Interview - Claire-Marie Le Guay
"Then, she talks about a project that she carried out and that she sought to emulate, as in the visual arts, guided tours in museums, but, in this case, with classical music: “It was also important to reach out to an audience that would like to have the keys to listening, that would like to understand the process of learning a work, that would like to discover the place that music holds in life because there are also many amateurs and I think that it's important to give a place to amateurs who can find the works that they play and also find some indications to work on these works themselves”.
Regarding her role as a teacher, Claire-Marie Le Guay says that “I often talk to the students and say maybe you don't agree with what I'm asking you right now, but the exercise is to be able to do it. And to be able to understand someone else's thoughts and to know how to translate them musically, technically and in pian,o terms to be able, while being different from the teacher, to achieve what you are trying to obtain, well, it is a tool in fact ”. Her words are undoubtedly very interesting, and she completes this reflection by saying that: “in music, looking for a timbre, looking for an expression, translating a phrasing, choosing a breath and integrating it into a phrase. What means will we be able to give students when they have, perhaps a little later, or perhaps immediately, very specific choices, the means to make them heard and to achieve them”."
Claire-Marie Le Guay
...is the very essence of a great teacher to allow everyone to develop.
Claire-Marie Le Guay
First prize winner at International Contest of Chamber Music of Portogruaro in Italy (1990).
Claire-Mairie Le Guay is a highly sought-after solo pianist who has performed with many prestigious conductors and orchestras, including Orchestre de Paris, the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, the New Japan Philharmonic, and the London Philharmonic Orchestra. She is a prizewinner of numerous international competitions, including the Victoires de la Musique and the Banque Populaire Foundation. Le Guay has performed recitals at many leading festivals, among them the Festival International de Piano de La Roque d’Anthéron, the MDR Musiksommer, Klavier-Festival Ruhr in Germany, and the Lockenhaus Festival in Austria. Her recordings of Liszt, Schumann, Hadyn, Mozart, and Dutilleux have all been noted and praised by the press such as the Pianiste, Choc de Classica, Diapason, Gramophone, and Mirare. Claire-Marie Le Guay attaches great importance to musical transmission, a passion that has led her to participate in ‘Au coeur d’une oeuvre’ a concert series that took place from 2014-2017 at the Salle Gaveau in Paris, as well as a series of concert-lectures entitled ‘Concerts Guidés’. Since 2012, Le Guay has collaborated with the Opéra de Dijon in presenting various pedagogical projects, and has developed an educational project for families at the Aix-en-Provence Easter Festival. In 2015, Claire-Marie Le Guay was appointed Eisenhower Fellow in recognition of her commitment to the popularization and transmission of classical music. She has been a professor at the Académie de Musique Française of the École Normale de Musique de Paris since 2002 and is the Artistic Director of the Festival international de musique de Dinard.