Biography

Originally from Avignon, Emmanuel Arakélian discovered his passion for historic and modern keyboards at a young age. After graduating with highest honors from the Regional Conservatory of Toulon, where he studied with Pascal Marsault and Claire Bodin, he commenced studies at the National Conservatory of Paris, where he is currently pursuing a double major in organ and harpsichord. There, he studies the organ with Olivier Latry and Michel Bouvard and harpsichord and basso continuo with Olivier Baumont and Blandine Rannou.
Over the course of his studies, he has been honored with several different scholarships including the Fondation de France, Fonds Tarazzi, and the Fondation Meyer. In 2015, he also won the second prize in the “Grand Prix Bach” in Lausanne, Switzerland and in 2018, the second prize and the public prize at the organ competition of Lens/Béthune.

Since January 2019, he has been appointed as a new organist of the historical organ 1774 of “Basilique de Saint-Maximin la Sainte-Baume”

His love of early music and his passion for instrument building has lead him to many different areas of musical research. He is particularly passionate about early music and the music of our own time. Among contemporary composers, he has been dedicated in his interpretation of the works of Bernard Foccroulle, Vincent Paulet, and Grégoire Rolland.
Another special interest is the music of twentieth century composer Jehan Alain, music of unusual depth and originality.

Emmanuel Arakélian has appeared regularly in some of France’s most renowned festivals including the “Jeunes Talents” (Young Talents) Festival in Paris, the Francois-Henri Clicquot Festival in Poitiers, the organ concert series of the Royaumont Foundation, the “Tribune d’orgue” (the organ loft) of Dieppe, the Roquevaire Festival, The Festival des Grandes-Orgues de Chartres (the Chartres Organ Festival), and also in Switzerland, Germany, Italy, and Canada.

In November 2016, he became the seventh Young Artist-in-Residence at the Cathedral of New Orleans. In this position, he performed regularly in the United States on both the organ and the harpsichord as a soloist, with choir, and with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra.

He currently serves as organist at the Saint Léonce Cathedral in Fréjus, France, where he presides over a three manual pipe organ by Pascal Quoirin and Jean-Louis Loriaut. Very involved in the promotion of the organ and its music in the South of France, he has participated for almost ten years in the development of a concert series featuring Quorin and
Loriaut’s landmark instrument.