The Maison Delmotte is a long family tradition of organ builders passed from father to son. In 1812, Pierre-Fidèle Delmotte (1792-1867), watchmaker as his father, and then organist, creates his own factory at Saint-Léger Hainaut Belgium. He joined for a decade with his brother. His son Théophile (1833-1909) went to work with his older brother Constantin in the Studio in Saint-Léger, from 1855 until 1871. Théophile went to Paris in 1855 to learn van Aristide Cavaillé-Coll. He started a new workshop in Tournai in 1872, along with another brother, Edouard. Upon the death of the latter in 1899, Théophile directed the company on his own and in 1903, he took his son Maurice in the company. When Théophile died in 1909, Maurice was the only manager until he was succeeded by his own 21-year-old son Georges in 1946.
Maurice Delmotte (1885-1961) showed an intense activity in the field of the electric traction and built the monumental organ of the country (110 stops) at the National Institute of broadcasting (I.N.R.) in Ixelles (Brussels) in 1940. After the unexpected death of Georges, the family tradition was continued by two of his nephews, Guy Seghers and Denys Delporte and Georges’son, Etienne Delmotte, as general manager of the company. They now build organs using all transmission systems (mechanical, electrical, pneumatic or electronic).
The work list of the Delmottes company mentions the construction of approximately 150 new organs and 100 major works and restorations.
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