Biennale of the Berliner Philharmoniker

Organ matinee with Jean-Baptiste Dupont

Jean-Baptiste Dupont

From Bach to Ligeti, from melodically and rhythmically structured movements to overwhelming sounds – Jean-Baptiste Dupont, titular organist at Bordeaux Cathedral, leads us through a broad spectrum of organ music in this matinee, including three movements from Igor Stravinsky’s ballet “Petrushka” arranged for organ. Ligeti, whose music is at the centre of the Biennale, set new sonic and technical standards in 1962 with his piece Volumina. Today, the work is considered a classic of Modernism. Jean-Baptiste Dupont will also demonstrate his skills as an improviser at the Philharmonie Berlin organ.

Jean-Baptiste Dupont organ

Johann Sebastian Bach

Partita No. 2 in D minor BWV 1004, movement 5: Chaconne (arrangement for organ by Jean-Baptiste Dupont)

Max Reger

Rhapsody, op. 65 No. 1

Jean-Baptiste Dupont

Improvisation ‒ Triptychon (Andante, Adagio, Toccata)

Igor Stravinsky

Three Movements from Petrushka (arr. for organ by Jean-Baptiste Dupont)

György Ligeti

Volumina for organ

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Jean-Baptiste Dupont

The internationally successful organist has already given concerts throughout Europe, in the USA and in Russia. His repertoire ranges from the Renaissance to the present, including many works from the 19th and 20th centuries. Moreover, Jean-Baptiste Dupont, who also composes himself, is considered one of the most gifted organ improvisers of the younger generation.

Jean-Baptiste Dupont first learned the piano before beginning his organ training at the age of 12 at the Institute of Sacred Music in Toulouse and continuing at the conservatory there. As one of the best graduates, he was awarded the François Vidal Prize of the city of Toulouse in 2006 and then continued his studies at the Centre d’Etudes Supérieures de Musique et Danse in Toulouse.

Jean-Baptiste Dupont was a finalist in several organ competitions for both interpretation and improvisation. In 2009 he won 1st prize for his organ improvisation at the St Albans International Competition in England. In 2012, he was appointed organist of Bordeaux Cathedral. Since 2014, he has been artistic co-director of Cathedra, an organisation promoting sacred music in Bordeaux Cathedral, and is committed to the reconstruction of the cathedral organ.

For several years, Dupont has been working on a complete recording of Max Reger’s organ works; several double CDs have already been released.