Artisans of the studio
Atelier Bertrand Cattiaux

Orgues Bertrand Cattiaux is fortunate to have a team of cosmopolitan, knowledgeable and passionate organ builders.

Each artist must be accomplished in all aspects of organ building: carpentry, cabinetmaking, iron work, mechanics and pipe making.

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Bertrand Cattiaux was born in 1955 in Étampes, near Paris and very early on, showed a great interest in music.

When he was 14, opening the back doors of the organ of Notre Dame d'Étampes, he discovered a fascinating world of pipes, wood and mechanics. He began to take organ lessons with Noellie Pierront and soon discovered his true vocation — he would become an organ builder.

Having chosen Jean-Loup Boisseau as his training master, he had the opportunity to work on the great organ of Notre Dame de Paris and to meet the tenured organist, Pierre Cocherau. From 1974 to 1979, he worked as the assistant to François Carbou.

Each Sunday afternoon, he would attend organ recitals given by world-renowned organists: This helped provide a solid foundation for his knowledge of organ music.

During the same period, he met Francis Chapelet and Michel Chapuis who introduced him to the literature of ancient music. He also befriended Jean Boyer.

In 1980 Mr. Cattiaux became the partner of Jean=Loup Boisseau and they established a new workshop together. From 1980 to 1988 the two organ builders restored more than 30 organs including the organs of the Basilique Saint-Denis, Notre-Dame de Paris, the cathedral of Poitiers and Saint Sernin of Toulouse. They also reconstructed the organ of the Chapelle Royale de Versailles.

In 1998, Mr. Cattiaux settled in Liourdres (the departement of Corrèze) where, with his own team of atrisans, he built the organ of the Basilique Saint-Remi de Reims.

Within his workshop, Mr. Cattiaux is primarily responsible for the design and voicing of instruments, for which he has obtained an international reputation.

Mr. Cattiaux is a Chevalier des Arts et Lettres and a Chevalier de l'Ordre National du Mérite. In 2015 he got the title " Maître d'Art "
( master of art ).

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Laurance Dom began her duties as secretary and accountact to the atelier in 1998. She is in charge of all administrative functions for the workshop.
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Helmut Eckhardt has been a member of the workshop since 1998. Born in Germany, he is a complete organ builder, versed in all facets of the trade from conception to realization.
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Rodolphe Chevalier came in 2015 and is woodworker, he has much experience in organcase building.
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Itaru Sekiguchi, has worked here since 2000, when he arrived in France from Japan. He learned organ building in the Marc GARNIER atelier and he now is learning voicing with Bertrand Cattiaux.
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Virgile Bardin, is a "compagnon organbuilder" having worked with us from 2007 to 2009. After he worked for several organbuilders in france, spain and australia , to improve his knowlege, he came back in 2015. Besides his work with our team he is the pupil of Bertrand Cattuiaux who will transmit him his knowlege through the Master of Art project.
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Laurent Anen came from Luxembourg in 2004 to join the studio. He learned organ building in Germany and today he designs many of the new cases. He is qualified to work on every facet of organ building.
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Laurent Massalve is cabinetmaker and joined us in 2017 as organ builder apprentice.