Philippe Lefebvre is today considered one of the foremost representatives of the French organ tradition. He was born in Northern France and first came into contact with the organ at Notre Dame in Paris at the age of sixteen. At nineteen he was appointed organist of the Cathedral at Arras and a few months later he gave his first concert at Notre Dame in Paris. He has won many prizes, including the first prize for improvisation at the Lyons International Competition in 1972 and the Grand Prix for improvisation at the Chartres International Competition. In 1976 he was appointed organist of Chartres Cathedral and a member of the committee of the International Organ Competition there. In 1985 he was appointed organist of Notre Dame in Paris.
His career as a recitalist and soloist with orchestra has taken him to major festivals throughout the world. Philippe Lefebvre combines his performing career with that of an administrator, and since 1980 he has been Director of the Conservatoire in Lille. Under his leadership it has become one of the leading conservatories in France, with over 1,500 students.