Carolyn Shuster Fournier, organ
A French-American organist and musicologist, Carolyn Shuster Fournier was born in Columbia, Missouri. She studied the piano and the violin before specializing in the organ at the age of thirteen. After obtaining degrees from Wheaton College (Illinois) et New England Conservatory in Boston, she continued her studies in Paris with Marie-Claire Alain, André Isoir and Michel Chapuis and with the musicologists Danièle Pistone et François Lesure. Her doctoral thesis on Aristide Cavaillé-Coll’s secular organs was published in the review L’Orgue.
Formerly organist at the American Cathedral in Paris, in 1989, she was named titular of the 1867 Aristide Cavaillé-Coll choir organ at the Trinité Church where she founded their weekly Thursday noontime concert series.
An international concert organist, she has performed in Europe and the United States. She has premiered numerous contemporary works, collaborating with composers such as Jacques Castérède, Jacques Charpentier and Jacques Lenot. Her recordings have been acclaimed by critics. She has appeared in radio and television programs in France and abroad.
Carolyn Shuster Fournier is Chevalier in the Order of Arts and Letters.