French 106-year-old pianist to release sixth album

PARIS – Colette Maze says she started taking part in the piano when she was 4 years previous to discover in music the heat absent in her strict upbringing.

Immediately, on the age of 106, her taking part in nonetheless exudes nice tenderness and sitting on the piano – one in every of 4 in her Paris residence – her agile fingers appear to barely contact the keys as she sways to the sounds of Schumann, Debussy and Chopin.

“It’s my meals, my meals for the spirit and for the center”, Maze, a small, vivacious girl, advised Reuters.

Born in 1914 right into a center class household, she was homeschooled by her strict mom whereas her father managed a fertilizer plant.

She then went on to examine on the Paris Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris, a conservatoire within the sixteenth arrondissement, earlier than embarking on an extended profession as an accompanist at music faculties within the capital.

Parisian pianist Colette Maze, 106 years old, poses at her home in Paris, France, February 4, 2021.
Parisian pianist Colette Maze, 106 years previous, poses at her residence in Paris, France, February 4, 2021.

Maze, credit yoga and finger gymnastics for protecting her nimble. If she stops taking part in she would wish to feed her creativeness by some means. “However I want one thing touchable. You want to style sweet, and my fingers want to really feel the keys, to really feel this,” as her toes attain for the pedals and he or she begins to play as soon as extra.

Maze has simply recorded her sixth album – a 3 quantity recording of works by Debussy, slated to be launched in April. Final yr, she recorded items by Debussy and one other main French composer, Erik Satie.

Her solely son Fabrice Maze, born in 1949, says his mom is an inspiration for others, particularly through the instances of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“On one hand she helps morale. That at 106 you may be on good kind if in case you have ardour and takes care of your self — that’s excellent news,” he says.

“After which her sense of humour, her pleasure, her love of life, it makes you smile.”