Born in 1967, Frédéric Blanc decided to devote himself entirely to music after one year of law studies.
He attended the Academy of Bordeaux and Toulouse where he obtained many awards, including awards in organ and theory.
Further studies in organ included teachers, André Fleury, Marie-Claire Alain and, from 1991, Marie-Madeleine Duruflé, who came to regard him as her successor in the interpretation of her husband’s compositions.
He was assistant organist at Saint-Sernin de Toulouse (1987-1995). A finalist of the International Improvisation Competition of Strasbourg in 1989, he has also been a prize winner of several other International Improvisations competitions, including Nuremberg (1996) and 2nd Prize in the Grand Prize of Chartres. In 1997, he was awarded the Grand Prize of the city of Paris, an international competition. Frédéric Blanc maintains an active career as a concert artist throughout Europe, as well as making several concert tours in the USA.
Frédéric Blanc is member of the Organ Commission of the city of Paris and the Organ Commission of the French Ministry of Culture, as well as being the President and music director of the association of Maurice and Marie-Madeleine Duruflé.
He has recorded several CD for EMI, Aeolus, Motette devoted to improvisation and organ literature that have been greeted enthusiastically by international critics claiming him to be one of the most brilliant organists and improvisers of the French school of organ. He is the author of a study devoted to André Fleury and of e book devoted to Maurice Duruflé (Séguier Editors, Paris) and he made several improvisation-transcriptions of the late Pierre Cochereau, organist of Notre-Dame in Paris (1955-1984).
Since 1999, Frédéric Blanc has been titular organist of the Cavaillé-Coll at Notre-Dame of Auteuil in Paris, one of the most beautiful organs of that builder in that great city.(2)