Jeanne Demessieux

Jeanne Demessieux

Organist + Pianist + Composer
Born Feb 13, 1921
Died Nov 11, 1968

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 Jeanne Demessieux was born in Montpellier, in southern France. She was the second child of Marie-Madeleine Mézy and Étienne Demessieux. After taking private piano lessons with her elder sister, Yolande, Jeanne entered the Montpellier Conservatory in 1928.


1932 11 Years Old Four years later, in 1932, she obtained first prizes in solfège and piano.
1933 12 Years Old In 1933, Jeanne Demessieux was enrolled as student at the Paris Conservatory; studying piano with Simon Riera and Magda Tagliaferro, harmony with Jean Gallon, counterpoint and fugue with Noël Gallon, and composition with 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 Jeanne Demessieux made numerous recordings, including the complete organ works of César Franck, which was awarded the Grand Prix du Disque in 1960.


1962 41 Years Old In 1962, Demessieux was appointed titular organist at La Madeleine in Paris. … Read More
1967 46 Years Old In 1967, she signed a contract with the Decca label for a complete recording of Olivier Messiaen's organ works.
1968 47 Years Old 1 More Event
Owing to her untimely death in 1968 the project was never realized.
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