French classical pianist Genevieve Joy dies at 90

29th November 2009, Comments 0 comments

French classical pianist Genevieve Joy has died at the age of 90, her husband, the composer Henri Dutilleux, said Saturday.

Paris - French classical pianist Genevieve Joy has died at the age of 90, her husband, the composer Henri Dutilleux, said Saturday.

Joy, who interpreted numerous 20th century composers including Dutilleux, died in her sleep on Friday in a Paris hospital, her husband said.

Born in 1919 in northern France's Somme region, Joy became a pupil at the Paris Conservatoire, winning prizes for her piano-playing, and returned there as a teacher.

She married Dutilleux, two years younger than herself, in 1946.

"She did a lot for contemporary music," Dutilleux told AFP, playing the works of such composers as Andre Jolivet and Pierre Boulez as well as his own.

Joy formed a long-lasting piano partnership with Jacqueline Robin, and in 1970 ten composers including Dutilleux, Jolivet and Darius Milhaud wrote duets for them to mark their 25 years together.

"She never reproached me for not writing more for the piano, and never tried to influence me on that score," Dutilleux said.

Her pupils included Michel Legrand and Philippe Cassard, who hailed her "gaiety, her artistic nature and her intuitiveness."

AFP/Expatica

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