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- Featured Artist - Micheline Laudun
Laudun Denis has performed throughout Europe, Africa, The
United States and the Americas, has nourished a lifetime
commitment to enriching the cultural community at home and
abroad. She devotes herself to musical education and regularly
performs chamber music recitals and as a soloist with orchestras.
Although she has performed in the finest of music hall before
such elite audiences as the Organization of American states,
Denis is just as comfortable perfroming at charity festivals
that benefit her audiences musically and the causes she
Denis has had the fortune to learn and perfect her craft
under the guidance of many highly accomplished masters.
When she was 13, she studied under Basil Codolban, a Jewish
reufgee who came to Haiti during World Was II. At 16, the
U.S. government offered Denis a scholarship to study in
America. She attended the New York College of Music for
a year and a half, then returned to Haiti to give her first
formal recital at the age of 18. Soon after she played at
the presidential palace to then Haitian President Dumarsais.
Denis then spent 6 years, beginning in 1949 in France at
the Conservatoire National de Musique de Paris and the Ecole
de Haut Perfoectionnement Musical, under the musical direction
of Marguerite Long and Jacques Thibaut. Her country called
her home in 1954, asking her to perform in a celebration
marking Haiti's 150th year of independence. Also performing
was the African-American opera star Marian Anderson.
Denis returned to Paris but a year later, in 1955 she decided
to re-establish herself in Haiti. She came home, married,
and embarked upon a career in teaching, which she continues
to enjoy. Working with children inspired Denis to write
an instruction book, "The Musical Garden," which
demonstrates a teaching method that uses stories, signs
and cartoons instead of musical notes. In Haiti, she opened
a music store where she sold records, radions and equipment.
Though she devoted herself to home and her six children
(two of whom were her sister Monique Laudun's children),
Denis still peforms professionally, travelling throughout
Europe and the Americas. She played in 1973 Washington D.C.
in a concert for the Organization of American States and
in 1978 for the president of Senegal in West Africa.
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