Jean-Paul Imbert

Originally from Clermont-Ferrand, born in 1942 where Jean-Paul Imbert studied the piano and organ, he later became a pupil of Pierre Cochereau in Paris and then of Jean Guillou becoming his assistant on the great organ of the church Saint-Eustache between the years 1971 and 1993.
Since 1997 he is the organist at the Basilic Notre-Dame du Perpétuel Secours in Paris.
Since 1993 he is also organist at Notre-Dame des Neiges in the ski resort of Alpe d'Huez.

Every year, he organises a series of recitals here by the world's most well-known organists who come to play on this famous organ. Every summer, he also organises initiation and study courses for students arriving from various schools and countries.

Jean-Paul Imbert also teaches at the Schola Cantorum in Paris. He regularly conducts master-classes abroad, particularly in Germany (Ratzeburg Cathedral, Bad-Rippoldsau in the Black Forest, Kevelaer Basilic, ..)as well as being invited by academies such as the Moscow Gnessin Academy.

His concerts take him to many countries in Europe as well as to America & Canada, participating in all the well-known festivals such as Chartres, Radio-France, Ravenne, Turin, Raguse, Cambridge, Roquevaire, Bordeaux, Moscou..

His numerous recordings on the great organs of Saint-Eustache, the Tonhalle of Zurich, the Cavaillé-Coll of Saint-Etienne de Caen and of Saint-Sernin de Toulouse, plus the organ of Alpe d'Huez have all won him the best critical acclaims in the musical world, plus the Grand Prix at the Charles Cros Academy, not to mention all those produced in the company of flute instrumentalists, trumpet players, cello players, soprano and other soloists he often accompanies in duo and for whom he has also written many arrangements and original works.

In 2004 he was awarded the distinction Chevalier des Arts et Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture.
A passionate interpreter of Bach and the romantic school of music, he has a very wide repertory which his performances always render full of life and colour.

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