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Geneviève Joy (4 October 1919 — 27 November 2009)[1][2] was a French classical and modernist pianist who, at the end of World War II in 1945, formed a critically acclaimed duo-piano partnership with Jacqueline Robin which lasted for forty-five years, until 1990. The composer Henri Dutilleux, whom she married in 1946, dedicated his Piano Sonata to her, which she recorded for Erato Records in 1988.

Geneviève Joy
Born(1919-10-04)4 October 1919
Died27 November 2009(2009-11-27) (aged 90)

A native of the small commune of Bernaville in the Somme department in Northern France region of Picardy,[3] She was the daughter of Lina Breton from Bernaville and her Irish husband Charles Joy who served with the British Army during World War I.[4] Geneviève Joy was a piano child prodigy who was accepted to the world-renowned Conservatoire de Paris in 1932 at the age of 12.

She died in her sleep at a Paris hospital eight weeks after her 90th birthday[1] from cancer, and was subsequently buried in Montparnasse Cemetery.[5] Her husband, Henri, was buried in the same grave in 2013.


  1. ^ a b Agence France-Presse (28 November 2009). "La pianiste française Geneviève Joy décède à l'âge de 90 ans" (in French). Le Point. Retrieved 28 November 2009.
  2. ^ Agence France-Presse (28 November 2009). "Mort de la pianiste Geneviève Joy" (in French). Le Figaro. Retrieved 28 November 2009.
  3. ^ "Les éphémérides / 4 October 1936" (in French). Radio France. Archived from the original on 7 June 2011. Retrieved 2009-11-28.
  4. ^ "Geneviève Joy/ 15 December 2009". London: Daily Telegraph. 15 December 2009. Retrieved 15 December 2009.
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