Véronique Le Guen

Veronique Le Guen is organist of the church of Saint-Severin, Paris and deputy director of the Academy of Sacred Arts and Music in Sainte-Anne d’Auray, a cultural institution founded in 1999 in the heart of Brittany’s most important pilgrimage site. She is the director of studies and works within a dynamic team dedicated to this original project. She accompanies the children and youth choirs of the Maîtrise and conducts the female voice Camerata Sainte-Anne. Brittany has always been central to her life and career – born and educated in the region she was also the organist of St Germain, Rennes for more than 30 years – and she continues to undertake numerous and varied activities in favour of the organ through teaching, the liturgy, recitals, outreach, heritage and conservation projects.

As a soloist and member of different ensembles, she performs regularly in France and abroad. Since 2004, she has developed a duo repertoire with dancer and choreographer Anne Vataux.

Veronique Le Guen studied with major figures such as Pierre Froment, Susan Landale, Michel Chapuis, Olivier Latry, Huguette Dreyfus et Louis-Marie Vigne and has obtained diplomas from the conservatoires of Rennes and Rueil-Malmaison in piano, organ, chamber music and harpsichord. She graduated from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse in Paris with awards for her studies in organ playing, continuo and conducting of gregorian chant. She holds both the State Diploma and Certificat of Aptitude on the organ and has won several international competitions.

Her recordings of French organ composers Augustin Barié (2000, Calliope) et Vincent Paulet (2004, Hortus) received critical acclaim. In 2014 she released a recording of Franck’s Trois Chorals and Widor’s 4th Symphony on the Cavaillé-Coll organ of the basilica of Sainte-Anne d’Auray (first recording after restoration by Nicolas Toussaint). She took part in the recording of O amor Jesu with the Athenaïs ensemble, featuring works by Nivers on the historic Le Helloco organ of Josselin (Morbihan) as well as in the first joint recording of the Dallam-Sals organ of Crozon (Finistère).

In 2009, Veronique Le Guen was awarded the title of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres by the Minister of Culture, Christine Albanel.