Jef Le Penven (1919-1967) was born in Pontivy on November 3, 1919.
He was a composer and conductor. He directed the Orchestra of Brittany from 1940. Especially known for its adaptations of poems “Me ‘zo ganet e-kreiz ar mor” of Yann-Bêr Kalloc’h is one of the pieces which made its success.
It is today taken again by the artists of the Celtic wave like Gilles Servat or Alan Stivell.
He composed pieces of symphonic music such as the “Cantate du Bout du Monde” or the “Symphonie du Morbihan” which made his reputation as a Breton composer. Very close to the composers of his time, he participated in making the traditional background better known through his compositions. Jef Le Penven died in Douarnenez on April 30, 1967.
Jef Le Penven has dedicated his life to Brittany and its music. Everything in his work is related to it: his songs, dances, organ pieces or his symphonic music.