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Larrard, François de


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:

His composition catalogue can be seen here: ... logue.html

You can also listen his past jazz quintet Rose Vocat:

Francois de Larrard can be contacted at: followed by


  1. Improvisations
  2. Diurnes pour clavecin
  3. Valses
  4. Variations
Jan 15, 2016
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