Jacques Charpentier left us on June 15. He was 83 years old.
Organist and composer, Jacques Charpentier, who had been one of Messiaen’s most brilliant students at the Conservatoire, left us more than 150 works, both for the organ, for chamber music groups and for the orchestra.
In 1958, he was appointed Chief Music Inspector by the Premier of Culture, André Malraux, before 20 years later he became Director of Music, Lyrics and Dance in the ministry. In 2004, he was unanimously elected Chairman of the National Music Committee, the French section of the UNESCO International Music Council.
The musician who had proved himself in the ministry as a remarkable administrator was also a born teacher, a teacher who allowed the finest talents to find the way to their full development.
I extend my deepest condolences to his family, his loved ones, all his friends.