CAROLYN SHUSTER FOURNIER
Organist and Musicologist
A French-American organist and musicologist, Carolyn Shuster Fournier studied the piano and the violin before specializing in the organ under the direction of Dr. Gary Zwicky. Gladys Christensen, Wolfgang Rübsam, Yuko Hayashi and Mireille Lagacé (harpsichord) were also her professors. After obtaining a Bachelor of Music at Wheaton College with honors and a Master's degree at New England Conservatory in Boston. she continued her studies in Paris with Marie-Claire Alain, Michel Chapuis, André Isoir and Jean Saint-Arroman. She has also participated in the summer academies of Bernard Lagacé, Luigi Ferdinando Tagliavini and Francis Chapelet and taken private courses with André Fleury. She has also studied improvisation with Thierry Escaich, Pierre Pincemaille and André Isoir. She received a Médaille d'Or and a Prix d'Excellence in Organ at the Conservatory in Rueil-Malmaison and a First Prize in Organ at the Conservatory in Boulogn-Billancourt.
Organist at the American Cathedral in Paris, in 1989, she was named titular of the Aristide Cavaillé-Coll choir organ at La Trinité Church where she founded their weekly Thursday noontime concert series.
An international concert artist, she has performed in prestigious internationa festivals and on historic organs in Europe and in the United States... Her large repertory from more than four centuries enables her to valorize each organ. She has collaborated with composers such as Thierry Blondeau, Jacques Castérède, Jacques Chailley, Jacques Charpentier, Jean-Pierre Griveau, Hervé Lacombe, Jacques Lenot, Sébastien Maigne, Jean-Dominique Pasquet, Jacques Pichard and Daniel Pinkham.
Her CDs, Alexis Chauvet on the F.-H. Clicquot/A. Cavaillé-Coll grand orgue at the Versailles Cathedral (EMA, Distribution Socadisc, 1997), Elegie, In Memoriam Marce Dupré (1886-1972) on the A. Cavaillé-Coll in Mainz and the Meriklin-Schutz in the Eglise réformée du Saint-Esprit in Paris (Schott, 2001), An American in Paris on the grandes orgues at the Madeleine Church in Paris (Ligia Digital, Distribution Harmonia Mundi, 2004) and In Memoriam Nadia Boulanger (1887-1979) on the grandes orgues A. Cavaillé-Coll at the St.-Antoine-des-Quinze-Vingts Church in Paris, with the participation of the soprano Magali Léger (Ligia Digital, Distribution Harmonia Mundi, 2010), have been acclaimed by critics on both sides of the Atlantic.
Alain Duault has invited her to his television program on France 3 "All of the music they love" /"Toute la musique qu'ils aiment"./
In 2007, the French Cultural Minister awarded her the distinction of Chevalier in the Order of Arts and Letters.
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