François Benoist (10 September 1794 – 6 May 1878) was a French organist, composer, and pedagogue.
Benoist was born in Nantes. He studied music at the Conservatoire de Paris and won the Prix de Rome in 1815 for his cantata Œnone. In 1819, he became organist (organiste du roi) and professor of organ at the Conservatoire; he held the latter post for half a century. His students included César Franck, Camille Saint-Saëns, Charles Lecocq, Georges Bizet, Louis Lefébure-Wely, Léo Delibes, and Adolphe Adam. As composer, he was comparatively unimportant, but he wrote two operas, four ballets, one Requiem Mass, and numerous works for organ. He died in Paris.
See: List of music students by teacher: A to B#François Benoist.
François-Clément Théodore Dubois was a French composer, organist and music teacher.
Jehan Ariste Alain[ʒɑ̃ aʁist alɛ̃] was a French organist, composer, and soldier. Born into a family of musicians, he learned the organ from his father and a host of other teachers, becoming a composer at 18, and composing until the outbreak of the Second World War 10 years later. His music was influenced by the musical language of the earlier Claude Debussy and his contemporary Olivier Messiaen, as well as his interest in music, dance and philosophies of the far east. At the outbreak of WWII Alain became a dispatch rider in the Eighth Motorised Armour Division of the French Army; he took part in the Battle of Saumur, in which he was killed.
Louis-James-Alfred Lefébure-Wély was a French organist and composer. He played a major role in the development of the French symphonic organ style and was closely associated with the organ builder Aristide Cavaillé-Coll, inaugurating many new Cavaillé-Coll organs.
Jean-Jacques Grunenwald, was a French organist, composer, architect, and pedagogue.
Gaspard Corrette was a French composer and organist.
Jean Victor Arthur Guillou was a French composer, organist, pianist, and pedagogue. Titular Organist at Saint Eustache in Paris, from 1963 to 2015, he was widely known as a composer of instrumental and vocal music focused on the organ, as an improviser, and as an adviser to organ builders. For several decades he held regular master classes in Zurich and in Paris.
Théodore-César Salomé was a French organist and composer.
Thierry Escaich, is a French organist and composer.
Michel Chapuis was a French classical organist and pedagogue. He was especially known as an interpreter of the French and the German Baroque masters and dedicated to historically informed performances.
Jean-Marie Plum was a Belgian composer and organist.
(Alphonse Zoé Charles) Renaud de Vilbac was a prolific French organist and composer.
Marius André Gueit was a 19th-century French organist, cellist and composer.
Achille Philip, was a French organist and composer.
Adolphe Édouard Marie Deslandres was a French composer and organist.
Guillaume Lasceux was a French organist, improviser and composer.
Albert Paul Alain was a 20th-century French organist and composer.
Henri Jules Joseph Nibelle was a French organist, choral conductor and composer.
Hervé Désarbre is a French organist and organiste du ministère de la Défense. He is titular of the Cavaillé-Coll organ of the Église Notre-Dame du Val-de-Grâce in Paris.
Jeanne Joulain was a French organist, concertist and music educator.
Adrien Rougier was a French organist, organ builder, conductor and composer.