The Farench pianist, Claire-Marie Le Guay, began playing piano at age 4 and entered the Paris Conservatoire at age 14, where she studied with Jacques Rouvier, Pascal Devoyon and Bruno Rigutto. Following her education in Paris, she continued her education with a variety of established teachers, including Dmitri Bashkirov, Fou Ts'ong, Claude Frank, Stanislav Ioudenitch, Alicia de Larrocha, William Grant Naboré, Andreas Staier, György Sebők, and Leon Fleisher. She was a winner of several major international competitions: First prize winner at International Contest of Chamber Music of Portogruaro in Italy (1990); Prize-winner at Maria Canals competition in Barcelona (1994); First prize winner
at ARD Competition in Munich (1994). In 1998 she was voted France's Young Musician of the Year.
Claire-Marie Le Guay is established as a major soloist in Europe, Asia and America. In 2000, Daniel Barenboim personally invited her for a tour in the USA with the Chicago Civic Orchestra, with concerts at Carnegie Hall and the Chicago Symphony Center. She has performed as a soloist with a great number of major orchestras throughout the world such as the London Philharmonic Orchestra, New Japan Philharmonic, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, Bayerischer Rundfunk Symphonieorchester, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Orchestre Philharmonqiue du Luxembourg (Emmanuel Krivine), Residentie Orkest Den Haag, Rheinland-Pfalz Philharmonie, Kölner Kammerorchester, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Orchestre Philharmonique de Liège, Sao Paulo State Symphony, with conductors like Louis Langrée, Michel Plasson, Emmanuel Krivine, Uri Segal, …. In 2009, she toured in Japan with the New Japan Philharmonic and Christian Arming.
Claire-Marie Le Guay has performed or is to perform in leading international venues such as Salle Pleyel, Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall, Zürich’s Tonhalle, Geneva’s Victoria Hall, Luxembourg’s Philharmonie, the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, the Herkulessaal, Suntory Hall, Festival de la Roque d’Anthéron, the BBC Wales Festival, the Klavier Festival Ruhr, the Montreux festival, New York’s Lincoln Center
In 2009, the artistic team of New York’s Mostly Mozart Festival was impressed by her Hadyn-Mozart CD series and invited her to perform recitals at the Lincoln Center for the Haydn year. The same year, she was invited to play Clara Schumann’s concerto at Tokyo’s Suntory Hall with the New Japan Philharmonic and immediately invited back by Christian Arming. In 2009 and 2010, she was artist in residency at Paris’ Théâtre de l’Athénée, which allows her to invite some of her favourite artists and to commission works to some of France’s leading young composers.
Claire-Marie Le Guay is attached to renewal in creation and performing contemporary works is part of her priorities. She was dedicated several works by successful French composer Thierry Escaich. She is a regular performer of Henri Dutilleux, Carter, Sofia Gubaidulina, …Her passion for chamber music has led her to play regularly with Eric Le Sage, Augustin Dumay, Quatuor Ebène, the Mandelring Quartet, Gidon Kremer, …
Claire-Marie Le Guay has recorded fifteen records for Universal Accord including two with conductor Louis Langrée, which received international acclaim and awards, as did most of her previous recordings. 2006 was the beginning of a four volume cycle dedicated to Mozart and Haydn.