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Michel Colin

Michel Colin is the titulaire of The Grand Organ (1986) built by Yves Cabourdin,
Manufacture d/Orgues de Carcés, Var, in the Basilica of Notre-Dame de la Victoire, St-Raphaël, Var, France

Michel Colin at the console of the organ at Saint-Raphaël

Michel COLIN was born in Picardy. After studying piano following a first prize in the Musica competition in Reims in 1983, he began the violin and simultaneously read for a musicology degree at the Sorbonne. He studied organ with André Fleury and then with Françoise Renet at the Marcel Dupré school in Meudon where he obtained a gold medal in 1986. He undertook postgraduate studies in 1987 and finally studied with Odile Pierre the National Conservatoire in Paris where he obtained a gold medal in 1988.
He served as organist the parish churches of St-Denis and the Redemption in Paris from 1982 – 1989 after which he was appointed organist at Meaux Cathedral from 1987 – 1989. In 1989 he was appointed titular organist of the important Yves Cabourdin organ at Notre-Dame de la Victoire at St Raphaël.

He has worked as accompanist for singing and instrumental classes at the St Raphaël Conservatorium from 1989 – 1994. He has held a number of posts as organ and piano teacher: the Conservatorium and Music School at Sanary (1992 -1993), St-Cyr-sur-Mer (1995 – 2001) and St Raphaël (1989 – 2001).
He is currently harpsichord professor in Hyères, a position he gained in 1995 after a competition, and professor in organ at La Valette-du-Var since 1999. He completed a total of six years training in organ building in Paris with Jacques Barberis and with Yves Cabourdin in Carcès.
He has a longtime interest in historic keyboard instruments and French heritage. He is a collector and is an advocate of historic performance practice on historic instruments. In addition to having written a number of papers in music magazines, he actively supports numerous organ societies both locally and nationally, and participates in many regional and national organ festivals.
Michel COLIN is a professional organ consultant with the Department of Music, Dance, Theatre and Spectacles with the Ministry of Culture. He is consultant for organ building and restoration in the Principality of Monaco.
He has performed as soloist and other musical combinations, including choir and orchestra, in almost 500 occasions in all musical styles in ten European countries, North America and North Africa.
Michel COLIN has recorded numerous CDs for France Musique, USA, EMA, Harmonia Mundi and Plein-Jeu.