Madame Alain was born in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, near Paris. She studied in the Paris Conservatory, in the organ classes of Marcel Dupré. She was awarded four first prizes.
She has recorded the complete works of J.S. Bach three separate times, and has also recorded the complete works of over a dozen other major composers for the organ, as well as many individual important works. In fact, she is the most-recorded organist ever, and her records and CDs have achieved numerous accolades. She continues to have an active, international recital career to this day. She is one of the most influential teachers of the organ of all time.
She has a long association with the St Albans International Organ Festival.
Her father, Albert Alain (1880-1971), who studied with Alexandre Guilmant and Louis Vierne, was an organist and composer.
Her brother, Jehan Alain (February 3, 1911 - June 20, 1940) was a composer.
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