Louis Noël Bestion de Camboulas

Louis Noël Bestion de Camboulas studied the organ, the harpsichord, chamber music and conducting at the Paris and Lyon conservatoires. Among his teachers were Louis Robilliard, Jan Willem Jansen, Michel Bourcier, Nicolas Brochot, François Espinasse, Yves Rechsteiner, Olivier Baumont and Blandine Rannou.

He has won prizes at several international organ competitions, including the Grand Prix d’Orgue “Jean Louis Florentz” of the Académie des Beaux Arts, first prize at the Gottfried Silbermann Organ Competition in Freiberg (Germany) and, in 2013, first prize at the prestigious Xavier Darasse Competition in Toulouse, thus becoming “Echo Organist of the Year”. He has given solo recitals in Europe, in such venues as La Madeleine in Paris, the Auditorium de Radio France, the Toulouse les Orgues Festival, Berlin Cathedral and the Monaco festival, in Alkmaar (Netherlands) and in Switzerland and Italy.

As a soloist, he has recorded the CD Bach and Friends on organ and harpsichord, followed by Visages Impressionnistes (choc de Classica). His CD Soleils Couchants was released on the Harmonia mundi label in 2019.

Louis Noël Bestion de Camboulas was artist in residence at the Royaumont Foundat ion from 2015 to 2018 as organist of the Cavaillé Coll organ. He directs the ensemble Les Surprises, which specializes in the vocal and instrumental repertoire of the 17th and 18th centuries. He performs with the ensemble in numerous venues and festivals throughout the world.

He has also worked with such conductors as Hervé Niquet, Arie van Beek and Roberto Forés Veses. His research on the composers François Rebel and François Francoeur was recognized by the Fondation de France with the Award of the Déclics jeunes scholarship.

In 2018 he conducted the modern premiere of the opera Issé by André Cardinal Destouches, including performances at the Opéra Royal de Versailles and the Opéra de Montpellier.

He is also invited to conduct orchestral projects at the Conservatoires of Paris and Lyon.

Following a commission from Radio France, he has produced and performed a solo organ transcription of Henri Dutilleux’s First Symphony.

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