History of the Workshop

Bertrand Cattiaux was born in 1955 in Étampes, near Paris and very early on, showed a great interest in music.

When he was 14, opening the back doors of the organ of Notre Dame d'Étampes, he discovered a fascinating world of pipes, wood and mechanics. He began to take organ lessons with Noellie Pierront and soon discovered his true vocation — he would become an organ builder.

Having chosen Jean-Loup Boisseau as his training master, he had the opportunity to work on the great organ of Notre Dame de Paris and to meet the tenured organist, Pierre Cocherau.

In 1980 Mr. Cattiaux became the partner of Jean-Loup Boisseau and they established a new workshop together. From 1980 to 1988 the two organ builders restored more than 30 organs including the organs of the Basilique Saint-Denis, Notre-Dame de Paris, the cathedral of Poitiers and Saint Sernin of Toulouse. They also reconstructed the organ of the Royale Chapel of Versailles.

In 1998, Mr. Cattiaux settled in Liourdres (the departement of Corrèze), where he brought to life the "Atelier Bertrand Cattiaux". In this new workshop he built and restored with his own team organs like the Basilique Saint-Remi de Reims, Luneville, Sarlat, Amilly which was inaugurated by Gustav Leonhardt, Le Pouliguen, the Cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris with Pascal Quoirin, the Cathédrale de Basse-Terre in Gouadeloupe (cariebbean island) and Beurnevésin (Swizerland).

Within his workshop, Mr. Cattiaux is primarily responsible for the design and voicing of instruments, for which he has obtained an international reputation.

Mr. Cattiaux is a Chevalier des Arts et Lettres an a Chevalier de l'Ordre National de Mérite.

On august the 1st 2019 Olivier Chevron succedes to Bertrand Cattiaux, the workshop changes the name for: Atelier Cattiaux Olivier Chevron successor.

Born in Laval in 1967, Olivier Chevron got organmusic courses since the age of 10 and discovered the machine "organ". He studied cabinet making, then organbuilding at the school of Eschau. In 1989 he integrated the workshop created by Bertrand Cattiaux and Jean-Loup Boisseau where he stayed for 10 years. In 2001 he started his own workshop where he built and restored organs like: the musicschool of Mantes la Jolie, the chapel of the Blessed Sacrament in Paris and Celles Sur Belle.

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