French-born flutist Jean-François Lagrost studied concert flute in Mulhouse and Paris with Isabelle Froesch-Papirer, Daniel Morlier, Geneviève Amar, Vicens Prats and Michel Rousseau. Laureate of many French and international prizes, he is now teaching in Asnières and Le Kremlin-Bicêtre conservatoires near Paris. |
Along with his instrumental curriculum, he studied musicology in Paris-Sorbonne University, where he achieved a DEA in 20th century music headed by Marc Battier.
He began shakuhachi in 2000 with Tozan School Grand Master Sōzan Kariya, from whom he obtained seven years later the title of shihan (master). He has improved since 2007 with Véronique Piron in the style of Katsuya Yokoyama and Kinko notation.
Jean-François Lagrost is a regular guest in European shakuhachi festivals. His duet with koto player Mieko Miyazaki meets great success in France and abroad. He founded and has since managed the world's main forum for shakuhachi in 2011 (www.shakuhachiforum.eu).
As a recognized flutist, he regularly performs with Paris Flute Ensemble (principal flute), Aurelis Quartet, Tango Sud ensemble and with the pianist Yun-Yang Lee. Since 2008 he has been invited to a series of masterclasses and concerts in Taiwan.