Jean-Baptiste Dupont

Jean-Baptiste Dupont enjoys a musician international career. He performed in several European countries, in the USA, and in Russia, in prestigious venues (Cathedrals from Paris, New York, Berlin, London, Koln, Copenhague, Mariinsky concert hall, Bolcho1 Theatre, etc.). He has a broad repertoire ranging from the Renaissance to the present day, including many transcriptions. Jean-Baptiste Dupont has been hailed as one of the greatest young improvisers on the organ. He is a frequent guest performer at international festivals, radios, etc. As a specialist in improvisation, he’s regularly invited to give masterclasses and workshops in that field. He has been a jury member in competitions in France, USA, and Germany.

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 department 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 Superieures de Musique et Danse in Toulouse where he obtained performing and teaching diplomas. Jean-Baptiste Dupont’s organ, improvisation, harpsichord and piano teachers included Michel Bouvard, Louis Robilliard, Philippe Lefebvre, Jan Willem Jansen and Therese Dussaut.

He was a finalist and laureate in many organ competitions, both in interpretation and improvisation. He won the 1st prize (improvisation) in St-Albans international competition in July 2009; the 2nd prize, audience prize, Glinka and De Boni Arte foundations prizes in the “Mikael Tariverdiev” competition in Kaliningrad, Russia, 2009; and the 3rd prize in the “Xavier Darasse” international competition (Toulouse, France) in October 2008. He is recording the complete organ works of Max Reger for Hortus Editions. The volumes released so far have been acclaimed by the international press. His work on Max Reger gained international recognition, and subsequently, Jean-Baptiste Dupont was invited to several symposiums and international events about the composer. His latest releases include an improvisation recording for the label Hortus, and Widor symphonie n°8 for the label Audite.

Jean-Baptiste Dupont was appointed organist at Bordeaux Cathedral after a competition that took place in April 2012. He was founder and artistic director of Cathedra (sacred music at Bordeaux Cathedral) from 2014 to 2019, and promotes the rebuilding of the cathedral organ.