Jeanne-Marie Darré

Jeanne-Marie Darré : Liszt - Transcendental Etude no. 5, "Feux Follets" - pianist Jeanne-Marie Darré

Jeanne-Marie Darré (1905 -- 1999-01-26) was a French classical pianist. She was known for her lyrical and elegant interpretations of the solo works of Chopin and Liszt, and of the Saint-Saens Concertos. She was awarded the Légion d'honneur and made a Chevalier des Arts et Lettres.

Darré was born in Givet, France, in 1905. She studied at the Paris Conservatoire with Isidor Philipp and Marguerite Long, and worked with Faure, Saint-Saens and Ravel among others. She made her debut at the age of 14 and her first recordings at 16. When she was 21, she played all five of the Saint-Saens Piano Concertos in a single concert with the Concerts Lamoureux orchestra, conducted by Paul Paray. She at first pursued her career in Europe, only performing in the United States for the first time in February 1962 at the Carnegie Hall with Charles Münch and the Boston Symphony Orchestra and returning regularly until she retired from concert performance in the 1980s. She was a professor at the Paris Conservatoire between 1958 to 1975, was awarded the Légion d'honneur and had been made a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres. She died on 1999-01-26 in Port Marly, France.