André Isoir

“An Eclectic French Organist”

DR La Dolce Volta (© Yannick Coupannec)

“When you go into a church and see those great metal pipes gleaming in the shadows, and then imagine one man making all of that work, you really want to be that man yourself. You have to admit that the organ is an instrument you get attached to.”

Born in Saint-Dizier, André Isoir studied music at the Ecole César Franck, where Edouard Souberbielle was his organ professor and Germaine Mounier taught him piano. He was then accepted at the Conservatoire National Supérieur, where he was unanimously awarded the Premier Prix d’Orgue et d’Improvisation in 1960 in Rolande Falcinelli’s class. He went on to win several international competitions: in Saint-Albans (England) where he was awarded First Prize in 1965, then in Haarlem (Holland), where he won three years in a row (1966-1968), including the “Challenge Prize” – the only French musician to have done so its creation in 1951.

He has made some sixty recordings, and has received eight “Grand Prix du Disque” awards (1972 to 1991), as well as the “Prix du Président de la République” for the album “Livre d’Or de l’Orgue Français”.

André Isoir also has a profound knowledge of instrumentation, which he feels contributes to a better approach to different styles, both from a technical point of view and for recording them.

Organiste émerite of the Saint-Germain-des-Prés church in Paris and Chevalier des Arts et Lettres as well as the Ordre National du Mérite, he also won First Prize as Best Instrumental Soloist at the second “Victoires de la Musique” in Paris.

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