Daniel Roth has been widely acclaimed as one of the leading French organ virtuosos, and has held several prestigious positions as an artist and teacher. At age twenty he made his debut at the organ of the Basilique du Sacre Coeur in Paris, as assistant to his teacher Madame Falcinelli. He later succeeded her as Titular Organist at Sacre-Coeur, a post he held until 1985 when he was appointed Titular Organist at St. Sulpice, the famous Paris church where his predecessors were Charles-Marie Widor, Marcel Dupre and Jean-Jacques Grunenwald.
From 1974-1976 Daniel Roth held the position of Artist-in-Residence of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC . Upon his return to France, he resumed his teaching position at the Conservatory of Marseille, which he held until 1979 when he was appointed to the Conservatory of Strasbourg, a post he filled for nine years. From 1988 until summer, 1995, Mr. Roth taught at the Musikhochshule in Saarbrucken. He now is Professor of Organ at the Musikhochschule in Frankfurt am Main, succeeding Edgar Krapp and Helmut Walcha.
A former student at the Paris Conservatory, his teachers have included Marie-Claire Alain and Maurice Durufle. Daniel Roth has won several competitions, among them the Grand Prix de Chartres in 1971. He has concertized extensively in Europe, Great Britain, Scandinavia, Japan and Korea. He has made many tours of the United States and Canada since 1977. In addition to his regular tours, he has come to North America on several occasions as guest artist for various conventions: Third International Congress of Organists ( Washington DC and Philadelphia ), the national convention of the Royal Canadian College of Organists ( Montreal ) and the national convention of The American Guild of Organists held in Detroit . In 1990 he spent a week at Yale University , where he gave private lessons, presented a lecture and performed at Woolsey Hall. In 2003, Mr. Roth was named an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Organists.
A composer as well as performer, Roth has had several pieces published by Leduc: Evocation de la Pentecote, Pour la Nuit de Noel, Hommage a Cesar Franck and Tryptique, Hommage a Pierre Cochereau. Final Te Deum and Roth's transcription of Cesar Franck's Redemption are published by Barenreiter-Kassel. Joie Douleur et Gloire de Marie is published by Novello. Many of these compositions have been recorded on both compact disc and video. He has also written several works for choir, including Dignare me O Jesu for soloists, choir and organ, commissioned by Philip Brunelle, the first performance of which was at the American Church in Paris in 1990 with the first US performance at Plymouth Congregational Church in Minneapolis the same year. His Miss Brevis and Artizarra are available through Schott Mainz. His Ain Karim, Fantaisie pour flute et orgue (published by Schott), dedicated to Karel Paukert and Michel Debost, was premiered at the Cleveland Museum of Art in 1995. In 1999 he was warded the Prix Florent Schmitt by the Institut de France, Academie des Beaux-Arts for his compositions. He was honored in January 1999 with a concert dedicated entirely to his compositions at the Church of the Madeleine in Paris . Roth is also renowned for his improvisations, which are regularly included on his concert programs.
Daniel Roth has numerous recordings to his credit from companies of Erato, Philips, Arion, Pathe-Marconi, EMI, Wergo, Motette-Ursina and Priory. He has won several "Diapason d'Or" from the French magazine Diapason.