Bertrand Cattiaux, whom I've known for about forty years, could
have been an excellent organist – he had the talent for it but
he prefered to dedicate himself to organ building and learn this trade
by becoming my partner.
We worked together on a great number of prestigious sites (Notre-Dame
de Paris, Houdan, Levroux, Poitiers, Toulouse and so many others). That ís
what allowed him to prove his skill.
Having followed his work with great interest since he gained his independence,
I can say that, in terms of historical organ restoration as well as modern
organ building, his sense of aesthetics, human relations, organization,
and his passion for properly executed work make him one of the most outstanding
organ builders of his generation.
Paris, 14th of March 2008
I highly recommend M. Bertrand Cattiaux the organ
builder, especially in the field of voicing ; I still have wonderful
memories of his work at Lunéville, at the Chapelle du Château
de Versailles and on Herr Ricken’s private organ in Düsseldorf,
Organist of La Madeleine, Paris
11 March 2008
Not content with having perfectly mastered the technique of ancient French
organ building, Bertrand CATTIAUX opened his mind to the different aesthetics
and became an all-round craftsman and artist.
His knowledge and professionalism have made him a figure of the French
organ building world that cannot be ignored.
Trained by Boisseau, immersed in a great organ culture, encouraged by
the most famous soloists (from Pierre Cochereau to Jean Boyer) Mr. Cattiaux
has succeeded in making a name for himself which is now the synonym of
Titular organist of Notre-Dame de Paris
A master of sound dedicated to music and organists, a real artist, respectful
of the material and mechanism of the organ, an open mind in continual search,
a scrupulous and reliable partner, a wise manager.
Bertrand CATTIAUX is without a doubt one of the greatest organ builders
in the world whose talent, combined with his personal experience, have
allowed him to reach a very high rank.
For more than thirty years, I have played all the instruments he has restored
or constructed. Each one is a new discovery, giving to the organist
a rare emotion and the real liberty of playing and expression.
His knowledge of the techniques, his mastery of organ building, his musical
culture are the guarantee of an accomplished work. By himself he is a whole
polyphony of organ building given that he restored and constructed organs
of all styles, dating from the 16th to the 21st century. This is unique
— I have never met any other organ builder able to reach such a level
of perfection in such a wide field.
Following the example of the most famous organ builders, as Clicquot,
Schnitger, Silbermann or Cavaillé-Coll, his skills have no limit
Paris, 4th of November 2004
I consider Bertrand CATTIAUX one of the best French organ builders of
his time. He has a remarkably good ear and his qualities as an organ tuner
are acknowledged by most organists and fellow organ builders.
Thanks to his multiplicity of talent, he has not shut himself up in a
single aesthetic. One easily can be convinced of that by looking
at the list of works t his enterprise has achieved and, above all, by
hearing the sound of his instruments.
I had the opportunity to play on many of them and was always enchanted
by the refinement of their tone. And what is to say about the organ of
Notre-Dame de Paris he restored in 1992? Each time I play there, I am
surprised by its qualities.
I must point out the double aspect of Bertrand CATTIAUX as a restorer
and designer, a rare occurence among organ builders. He understands that
restoring ancient organs could help him to make the art of his predecessors
that ís how he acquired such a great culture and how his own instruments
continue an age-old tradition. When building new organs, he knows how to
associate the heritage of the past with a constant research in varied fields,
as in general design, case design, mechanics flexibility, even electronic
contribution for harmonics.
Toulouse, 18th of March 2008
Organiste de Saint-Sernin de Toulouse
I have known Bertrand Cattiaux for almost thirty years and have followed
his extraordinary evolution as an organ builder. From the time he worked
with Jean-Loup Boisseau until today, he has become the undisputed Master.
In the 1980s, when Bertrand Cattiaux
was in close contact with the famous Clicquot of Poitiers, he already
was filled with a passion for the French classical organ, its luminous,
balanced harmony and appropriate mechanics. His classical training and
his passionate contact with ancient organs have established an invaluable
base for the continuance of his art.
So many brilliant creations, so many scrupulous restorations
in varied styles, from the Renaissance to the 18th century, all involving
research and devoted discipline, and more personal constructions in which
the organ tuner's
feelings can fully express themselves!
Organist of Saint-Séverin de Paris
I have known Betrand Cattiaux since his beginning as an
I was able to appreciate his great talent when playing on the historical
organs of Sarlat, Cintegabelle andEtampes which he has wonderfully restored.
The organs of the cathedrals at Lunéville and Saint-Rémi
de Reims confirm that Bertrand Cattiaux is a major artist.
Palaiseau, 8th of March 2008
I have great admiration for the talent of Bertrand CATTIAUX whom
I consider one of the best organ builders of his time.
As I've known him since the beginning of his
carreer, I can attest to his continual evolution which has led him to
work on such instruments as the organ of the CathÈdrale de Sarlat,
in Perigord, or the organ of Bolbec, in Normandy.
When listening to these instruments, one understands M. CATTIAUX's
exceptional mastery of the French style.
A great artist!
they are based on many years of experience and research, as well as his
collaboration with organists, architects, visual artists and also with
other talented organ builders. Bertrand
CATTIAUX is an organ builder of his time who uses all competencies and
contemporary technologies to serve the organ builder’s art and
This is how he is able to build a classical French, German
or Spanish organ as well as a symphonic organ or a big concert organ. In
any case, the unique creation is a real work of art, designed and harmonized
for its own architectural and acoustic environment, allowing organists,
choirmasters and conductors to serve music and pass onto the audience this
deep emotion and enthusiasm of an extraordinay musical sincerity.
Asking Bertrand CATTIAUX to build an organ is the guarantee of a very
high quality result; and, for the organist who will be lucky to play this
organ, the guarantee of carrying musical art to its highest level.
Bertrand CATTIAUX has lived in
close contact with the great Cavaille-Coll organs he has contributed
to restore, such as the organ of Notre-Dame de Paris and the organ of Saint-Sernin
de Toulouse. His friendship with other great foreign organ-builders has
expanded his sound palette as well as his designer's expertise, leading
to such original contructions as the organ of Saint-Rémi de Reims,
perfectly installed in the famous basilica.
Bertrand Cattiaux is without a doubt
one of the masters organ builders; his high quality work,
human qualities and unfailing friendship have been most important for
my reflection as a performer. He ís not
only one of the greatest restorers of his time, but also one of the greatest
designers, able to produce the most beautiful creations thanks to
his culture, his experience and his aesthetic.