Marie-Claire Alain

Marie-Claire AlainBorn into a family of musicians who were both organists and composers, Marie-Claire Alain has devoted her entire life in the service of music and the organ in memory of her family, her father Albert Alain, the founder of the dynasty and her brothers Jehan et Olivier. Since the 1960s, she has successfully completed the publication of their entire works, which she plays, records and teaches in every continent.

Marie-Claire Alain with Jean Langlais

Her career as a concert artist very early revealed a performer who is considered in America as “the First Lady of the Organ”. She has given more than 2500 recitals all over the world, and holds the record for the largest number of records sold, with three and a half complete recordings of all of Bach’s works, and all the great classical and symphonic organ works from Grigny to Messiaen including Mendelssohn, Franck, Widor and, of course, Albert et Jehan Alain.

An exacting interpreter, seeking authenticity, she has been feted and honoured everywhere, collecting awards (among others she is a Commander of the L├ęgion d’Honneur) and honorary doctorates from numerous universities throughout the world.

Always in quest of the absolute and of beauty, she has trained generations of pupils. She was herself a pupil of Jean Langlais, who taught her the art of improvisation, and a shared affection united them throughout their lives.