As a youngster in the South-West of France, Frédéric Blanc was already improvising on the piano and the organ, discovering music all by himself. Following his studies at the Conservatoires of Toulouse and Bordeaux he became a pupil of André Fleury in Paris and Marie-Madeleine Duruflé, of whom he became a faithful disciple. These two masters of the organ inducted him in the great tradition of French organ music.
As a prizewinner of important international competitions (Grand Prix de Chartres 2nd prize in 1996 and the Grand Prix in the International Competition of the City of Paris in 1997), he began his career as an international recitalist, improviser and teacher which took him all over Europe and to the USA where he lectures at the most prestigious universities. He has formed a renowned duo with the harpist Marie-Pierre Cochereau and also regularly appears with Stéphane Vaillant, solo trumpeter of the orchestra of the Garde Républicaine (the French Mounted Police).
For many years he has lectured in numerous major American universities : Valparaiso (Indiana), Stanford (California), Holland (Michigan), Evanston (Chicago), SMU (Dallas), the Curtis Institute (Philadelphia), Arizona State University (Phoenix) and The Royal Academy of Music (London) and the Liszt Academy (Budapest) for master classes in French music and improvisation, in the art of which he is one of the most respected ambassadors.
Elsewhere, he is invited to many international organ festivals such as : Bonn, Chartres, Roquevaire, Toulouse-les-Orgues, Rome, Musique en Côte Basque, Monaco, Stuttgart, Helsinki, Chicago, Dijon, Aosta, Oslo, London, Einburgh, Brucknerfest in Linz, Orgelherbst in Munich, Los Angeles, North Africa…
Frédéric Blanc takes part in and presents radio broadcasts, conferences and master classes on the subject of French Music or improvisation throughout Europe and the United States, his talent as an improvisor being widely recognised. Some of his recitals have been broadcast by American, French and German radio stations (Bayerische Rundfunk).
Frédéric Blanc was also a member of the Commission des orgues for the City of Paris and the Ministry of Culture’s Commission of non-listed organs.
In his recordings (released by EMI, Aeolus, Motette, Baroque Notes) we see his affinity with the school of French organ music and his discs devoted entirely to improvisation have all met with international critical acclaim.
He is also author of a study devoted to André Fleury (L’Orgue – cahiers et mémoires), a work dedicated to the memories and writings of Maurice Duruflé (Ed. Séguier, Paris) and numerous transcriptions of Pierre Cochereau’s improvisations (Ed. Butz).
Between 1987 and 1995 he was assistant organist at the Basilica of St. Sernin in Toulouse. Since 1999 Frédéric Blanc has been the Organiste Titulaire of the large Cavaillé-Coll organ in the church of Notre-Dame of Auteuil in Paris : one of the most beautiful symphonic organs in the capital. He is also musical director of the Association of Maurice and Marie-Madeleine Duruflé.
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