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The Cavaillé-Coll/Gonzalez/Aubertin Organ, Auditorium de Lyon

Constructed for the third Paris World’s Fair in 1878 and the Palais de Trocadéro in Paris, this monumental instrument (82 stops and 6,400 pipes) was the ‘showcase’ of the most distinguished organ builder of his time, Aristide Cavaillé-Coll. Rebuilt in the new Palais de Chaillot by Victor Gonzalez in 1939, then transferred in 1977 to the Auditorium de Lyon by his successor Georges Danion, it was restored in 2013 by Michel Gaillard (Manufacture Aubertin) to its former glory. The finest musicians have sat at the console of this prestigious organ to unveil to the publicRequiemsby Fauré and Duruflé and masterpieces by Guilmant, Franck, Widor, Gounod, Dupré, Saint-Saëns, Poulenc, Duruflé, Alain, Messiaen and, more recently, Édith Canat de Chizy, Thierry Escaich and Kaija Saariaho. It is the only grand organ in a concert hall in France outside Paris (Maison de la Radio et Philharmonie).

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The Organ of Saint-Pothin Church (Lyon VI)

The first Saint-Pothin organ was manufactured by Daublaine & Callinet in 1846. In 1876, Joseph Merklin reclaimed the pipes to build a new organ, enlarged by him in 1880 and later by Michel Merklin & Kuhn in 1910. In 1942, Ruche & Co. made a new instrument with three manuals and a pedalboard using parts from the Merklin organ. In 2004, organ manufacturer Kern built a new organ integrating parts from the existing machine. This 43-stop instrument is currently in the hands of titular organist Octavian Saunier, whose predecessors include Adrien Rougier and Loïc Mallié.



Le jury du concours

Le programme du concours

Le règlement du concours

Les concerts ouverts au public

En partenariat avec l’Aida (Agence iséroise de diffusion artistique) et avec le soutien de la Fondation Olivier-Messiaen, abritée par la Fondation de France.

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