• © Jean-Baptiste Millot / Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien
  • © Jean-Baptiste Millot / Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien

Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien

« With superlative virtuosity, François Lazarevitch and his musicians whirl the listener away, leaving him with his head in the stars. » (Philippe Venturini, Classica)

Inspired by the intimate conviction of their founder, flautist and pioneering researcher François Lazarevitch, Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien have been evolving since 2006 as free spirits on the paths of the Baroque, matching up oral and written sources. Their shared affinities with traditional repertoires and musicians enriched their earliest projects and echœd a whole scholarly archipelago of early and Baroque music - the same inventive feeling for colours, the same energy springing from danced movement, the same pœtic sensibility. Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien awaken slumbering musical collections - but not solely - in an approach both erudite and intuitive, rooted in folk practices and filtered through a demanding, virtuosic and passionate appropriation.

Everything in this alchemy is unique and identifies the ensemble even more than the reference to the brotherhood of violinist-dancers that gave it its name: the relief and elegance of the lines, the flexibility of the swaying phrasings, the richness of a rare early instrumentarium in which flutes and bagpipes stand out, the inner fire electrifying even the best-known works of Bach or Vivaldi, the naturalness of expression, which makes every interpretation so familiar yet so new.

In the course of tours in France, Europe and America, and ten recordings on the Alpha Classics label, Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien have reinforced a strong presence on the French and international scenes, unanimously praised by the public and specialised press alike.

CD released in 2016 on Alpha Classics Label : The High Road to Kilkenny and Noël baroque.
Next in 2017 : « Telemann, Douze Fantaisies pour flûte seule » and « Vivaldi, Concertos ».

Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien are supported by the Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication - DRAC de Normandie and the Région Normandie.
La Caisse des dépôts is the sponsor of Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien.

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