Yoann Tardivel

Yoann Tardivel

A concert organist, Yoann Tardivel teaches the organ at Toulouse conservatory. 

He was trained in Paris, Copenhagen and Brussels, his principal teachers being Michel Bouvard, François Henri Houbart and Olivier Latry. In receiving the counsel of Bine K. Bryndorf he was able to deepen his knowledge of early music from the Germanic and Nordic spheres and acquaint himself with the modes of research required for their comprehension. He completed his educational journey working with Bernard Foccroulle, whose assistant at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels he was from 2010 to 2016.

In 2008 he garnered the First Grand Prize at the International Xavier Darasse Competition in Toulouse with a programme devoted to the Livre d‘orgue by Olivier Messiaen, placed into correspondence with the compositions of Gilbert Amy, Valéry Aubertin et Jean- Pierre Leguay. On this occasion he was elected ‘E.C.H.O. Young Organist of the Year’ for 2009.

As a soloist, he has already performed in venues among the most representative of the French organ. He is also a guest at international festivals in Europe.

Intent on exploring the history of his instrument but also that of his native country, he cultivates French music, whether Baroque, Romantic or from our day, as representing the most significant portion of his repertory. His recordings of the music by Jehan Alain, César Franck and Camille Saint-Saëns were unanimously claimed by the musical press. 

The music of the 20th and 21st centuries holds an equally prominent position, music through which he addresses questions about the possibilities of the organ and the organist, but also about the developments in music overall as well as modes of listening and communication. In this capacity he performs regularly in the context of festivals devoted to the today’s music, such as Klangspuren in Innsbruck or Ars Musica in Brussels, while collaboraing with composers such as Gilbert Amy, Pascal Dusapin, Bernard Foccroulle, Benoit Mernier, Yves Chauris, Vincent Paulet, Valery Aubertin, Thomas Lacôte or Dai Fujikura, who composed for him Water Path, premiered in 2016.

Based in Belgium from 2010 to 2021 he also worked as producer and programme host on Musiq3-RTBF and teached in the programme of ARTS2, the Superior School for the Arts in Mons, an institution that brings together music, the arts of speech and visual arts.