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Saint Mark Music Series (Feb 27)

Updated: Feb 14, 2023

Featuring Jean-Baptiste Robin February 27, 2022 | 7:00 p.m.

Highly acclaimed French organist-composer Jean-Baptiste Robin will perform a solo recital on the Saint Mark’s Music Series on Monday, February 27 at 7:00 p.m. He will give the US premiere of an anonymous manuscript from 17th-century France on the hymn Pange lingua, in addition to performing works by Bach, Schumann, Widor, Franck, Vierne, and one of his own compositions. The recital will conclude with an improvisation on a given theme. The concert is free with donations accepted.

Considered one of the finest organists in the world today, M. Robin was appointed Organist of the Royal Chapel at the Palace of Versailles in 2010 at the age of 33. He succeeds a long line of French organists, including François Couperin, Louis Marchand, Louis Claude Daquin, and Claude Balbastre, He also serves as Professor of Organ and Composition at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional in Versailles. He tours frequently and has performed in 20 European countries, Russia, Israel, China, Japan, South Korea, Canada, and nearly half of the fifty states in the US.

Robin has composed over forty works ranging from those for solo instruments to symphony orchestra and his works have been performed by various ensembles such as the Orchestre National de France, the Philharmonia Orchestra, Colonne Orchestra, Pays-de-Savoie Orchestra, the Maitrise de Notre-Dame de Paris, under the batons of conductors Pierre Boulez, Marin Alsop, Laurent Petitgirard, Roberto Fores Veres and Jean Deroyer. In 2018 he won the Grand Prix Lycéen des Compositeurs in Radio France, in 2017 he was awarded composer of the year from the Belgium Radio. He has been a featured recitalist at well-known international concert halls : the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, Madrid National Auditorium, Berliner Philharmoniker, Philharmonie and Auditorium de Radio France in Paris, Woolsey Hall in New Haven, the Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal, the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg, Russia, the National Centre for the Performing Arts and the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing, China. Jean-Baptiste Robin studied at the National Superior Conservatory of Music in Paris, winning seven Premier Prix (First Prizes) and two postgraduate diplomas in theory and organ performance.

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