French composer and music educator, Édith Lejet was born in Paris on July 19th 1941. She studied at the Paris Conservatory with Marcel Beaufils, Henri Challan, Marcel Bitsch, Jean Rivier and Andre Jolivet. From 1968 to 1970 she lived at the Casa Velasquez in Madrid and in 1970 began teaching harmony at the Sorbonne until 1972, before she became a professor at the National Conservatory of Music and Dance in Paris. She was appointed as professor of composition at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris in 2004. Over the course of her career she has won numerous awards, including the Second Grand Prix de Rome in 1968, Prize Herve Dugardin from the SACEM in Paris and the William and Nomma Copley Foundation Award in Chicago.