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Francois Lazarevitch

Francois Lazarevitch

Francois Lazarevitch plays early and traditional flutes and bagpipes. He is the founder and director of the Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien.

A soloist recognised for the expressiveness of his playing as a flautist and piper, François Lazarevitch trained with eminent masters of early music : Daniel Brebbia, Philippe Allain-Dupré, Barthold Kuijken, Pierre Séchet, Jean-Christophe Maillard and Pierre Boragno. He also studied at the conservatoires of Paris (CNR, CNSM), Brussels, Versailles and Toulouse. His meeting with Antoine Geoffroy-Dechaume, one of the pioneers of the early-music revival, was particularly important in his quest for natural phrasing.

Meanwhile, in contact with traditional musicians and dancers, François Lazarevitch worked on and immersed himself in other playing styles (Irish flute, bagpipes of Central France) and tested their subtle relationships with the interpretative principles of early music, in order to go beyond what is written and infuse the music with life and energy. Thus he has developed a unique instrumental and stylistic practice, honing his skills in contemporary music and those now attached to traditional music, particularly ornamentation and playing for the dance.

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