André Isoir, French organist, Died at 81


André Isoir  was born on July 20, 1935, in Saint-Dizier, France, and died on July 20, 2016.

He was a French organist.

He studied under Édouard Souberbielle (organ) and Germaine Mounier (piano) at the École César-Franck and under Rolande Falcinelli at the Paris Conservatoire where he won the first prizes in organ and improvisation in 1960.

After, in a organ competitions, he won several international prizes.

During 1965, Isoir won the improvisation competition in St Albans (UK). And, in three successive years, he won the competition in Haarlem (Netherlands), earning the “Challenge Award,” the only French interpreter to have achieved this distinction since the inception of the competition in 1951.

He was organist titulaire at St-Médard in Paris from 1952 to 1967 and at St. Severin in 1967.

As of 1973 he served as the titulaire (head organist) at the ancient Abbey of Saint-Germain-des-Prés in Paris.

He was awarded the Chevalier des Arts et Lettres, National Order of Merit, best instrumental soloist of the year to 2nd Victoires de la Musique, and also «Choc de l’année 2000» from the magazine Le Monde de la Musique for his interpretation of the Art of Fugue by J.S. Bach.

André Isoir passed away at 81 years old.