Jean-Baptiste Robin

French composer and organist (Clamart, 1976 - )

Jean-Baptiste Robin is a French composer and organist of the Chapelle Royale of the Château de Versailles. He is an organ teacher at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional of Versailles.

After he won five first prizes at the Paris Conservatoire in his classes of writing, organ and orchestration, Jean-Baptiste Robin perfected his training in the composition class of George Benjamin at the King’s College of Music of London. Jean-François Zygel, Marc-André Dalbavie, Olivier Latry or Marie-Claire Alain stand among the list of his teachers.

His composition explore every genre, from the soloist instrument to the big symphonic orchestra, and are played in Europe, in North America and in Japan. He composes for many formations like the Maîtrise de Radio France, the Orchestre National de Lyon, the London Philharmonic Orchestra or the Ensemble Intercontemporain.

At first, he held the tenure or the grand historical organ François-Henri Clicquot of the cathedral in Poitiers and later, he was appointed the co-tenured organist of the  Chapelle Royale of the Château de Versailles. As a performer, Jean-Baptiste Robin gives many recitals. Moreover, he is requested to give master classes, like the one he gives at the Académie Musicale de la Chaise-Dieu and at the Académie de Poitiers.

His discography includes the work of Jehan Alain, Louis Marchand, Felix Mendelssohn or François Couperin and his own compositions. Jean-Baptiste Robin is the first musician to be the laureate of the Fondation Lagardère and won the SACEM prize George Enesco, but also the prize of the audience at the Dom Bedos competition. 

Six landmark dates in the life of Jean-Baptiste Robin

2000 to 2010: tenure of the big historical organ François-Henri Clicquot of the cathedral of Poitiers

2002: his record dedicated to the work of Louis Marchand won the Diapason d’or

2005: composed « Emergences », a vocal saga for the Maîtrise de Radio France

2010: wrote the piece "Distances" for chamber orchestra; order of the Ensemble Intercontemporain. The piece was created at the Salle Pleyel under the conducting of Pierre Boulez at the occasion of the 85th birthday of the composer

2011: composed "Trois Solos" for baroque organ; order of the Association François-Henri Clicquot

2012: composed "Crop Circles" for big orchestra; order of Radio France for the Orchestre National de France.