Daniel Roth (organist)

For the writer, see Daniel Roth (writer).
Daniel Roth at organ console in Église Saint-Sulpice, Paris

Daniel François Roth (born October 31, 1942 in Mulhouse), is a French organist, composer, and pedagogue.


Roth began his musical training at the conservatory in his home town, Mulhouse with Professeur Joseph Victor Meyer. In 1960, he entered the Paris Conservatory, where he graduated with five first prizes — in organ and improvisation (1963, class of Rolande Falcinelli), harmony (1962, class of Maurice Duruflé), counterpoint and fugue (1963, class of Marcel Bitsch), and piano accompaniment (1970, class of Henriette Puit-Roget). He also studied organ with Marie-Claire Alain.

Daniel Roth is the father of conductor and flautist François-Xavier Roth[1] and violist Vincent Roth.


In 1963, Daniel Roth became Rolande Falcinelli's substitute at the great organ at Sacré-Coeur in Paris, where he succeeded his former teacher as titular organist in 1973, a position he held until 1985, when he was appointed titular organist at Saint-Sulpice in Paris, where his predecessors were Charles-Marie Widor, Marcel Dupré, and Jean-Jacques Grunenwald.

Daniel Roth was the winner of several prestigious organ competitions, such as the competition of the "Amis de l'orgue", and the Grand Prix in organ performance and improvisation at the Concours de Chartres in 1971.

From 1974-76, Daniel Roth was Artist-In-Residence at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and professor of organ at the Catholic University in Washington, D.C.. He also held teaching positions of organ in Marseille (1974-1979), Strasbourg (1979-1988), and Saarbrücken (1988-1995). From 1995-2007, he taught organ performance and improvisation at the Frankfurt Musikhochschule. In addition, he was consultant for the new organ by Karl Schuke at Luxembourg Philharmony, which he dedicated in 2005.

Daniel Roth is "Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur", "Officier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres", and "Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Organists". In 2006, he received the European Prize of European sacred music from the Schwäbisch Gmünd Festival (Germany).


Organ solo

Organ for four hands

Chamber music

Vocal works


Transcriptions for organ


Preceded by
Jean-Jacques Grunenwald
Titular Organist, Saint Sulpice Paris
Succeeded by


  1. Afternoon on 3 / BBC National Orchestra of Wales - BBC Radio 3 program of 23 February 2010

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