Edith Lejet

Composer in Residence

Edith Lejet was born in Paris in 1941. After obtaining a Bachelor of Science, she dedicated herself fully and passionately to musical studies. She was admitted to the Paris Conservatory (CNSMDP) where she was a student of André Jolivet, Henri Dutilleux, Maurice Ohana and also won five first prizes.

After being awarded the Grand Prix de Rome, and with a residency from 1968 to 1970 at the Casa de Velázquez in Madrid (Spain), she began in 1972 a long career as a pedagogue at the Paris Conservatory. After teaching Solfège (first sight reading technics), she was appointed in 1987 Professor of “écriture” in charge of a fugue class (J.S. Bach’s style). Then in 1992, she was entrusted with the creation of the class “Ecriture: Music of the twentieth century.” The purpose was, through analysis and exercises of “écriture”, to enhance the consistency of some aesthetic trends that emerged around the 1910s, exploring new ways unrelated to functional harmony; and also to focus on the evolution of these styles up to the contemporary period. She kept this position until 2005. Since 2003, she is currently Professor of Composition at the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris.

The compositions of E. Lejet, vocal as well as instrumental, are often based on a dramaturgical frame. The melodic and harmonic aspects, together with the sound colors, are privileged. Her works are published by various publishers, many being officially commissioned by Radio France or the Ministry of Culture.

The musicologist and composer Lin-Ni Liao devoted a book to “the musical thought of Edith Lejet” (2010, editions of the French Observatoire Musical, Paris-Sorbonne).

For more information please visit  www.edith-lejet.com.