Edith Lejet

Born 1941, Paris, France. Composer and Specialist in Twentieth Century Music. She is Emeritus Professor, Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris (Cité de la Musique) and ssor of Composition, Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris Alfred Cortot At the Conservatoire, she studied Composition with Jean Rivier and André Jolivet, whose classes were frequently augmented by the outstanding teaching of Henri Dutilleux. She was a Trainee with the Groupe de Recherche Musicale of Radio-France (GRM), 1966 Concurrent with, but outside her studies at CNSMDP, she participated as a trainee in introductory courses to electro-acoustic music organized in 1966 by the group under the guidance of François Bayle. As an undergraduate, she was awarded a scholarship by the French Foreign Ministry to two summer courses in composition with composer Virgilio Mortari. She won The “Grand Prix de Rome de Composition » and is a Fellowship holder of Artistic Section of « Casa de Velazquez » in Madrid, 1968-1970, where she attended concerts and conferences organized by the Alea Group, and had contacts with Luis de Pablo and Cristobal Halffter. Lejet has composed numerous works which were published by Amphion, Lemoine, Billaudot, Transatlantiques, Eschig. These have been performed by orchestras or instrumental groups such as the New Philarmonic Orchestra of Radio-France, Ars Nova, 2e 2m, Musique Vivante, in festivals such as Royan, the Festival of Nordic Music in Oslo etc. , and in concert series such as les Mardis de Radio-France, les Concerts-Lectures de France-Musique, Espace Contemporain etc. In addition, her compositions were broadcast on foreign radio stations in Japan, Canada, Israel, the Netherlands, Belgium, Norway, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal, and Yugoslavia, to name a few. Six of her works for instrumental groups have been recorded on a CD released in November 2004 (Mandala, distributed by Harmonia Mundi).