Marie-Louise Langlais

Marie-Louise LanglaisMarie-Louise Jaquet-Langlais was born in Casablanca in 1943. After graduating with a law degree from the University of Strasbourg, she studied organ with Jean Langlais at the Schola Cantorum in Paris, where in 1969 she gained the diploma for virtuosity and improvisation. At the same time she completed a master’s degree in musicology at the Institute of Musicology in Paris.

She became organist at the Temple Saint Jean de Mulhouse and then assistant to Jean Langlais at Sainte Clotilde in Paris.

Marie-Louise married Jean Langlais in 1979. She has since devoted herself to teaching organ and she has taught at the National Conservatoire of the Region of Marseille, the Schola Cantorum and the National Conservatoire in Paris, where she is currently professor of organ.

She is an expert in the Sainte Clotilde School (Franck, Tournemire and Langlais) and, in 1995, she published a book devoted to Jean Langlais, Ombre et Lumière, (Editions Combre) for which she was awarded a special prize from the French Institute in 1999.

Marie-Louise Langlais with Jean LanglaisMarie-Louise is frequently invited to be a member of the juries of international organ competitions, and she has made numerous recordings of Langlais’ music.