Born in 1958, Dr. François de Larrard is a researcher in civil engineering. However, when he is not working for his laboratory (located in Lyon, eastern France), he pursues a number of activities related to his greater passion: music.
He is first of all a classical pianist. He studied piano since the age of 5, with various private professors, and has a final degree of the Ecole Nationale de Musique de Cachan (Virtuosity prize in 1987). He constantly practices and learns new piano pieces, and records some of them.
François is also a jazz pianist, fond of modern jazz and improvisation. In this field, he won a national (Concours de Jazz de la Défense, 1982) and international (Jazz Hoeilhart, 1985) prize as a soloist. He had various experiences with several groups, including, since 5 years, the Rose Vocat quintet with whom he gives regular concerts in the Nantes area.
François is also a composer, having more than 100 compositions in his catalogue, including many jazz themes but also various pieces of 'written' music for solo instruments, voice, chamber music and jazz big-bands;
François recorded a number of CD's (most of them being self-produced), including some French harpsichord music. More info can be found on his internet site: http://francoisdelarrard.chez-alice.fr
His composition catalogue can be seen here:
http://francoisdelarrard.chez-alice.fr/ ... logue.html
You can also listen his past jazz quintet Rose Vocat:
Francois de Larrard can be contacted at:
francois.de.larrard followed by @aliceadsl.fr