|French organist Christophe Mantoux is Professor of Organ at the Pôle Supérieur and the Conservatoire Régional de Paris where he teaches students from all over Europe, the United States, South America, South Korea, and Japan. Prior to his appointment in Paris, he was Professor of Organ at the Conservatoire National de Région of Strasbourg. He also holds the post of Titular Organist at the famous Church of Saint-Séverin in Paris where he has served since 1995.
His international career as a concert organist has taken him to more than twenty-five countries including countries in Europe, South America, South Korea, Japan, Canada, China and the United States. He has played some of the most prestigious instruments in Europe, including organs in the Freiberg Dom, the Jakobikirche in Lübeck, St. Wenzelskirche in Naumburg, St Bavokerk in Haarlem, the Oude Kerk in Amsterdam and the Martinikerk in Groningen; and in the United States, organs by Paul Fritts in Columbus, Tacoma, San Diego, Princeton, and at the University of Notre Dame, the Fisk organ at Stanford University, among others. He recently was invited to give a week long teaching residency and present a concert at Yale University, and has also taught at the Haarlem Summer Academy and the Europäische Orgelakademie in Leipzig. Most recently he was one of the major recitalists for the University of Notre Dame/Westfield Conference on Organs and the Reformation. In the fall of 2018, he was invited to teach at Southern Methodist University as a sabbatical replacement. He was also invited to present two short residencies at Cornell University, with a third to be given in the spring of 2019.
In 1984, Mr. Mantoux won the prestigious Grand Prix d’Interprétation (First Prize in Interpretation) at the Chartres International Organ Competition (Grand Prix de Chartres). Following that success, he served as Titular Organist of the Chartres Cathedral from 1986 to 1992, and he remains a member of the Artistic Committee of the Chartres International Organ Competition.
Born in 1961 in Paris, Mr. Mantoux completed his organ studies with Gaston Litaize at the Conservatoire National de Région of Saint-Maur-des-Fossés. He later studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris, where he won First Prizes in Harmony and Counterpoint.
Besides his active concert schedule and teaching, Mr. Mantoux is regularly invited to give masterclasses and workshops as well as to serve as adjudicator for international organ competitions, including the International Organ Competition at Chartres (France), the Gottfried-Silbermann-Orgelwettbewerb Freiberg (Germany), the International Organ Competition in Nürnberg (Germany), the International Organ Competition Tokyo-Musashino (Japan), the International Concours de Groningen (the Netherlands), the International Organ Competition at Pistoia (Italy), the International BACH/LISZT Organ Competition in Erfurt and Weimar (Germany), the St. Albans International Organ Competition and the Tariverdiev Organ Competition in Kaliningrad, Russia. He is a member of the National Commission for Historical Organs of France. He also leads organ tours in France for interested groups from Germany, the United States and other English-speaking countries.
Christophe Mantoux has contributed articles to numerous organ journals, one in English to The American Organist (July 2008). He has recorded two CDs, one of which features the music of Guilain and Marchand, the other includes works of Jehan Alain recorded on the much celebrated Cavaillé-Coll organ in the Abbey Church of St. Ouen de Rouen (Motette 13651), which won the coveted “Grand Prix de l’Académie Charles Cros.”