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Yves Castagnet (born 1964 in Paris) is an organist and composer . Since 1988, he holds the choir organ of the Cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris.

Yves Castagnet began his musical studies at the age of 5 by learning the piano and then the organ from the age of 9 with Éliane Lejeune-Bonnier. He studied at the Conservatoire de Paris (CNSMDP), organ classes (with Rolande Falcinelli and then Michel Chapuis), harmony, counterpoint, fugue, orchestration and improvisation. He won several first prizes, including a first prize for organ in 1985. In 1988, he won the grand prix d'interprétation of the Chartres International Organ Competition. In the same year, at the age of 24, he was named organist titular of the choir organ of the Cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris.

For nearly 25 years, Yves Castagnet, in addition to his concert activities, has devoted a large part of his time to the profession of liturgical organist : he accompanies the weekday evening services (Vespers and Mass) on a daily basis, as well as the Sunday services in dialogue with the great organ. He is the accompanist of the singers of the Maîtrise de Notre-Dame directed since 2014 by Henri Chalet. He also teaches interpretation to adult choir singers. Since 2004, it has been replaced by the choir organ by Johann Vexo.

In 1996 and 2010, he composed three Psalms for choir and organ : Psalm 26 ("The Lord is my light and my salvation") for men's voices, Psalm 18 ("heaven sing the glory of God") for women's voices and Psalm 115 ("I believe, and I will speak") for mixed choir. These psalms are recorded for the first time in July 2011 in the Church of Notre-Dame de Saint-Dizier by Maîtrise Saint-Christophe de Javel under the direction of Henri Chalet, on the Duruflé - Requiem CD published by Studio SM.

In 2002, Yves Castagnet composed a Salve Regina Mass for choir, soli and two organs, based on themes arising from the solemn tone of Salve Regina. He completed it with a Gloria in 2007 . Performed for the first time in its entirety on October 9, 2007 for the opening of the 2007/2008 season of Sacred Music in Notre-Dame, it was recorded in 2008 by Éditions Hortus by La Maîtrise de Notre-Dame, Olivier Latry at the grand orgue, and Yves Castagnet himself at the choir organ, a recording that was unanimously praised by critics. Although originally conceived for the sound universe of the cathedral, this Mass was performed in the Church of Saint-Sulpice in Paris in May 2012.

From 24 August to 5 September 2010, Yves Castagnet was a member of the Grand Prix de Chartres jury with Vincent Dubois and several foreign organists, under the chairmanship of Louis Robilliard.

Between 2010 and 2013 are published the 7 volumes of The Hours Of Our Lady for each liturgical time and feast of the Saints, gathering all the noted services of the Vespers sung every evening in the cathedral and broadcast live on the KTO channel. They contain songs from the cathedral's centuries-old musical heritage and a more recent creative work by Yves Castagnet, who composed a large part of the antiphon and tones of Psalms as well as some hymns and the lucernary.

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