"Robin's signature is evocative, poetic and imaginistic, certainly, and his alert rhythmic armoury full of variety, his expressive harmonies imaginative and discretely compelling, the whole underpinned by satisfying structural complexity...concentrated, muscular and involving effect." (Choir & Organ, London, on Naxos CD of Robin performing Robin)
"A talented young fellow with
exceptional keyboard technique and a virtuosic delivery." (Michael Barone, Pipedreams )
"Mr Robin, a protégé of the great French organist/scholar Marie-Claire Alain , plays stylishly and well." (Scott Cantrell, The Dallas Morning News)
Jean-Baptiste Robin performed one of the most beautiful recitalsin the history of the Haarlem Organ Festival at St. Bavo-his is a name never to forget."
(Haarlem Magazine, Holland)
"He is the dignified successor to Marie-Claire Alain and André Isoir." (Le Monde la Musique, France)
"Perfect clarity and virtuosity. The Bach chorals were a highly emotional moment, with notes like tears and the soul of the audience totally at peace. This concert was synonymous with perfection." (Le Figaro, Paris)
"Jean-Baptiste Robin champions the cause of Marchand's organ music with a stylish sense of ease and maturity. His is a great talent."(Diapason, France)
"Regard vers l'Aïr is a sumptuous fresco-mysterious and virtuosic. The organist and composer Jean-Baptiste Robin was fascinating in his piece, showing incredible technique and musical intensity."
(La Nouvelle République, France)
"Jean-Baptiste Robin is the new Marcel Dupré,with his miraculous technique and the post-symphonic style of his compositions."(Le Journal d'Alsace, France)
"One cannot but help admiring the wonderfully sensitive interpretation. This recording is astonishing in every possible way." (Classica, France)
"Jean-Baptiste is the ideal interpreter of this music. His recording may be considered definitive."
"Definitive and excellent performances."
(Fanfare on Naxos CD of Robin performing Robin)
“Assurance and remarkable virtuosity.” (The Diapason, 2011)
“His technique is flawless and spell-binding. He has much to say and a very refreshing way of saying it.” (AAM Journal)
“A brilliant performer and a composer of significant, substantial music….formidable virtuosity and creative musicianship.” (The American Organist)
Organist and composer Jean-Baptiste Robin is Organist of the Royal Chapel at the Palace of Versailles, Professor of Organ at the French Regional Conservatory in Versailles, and was previously Organist of Poitiers Cathedral, and is widely regarded as one of the most prominent French organists of his generation.
He has performed throughout Europe as well as in Japan, Korea, Canada, Russia and northern Africa. He frequent performance trips to the United States have yielded recitals in nearly half of the states, as well as a featured performer’s engagement at the national American Guild of Organists convention in 2010 in Washington DC.
In Europe he regularly performs at well-known organ festivals such as the Silbermann Festival in Freiberg, the Mendelssohn Festival in Coblenz, and many others such as those in Monaco, Dresden, and Madrid.
He has composed over forty works ranging from those for solo instruments to some for full symphony orchestras. These have been performed by ensembles such as the Orchestre National de France, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Orchestre de Basse-Normandie, and the Orchestre d’Auvergne under the batons of directors such as Pierre Boulez, Jean Deroyer, Vincent Warnier and others.
In 2014 his orchestral work “Crop Circles” was given its debut performance in the Salle Pleyel, Paris, by the Orchestre Colonne conducted by Laurent Petitgirard, among other premiere orchestral performances of his works.
Jean-Baptiset Robin studied at the National Superior Conservatory of Music in Paris, winning numerous first prizes and two postgraduate diplomas with honors. He also studied in London with composer George Benjamin at King’s College, with Marie-Claire Alain, Olivier Latry, Michel Bouvard, and Louis Robilliard. At Versailles he succeeded to a position previously held by such major French organists as Francois Couperin, Louis Marchand, and Louis-Claude Daquin.
He has recorded the complete works of Jehan Alain, Felix Mendelssohn, Louis Marchand, and Francois Couperin, as well as his own collected compositions. These recordings have won numerous prizes in France and England including the Golden Diapason of the Year.