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Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien / Flutes, bagpipes, artistic direction

François Lazarevitch

He plays early and traditional flutes and bagpipes. He is the founder and director of the Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien, with whom he performs in France and abroad, as well as making recordings - the last one received the coveted Diapason d'Or and Choc de Classica.

A virtuoso flautist and piper, founder and artistic director of Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien, François Lazarevitch is a musician with a very personal sensibility and sense of phrasing that are immediately recognisable.

Contact with eminent masters of early music, Daniel Brebbia, Philippe Allain-Dupré, Barthold Kuijken and Pierre Séchet, but also his encounter at the age of sixteen with one of the great pioneers of the early-music revival, Antoine Geoffroy-Dechaume, played an important part in shaping his style. Thus François Lazarevitch developed a unique instrumental and stylistic practice, mastering the skills set forth in countless early treatises and those now attached to music of oral tradition, particularly ornamentation and playing for the dance.

In order to share this experience, François Lazarevitch formed in 2005 the early music ensemble Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien, with which he appears at major festivals and venues in France and abroad.

With Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien, François Lazarevitch has made eight critically acclaimed recordings for the Alpha label. The latest one, devoted to the J. S. Bach Flute Sonatas, received the highest rating from the French music magazine Classica: « This version gœs straight to the top of the best recordings list » (May 2014).

François Lazarevitch sometimes takes part in projects with other orchestras and ensembles, such as Les Arts Florissants (William Christie), Les Talens Lyriques (Christophe Rousset), Ensemble 1700 (Dorothee Oberlinger) and Micrologus (Patrizia Bovi); he also participates in completely new works (Gérard Pesson, Annette Messager, Vincent Bouchot).

François Lazarevitch studied at the conservatoires of Paris (Conservatoire National de Région, Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique), Brussels, Versailles and Toulouse. He is also a fully qualified teacher of both early and traditional music. He teaches the Baroque flute and court musette (bagpipe) at the Versailles Conservatoire (Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional).

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