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Sophie-Véronique Cauchefer-Choplin

Sophie-Véronique Cauchefer-Choplin comes from a family of musicians who taught her piano from an early age. After studying music (piano, organ and harmony) at the National School of Music of Mans crowned by the price of the Ministry of Culture in 1980, she entered the National Conservatory of Music of Paris in the class of Rolande Falcinelli where she obtains a First Prize of organ and a First Prize of improvisation as well as the prices of harmony, fugue and counterpoint (classes of Jean Lemaire, Michel Merlet and Jean-Claude Henry).

Holder of the Grand-Orgue of Saint-Jean-Baptiste de la Salle in Paris between 1983 and 2013, she is assistant titular of the Grand-Orgue of Saint Sulpice in Paris with Daniel Roth since 1985. In 1990, she perfected herself with Loïc Mallié and received the second prize of improvisation (she is the only winner …) of the International Organ Competition of Chartres.

Sophie-Véronique Cauchefer-Choplin has a distinguished concert career (solo, with instrument and with orchestra) all over the world: she has traveled more than thirty countries and travels regularly to the USA. Considered by her peers as one of the best improvisers of her generation, she also performs in concerts “organ and reciting” including Marcel Maréchal, Michael Lonsdale, Pierre Arditi, Brigitte Fossey, Guillaume Marquet, Pierre-Marie Escourrou and Pauline Choplin.

His sensitivity to improvisation led him to give Master-Class both in France and abroad such as for the AGO National Convention of 2012 and 2006 as well as to animate academies (London, Biarritz, Kevlar, Stockholm, USA, etc.). She is also regularly invited on juries for national and international competitions (AGO Chicago 2006, International Competition Chartres 2008, Competition Karl Nielsen Odense 2011, AGO Nashville 2012, Longwood Gardens 2013, Miami 2014, Quebec 2014, Dublin 2014, Chartres 2016, Odense 2017, Saint Albans 2017, etc.). She was appointed Organ Professor in Performance and Improvisation at the Royal College of Music in London in 2008. She has also been guest professor at Yale University – New Haven USA (Nov 2010). She performed in September 2017 as part of the concert cycle at Saint-Sulpice Church where she improvised, for the first time in this place, a silent film (The Passion of Joan of Arc C. Th. Dreyer). She will renew this experience in France and Denmark during this year. She is more and more fond of performing with actors as well: she will soon be working with comedian François Eric Gendron.

His recordings, which include works from Bach to contemporary composers and improvisations, have received praise from the trade press. His last recording (Mendelssohn, Bédard) was rewarded with 5 tuning forks (Diapason, June 2008).



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