory and specialised on forte-piano and basso continuo at the Schola Cantorum of Basel. Pricewinner of several international competitions (Genève, Prag, Bruges…), he was appointed basso continuo teacher and head of the early music departement at the Conservatoire Supérieur of Lyon in 1995.
He is not only a soloist and accompanist, but makes regular arrangements and transcriptions for his instruments. His personal projects and recordings cover the baroque repertoire as well as the symphonic music, including collaborations with traditional players. He records Johann Sebastian Bach on pedal-harpsichord in 2002, creates Alpbarock ensemble dedicated to swiss popular music in 2005 and is awarded Diapason d’or in 2010 for his « Livre d’orgue de Rameau ».
In 2011 he makes a first CD on the Puget organ of la Dalbade in Toulouse, where he records his organ version of Berlioz Fantastic Symphony in 2013. Since several years, he develops his duo Organsticks with the percussionist Henri-Charles Caget, with pieces from Rameau to Zappa.
In 2014, he succeds to Michel Bouvard as artistic director of the Festival international Toulouse les Orgues.
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