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Colette Maze, France’s Oldest Pianist, Died at the Age of 109

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LongeviQuest is saddened to share that French pianist Colette Maze passed away at 109 years old. She released her seventh album in 2023, making her the oldest recording pianists in the world.

Colette Maze was born on 16 June 1914 in Paris, France.  

She started playing the piano at the age of 5 and learned most of it in the comfort of their home until she was a teenager. When she was 15 years old, she formally studied the instrument at École Normale de Musique. In relation to her talent for playing the piano, she received a Pleyel piano as a gift for her 18th birthday which she kept for the rest of her life.

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She started recording at the age of 90 after her son urged her to preserve the works of her teacher, Alfred Cortot. Until 2023, Colette was able to release seven recording albums.  

Colette Maze passed away on 19 November 2023 at her home in Paris.  

LongeviQuest sends our deepest condolences to the bereaved family and friends of Colette Maze.   

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