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Loriod, Yvonne (1924–2001)

Loriod, Yvonne (1924–2001)

French pianist and Ondes Martenot player, known for performing Messiaen's works. Born in Houilles, Seine-et-Oise, France, on January 20, 1924; died at Juan-les-Pins, France, on August 3, 2001; married her teacher Olivier Messiaen (1908–1992).

Born in 1924 in Houilles, Seine-et-Oise, France, Yvonne Loriod was a student of Lazare-Lévy and Marcel Ciampi at the Paris Conservatoire. She married another one of her teachers, Olivier Messiaen, and was closely associated with his music, which she played with virtuosity and understanding. The solo piano part of Messiaen's Turangalila symphony was written with Loriod in mind, and she presented the work with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at its world premiere performance in December 1949. She also performed on the Ondes Martenot, an electrical keyboard named after its inventor which produces only one note at a time.

John Haag , Athens, Georgia

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