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Christophe Martin-Maëder (Organ, Choral Conductor)

Born: 1959 - France

The French organist and choral conductor, Christophe Martin-Maëder, studied piano with Manuel Mascort and from the age 0f 13 in the organ class of Jean Langlais at the Schola Cantorum in Paris. Parallel to the study of law, he continued his training as an organist with Odile Bailleux, Odile Pierre, Gaston Litaize and with Jean Ferrard at the Conservatoire Royal de Liège, followed by the summer academies of Jean Boyer, Xavier Darasse, Bernard Foccroulle and Michael Radulescu. He also workrf on music writing with Julien Falk.

Christophe Martin-Maëder thus began a career as a recitalist in France and abroad. An avid of early music, he plays harpsichord with Elisabeth Joyé, and clavichord.

For 15 years Christophe Martin-Maëder promoted the project of constructing a dual temperament organ at the the Paris parish Saint-Antoine de Padoue, which led him to develop there a significant cultural activity, including choir. Created under the direction of Anton Swarowsky, he then conducted in Paris works by Monteverdi, J.S. Bach, Antonio Vivaldi, George Frideric Handel, Mozart, Gabriel Fauré, Grieg In 1997, he was appointed titular organist of Eglise Saint-Augustin à Paris, succeeding Suzanne Chaisemartin. With the creation of instrumental ensemble, he was able to expand the repertoire to favourtite works of the 19th 20th centuries. In addition to the liturgical activity attached to this post, he gives recitals and organizes, as well as presentations of the prestigious instrument.

Included on the list of organists of the Zone Apostolique de Paris since 1988, Christophe Martin-Maëder also teaches organ with the Association Nationale pour la Formation des Organistes Liturgiques and the Conservatoire de Sucy-en-Brie, and directs the classes of vocal ensembles at the Ecole Nationale de Musique de Danse et dArt Dramatique de Cachan.

In 2004, Christophe Martin-Maëder was made Chevalier des Arts et Lettres.

Source: Christophe Martin-Maëder Website, English translation by Aryeh Oron (May 2012)
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Aryeh Oron (May 2012)

Christophe Martin-Maëder: Short Biography | Recordings of Vocal Works

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Christophe Martin-Maëder (Official Website) [French]


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