Jeanne Demessieux

Jeanne Demessieux

Born Feb 13, 1921

Jeanne Marie-Madeleine Demessieux, was a French organist, pianist, composer, and pedagogue.

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1921 Birth Born in 1921.
1928 7 Years Old Born in Montpellier, in southern France, Jeanne Demessieux was the second child of Marie-Madeleine Demessieux (née Mézy) and Étienne Demessieux. After taking private piano lessons with her elder sister, Yolande, Jeanne entered the Montpellier Conservatoire in 1928. … Read More


1933 12 Years Old In 1933, she began her studies at the Paris Conservatoire; studying piano with Simon Riera and Magda Tagliaferro, harmony with Jean Gallon, counterpoint and fugue with Noël Gallon, and composition with one of Franck's youngest pupils, Henri Büsser. … Read More


1941 20 Years Old After receiving a first prize in organ performance and improvisation in 1941, Demessieux studied five more years privately with Dupré in Meudon, before she played her début recital at Salle Pleyel in Paris in 1946. … Read More


1960 39 Years Old A prolific recording artist, she received in 1960 France's Grand Prix du Disque Award for her Franck intégrale, committed to disc two years before.


1962 41 Years Old In 1962, Demessieux was appointed titular organist at La Madeleine in Paris. … Read More
1965 44 Years Old Increasingly poor health obliged her to limit her performance activities after 1965.
1967 46 Years Old Nevertheless, in 1967 she signed a contract with the Decca label for a complete recording of every organ piece Messiaen had thus far written. … Read More
1968 47 Years Old She died in Paris on 11 November 1968 from the effects of throat cancer. … Read More
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