Organist from Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris to Perform March 24
On Sunday, March 24, at 4 p.m., Vincent Dubois will present a concert on the Lively-Fulcher organ in the Christ Church Cathedral Nave. One of the three titular organists at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, France, Dubois is a preeminent concert organist on the world stage. He will play works by Bach, Widor, Dupré, Saint-Saëns, and Liszt.
Born in 1980 in Saint-Brieuc, France, Dubois began organ studies at age 11 in the organ school of the Cathedral of St. Brieuc, then studied at the Conservatoire national d’Angers. In 1998, he was accepted to the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris, where he studied under Olivier Latry. He graduated with First Prizes in Organ, Harmony, Counterpoint, Fugue, and 20th-century composition.
From 2001 to 2014, he was titular organist of the Soissons Cathedral northeast of Paris. In 2008 he was appointed director of the Conservatoire national de Reims, and in 2011 was named director of the Conservatoire and the Académie supérieure de musique in Strasbourg, a position he still holds. In January 2016, after a comprehensive audition and rigorous selection process, Dubois was appointed the newest of three titular organists of Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris. He now serves along with the two other titular organists, Olivier Latry and Philippe Lefebvre.
Dubois gained international notoriety early in his career when he won two major organ competitions in 2002: the Recital Gold Medal at the 2002 Calgary International Organ Competition and the Grand Prize at the 2002 International Competition of Toulouse, France. Since then he has performed in major concert venues throughout Europe, North America, Asia, and the Pacific. He has been a guest artist at numerous international music festivals and a guest soloist with a number of orchestras and ensembles, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the Orchestre Philharmonique of Radio France, the Orchestre National de France, the Orquesta Filharmonica del Gran Canaria, the Orchestre de Picardie, the Orchestre National de Lorraine, and the Orchestre de Bretagne. His performances have been broadcast over Radio France, the O.R.F. Vienna, CBC Radio Canada, Australian Radio, and American Public Media’s Pipedreams.
In 2017 he was a featured performer at the American Guild of Organists pedagogy conference at the University of Kansas, and the following year was a featured performer at the American Guild of Organists’ national convention in Kansas City, MO.
He has been invited to teach organ master classes at such prestigious institutions as Yale University, the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, Oberlin College, Baylor University, St. Paul University, Emory University, and the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where he served as Continuing Guest Artist from 2014 to 2016.
Dubois has made several recordings, including a CD of the organ music of Franz Liszt, available on the Vox Coelistis label; a CD on the JAV label recorded at St. Sulpice in Paris; and on the Radio France and Tempéraments label a recording at St. Etienne de Caen, which features the complete Symphony No. 3 of Louis Vierne and the Op. 7 Preludes and Fugues of Marcel Dupré.
Critical praise for his performances and recordings includes the following:
“Fluency and freedom characterize Dubois’ playing in everything he played. Clearly he is an organist who has long since moved beyond the ranks of the dutiful, well-coached keyboardist to the ranks of those for whom the organ in its widest dimension is an instrument for the conveying of musical ideas in a kaleidoscope of colors. The applause was loud and long …” —The Calgary Herald
Franz Liszt: Organ Works Vox Coelestis CD 200415
“Vincent Dubois turns in absolutely stunning performances of the ‘big three’ Liszt organ works …These performances stand up to or possibly surpass the best on the market. Dubois possesses maturity far beyond his years. He plays with consummate passion and breathtaking virtuosity, yet with absolute technical control. He also knows how to spin a phrase. The quieter sections afford moments of delightful delicacy and poetic introspection. In short, Dubois evokes the spirit of Liszt himself. This is worth adding to your collection.” The American Organist, March 2006