"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)
Availability: October 2013 and October 2014,
plus additional availability on demand
Jean-Baptiste Robin is one of the most prominent French organists and composers of his generation. He is Organist at the Royal Chapel in palace of Versailles and professor of Organ at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional in Versailles.
He studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris where he was awarded seven Premier Prix (organ, harmony, counterpoint, 16th century composition, 20th century composition, orchestration and Basso continuo) and two postgraduate diplomas with honours, in theory and in organ performance. He also studied composition in the class of George Benjamin at King’s College, London.
He studied organ with Marie-Claire Alain (two years in the CRR Superieur of Paris), Olivier Latry, Michel Bouvard (Paris) and Louis Robilliard (Lyon).
At age 23, Jean-Baptiste Robin was appointed to the prestigious post of organist of the Cathedral of St Peter in Poitiers (historic François-Henri Clicquot organ achieved in 1791).
In 2010 he was appointed organist at the Royal Chapel in the palace of Versailles where he succeeds to great musicians like Nicolas Lebègue, François Couperin, Louis Marchand, Louis-Claude Daquin or Claude Balbastre.
As a performer he has appeared throughout Europe, Japan, Korea, North Africa, Canada, in more than fifteen of the United States, and in Washington D.C. for the National Convention of the AGO.
In Europe he has performed in famous international organ festivals including Toulouse-les-orgues, Roquevaire, Masevaux, Saint-Bertrand de Comminges, Saint-Riquier, Haarlem, Silbermann festival in Freiberg, Mendelssohn festival in Coblenz, Monaco, Internationaler Orgelfestival im Schloss, International Orgelsummer in Potsdam-Sans Souci, and Porto, among others.
He has given master classes on French organ music for the American Guild of Organists (Washington, Cincinnati and Minneapolis), the International Summer Academy in Haarlem (Holland), the Sapporo Organ Academy (JP), the Korean Guild of Organists in Seoul, the Hochschule of Tübingen and Rottenburg (Germany), and each year at the Poitiers Summer Academy (France).
His recordings include the complete works of Jehan Alain (Brillant Classics), Felix Mendelssohn, Louis Marchand (Triton), François Couperin and his own works (Naxos). They have been hailed by the press and awarded highest distinctions in France (Golden Diapason of the Year, Choc by the Monde de la Musique, Recommandé by Classica and Répertoire) and in USA (Dallas Morning News, The American Organist).
As a composer Jean-Baptiste Robin is the author of thirty works ranging from solo instrument to full orchestra. He is winner of the Lagardère Foundation, the Academy of Fine Arts and George Price Enesco from SACEM. His works respond to many commsissions including the Ensemble Intercontemporain, the Orchestre National de Radio France, the Philharmonia Orchestra and they have been performed by many conductors, including Pierre Boulez for his 85th birthday. Mr. Robin's Organ works are performed all around the world and are published by Gérard Billaudot Éditeur.
A new CD is scheduled for release in 2013: a Portrait of the EM Skinner organ at the Museum Center in Cincinnati, including Robin’s own transcriptions of Debussy, Bartók, Barber, Albeniz and Malher works.