Stéphane Bois won gold medal in 1994 and with the unanimous congratulations of the jury at the CRR de Toulouse (organ class of Michel Bouvard). That same year, he entered the CNSMD de Lyon (class of Jean Boyer) and obtained his DNSPM with high honours. Organist at the Saint-Étienne Cathedral in Toulouse until 2004, he plays the great Link organ of the Cathedral of Mirepoix and teaches the organ in Toulouse at the CRR and at the isdaT performing arts. In 1998, he made a solo record on the great Bancells organ of the Institut Catholique de Toulouse (Coriolan 335 805), which was unanimously appreciated by critics. His CD, produced on the great historic Link organ in Mirepoix, was especially recommended by Magazine de l’Orgue, the highest distinction for a Belgian recording. He has been invited both as a soloist and in chamber formation to numerous international festivals in France and abroad.
During the international Toulouse les Orgues festival, his performance on organ of the finale of Brahms’ Fourth Symphony was worthy of notice (“interpreted and restored by Stéphane Bois with amazing breadth and acuity”, Michel Roubinet).
Born in Switzerland, Yves Rechsteiner was trained on organ and harpsichord in Geneva and Basel. Winner of several international competitions, he has been teaching basso continuo at the CNSMD de Lyon for twenty years. He also directs the Toulouse les Orgues festival. Focusing on a reflection on organ music, he designs his concert programmes with his own arrangements of baroque, classical, symphonic and rock works. A fan of varied musical encounters, he collaborates with musicians from various musical worlds such as traditional and jazz.
Michel Bouvard has been pursuing a dual career as a concert performer and teacher for thirty years. Recognised on the international scene as one of the most endearing French performers, invited to play regularly on the most beautiful historic organs in Europe as well as in concert halls in Asia and the Americas, he has given over a thousand concerts in more than 25 countries. In recent years, he has performed in cultural capitals such as New York, Tokyo, Madrid, Montreal, Milan, Rio de Janeiro, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Saint-Petersburg, Seoul, London, New Orleans, Leipzig, San Francisco…
Michel Bouvard owes his vocation to his grandfather Jean Bouvard, a pupil of Louis Vierne. He received his training at the CNSMD de Paris (writing classes), then in the organ and improvisation class of André Isoir, as well as with the organists of Saint-Séverin (Jean Boyer, Francis Chapelet, Michel Chapuis). A first prize win at the Concours International de Toulouse (1983) marked the start of his career. Called on by Xavier Darasse to succeed him in the organ class of the CRR de Toulouse in 1985, he continued his work in support of the heritage of the city and the region, organising concerts, visits, academies, international competitions, etc. with his colleague Willem Jansen. All this substantive work led to the creation of the International Toulouse les Orgues Festival in 1996, which he directed for seven years along with the upper organ class of the CESMD, founded in 1994.
In 1995, he was appointed professor of organ at the CNSMD in Paris with his friend Olivier Latry.
Michel Bouvard has played the historic Cavaillé-Coll organ in the Saint-Sernin Basilica in Toulouse since 1996. In 2010, he was appointed as one of the organists “par Quartier” of the Royal Chapel of the Château de Versailles. He is a Knight of Arts and Letters.