Since 1988, Yves Castagnet has been tenured organist for the choir organ of Notre-Dame de Paris.
Born in 1964 in Paris, Yves Castagnet studied music at the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris and in classes of organ, harmony, counterpoint, fugue, orchestration and improvisation. His studies were rewarded with many premiers prix, among which was a premier prix for organ in 1985.
In 1988, he won the grand prix for interpretation at the Grand Prix international organ competition in Chartres. Thereafter, he began a solo career which allowed him to perform regularly in France and abroad (Great Britain, USA, Germany, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Sweden, Hungary, Czech Republic). Alongside these activities as a soloist, Yves Castagnet spends a large part of his time as liturgical organist for the choir of the Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral, where each day he accompanies the services sung by the cathedral Choir School. As both a recitalist and a continuist, Yves Castagnet is fully devoted to accompanying the singers. Within the Notre-Dame de Paris Choir School, he teaches interpretation to singers in the adult choir, which he regularly accompanies during concert productions. He is also invited to other training, such as the Concert d’Astrée (Emmanuelle Haïm), the Chœur de Radio France and the Chœur de l’université Paris-Sorbonne.
Yves Castagnet has already recorded five records, all of which have been highly praised by specialist periodicals: Dupré (Symphonie-Passion and Évocation) and Vierne (Première and Deuxième Symphonies) at the great organs of the Saint-Ouen abbey-church in Rouen, for Sony; Mendelssohn (the Six Sonatas) at the great organs of the church of Masevaux and Duruflé (Requiem) at the great organs and with the Choir School of Notre-Dame de Paris, for BMG ; and finally an album of Liszt, Reubke, Schumann and Mendelssohn at the great organs of the Madeleine church (Paris) with MKI. At the end of 2005, he released a Dupré record with Intrada at the great organs of Notre-Dame de Paris, with Le Chemin de la Croix and la Deuxième Symphonie, en ut dièse mineur (Intra020) on the programme, a record which earned critical praise and which won him a Diapason d’Or. He also appeared on the double CD which brought together the best moments from the 2004-2005 season of the Concerts à Saint-Étienne-du-Mont (Paris), where he played Mendelssohn, Vierne, Widor et Dupré (Intra018).