Claire-Marie Le Guay


Claire-Marie Le Guay is established as a leading soloist in Europe, Asia and America. Recent debuts include the Camerata Salzburg/Louis Langrée at the Mozart Week Salzburg, a Haydn recital at the Schwetzinger SWR Festspiele, the George Enescu Festival in Bucharest, and the Bamberg Symphony/Louis Langrée.

Her U.S. career started in 2000 with a tour of the Chicago Civic Orchestra on invitation and conducted by Daniel Barenboim and with concerts at Carnegie Hall and the Chicago Symphony Center. Claire-Marie Le Guay was artist-in-residence at the Théâtre de l’Athénée in Paris, which allowed her to to commission works to some of France’s leading young composers. Over several seasons she performed the highly acclaimed 4-concerts-cycle “Au cœur d’une œuvre” at Salle Gaveau in Paris.

As soloist Claire-Marie Le Guay has performed with major orchestras worldwide such as the London Philharmonic Orchestra, New Japan Philharmonic, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Orchestre Philharmonqiue du Luxembourg, Residentie Orkest The Hague, Orquesta de Valencia, Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz, Kölner Kammerorchester, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Orchestre Philharmonique de Liège, and Sao Paulo State Symphony. She has worked with conductors such as Christian Arming, Daniel Barenboim, Olari Elts, Pietari Inkinen, Emmanuel Krivine, Louis Langrée, and Michel Plasson.

Performances lead her to venues and festivals such as Salle Pleyel, Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall, Zurich’s Tonhalle, Geneva’s Victoria Hall, Luxembourg’s Philharmonic Hall, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Herkulessaal Munich, Suntory Hall, Lockenhaus, Festival de la Roque d’Anthéron, BBC Wales Festival, Klavier-Festival Ruhr, Montreux Festival, Enescu Festival and New York’s Lincoln Center.

Claire-Marie Le Guay has recorded fifteen CDs for Universal Accord including two with conductor Louis Langrée, which received outstanding international acclaim and awards, as did most of her previous recordings. With the Mandelring Quartet she has recorded Schumann’s piano quartet and quintet (Audite). Recordings for the Mirare label include “Voyage en Russie” and works of Johann Sebastian Bach. The Bach-CD was released in January 2015.

A winner of several major International Competitions (Maria Canals International Competition in Barcelona, ARD Competition in Munich), Claire-Marie Le Guay worked with such masters as Dmitri Bashkirov, Alicia de Larrocha, Claude Frank, William Grant Nabore, and Andreas Staier.

Claire-Marie Le Guay has premiered a number of new compositions, and performing contemporary works is part of her priorities. The French composer Thierry Escaich dedicated several works to her. She is a regular performer of composers like Dutilleux, Carter and Gubaidulina. As a passioned chamber music player she performs regularly with partners like Eric Le Sage, Augustin Dumay, Quatuor Ebène, the Mandelring Quartet and Gidon Kremer.

Since 2001, Claire-Marie Le Guay has been teaching piano at the CNSMDP. Claire-Marie Le Guay is Eisenhower Fellow WLP 2015.

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