Atelier Bertrand Cattiaux

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 Royale Chapel of Versailles.

In 1998, Mr. Cattiaux settled in Liourdres (the departement of Corrèze), where he brought to life the "Atelier Bertrand Cattiaux". In this new workshop he built the organ of the Basilique Saint-Remi de Reims with his own team of atrisans. It followed the organs of Luneville, Sarlat and later Amilly which was inaugurated by Gustav Leonhardt.

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 an a Chevalier de l'Ordre National de Mérite.


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