I am all fingers and thumbs ! ! "
An excellent technician, although she
denied it, she was above all a musical genius, covered in prizes:
International Grand Prix from the Académie Charles Cros
in 1963, Grand Prix National du Disque Français, a golden
disc in Japon with Jean-Pierre Rampal in 1966, Grand Prix du
Film Musical for "la Leçon de Musique" in 1979,
and Officier de la Légion d Honneur, Grand Croix de l'Ordre
du Mérite, Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres. Yet, Lily
Laskine retained that wonderful virtue of the great of this
" My pupils were very sweet "
Although she taught at the Conservatoire from
1948 to 1958, Lily Laskine in fact gave lessons for much longer than
that, since her first lesson was given to an older student than herself
in 1909, shortly after she won her first prize from the Conservatoire.
Before her appointment, she was unofficially sent discouraged students.
She took them under her wing for a while and communicated her common
sense, her joie de vivre, her good humour, and also her courage. Lily
Laskine was not a tough teacher, but she was very attentive and respectful
of her students she was all the more loved and listened to. She sought
their personal fulfilment above all. In her ten years at the Conservatoire,
her students won fifteen first prizes ! "
class at the Conservatoire National de Musique, rue de Madrid, in
Fournier-Huguet at the harp)
" Why are they all so nice to me? Why do they like
me so much ? "
All those who had the good fortune to
know Lily Laskine agree on one point: she was not only an exceptional
musician, she was also an exceptional, luminous woman, of great
kindness, geneerous, loyal and infinitely respectful of all
those she met. She knew how to listen, sympathise and encourage.
Her simplicity, vitality and good humour made her loved by all.
She always had a tender, positive view of life and others. She
was surrounded and adored because, as she said, "Basically,
I love people more than music "