Jean-Marc Fessard


Jean-Marc Fessard graduated from the National Conservatory of Music in Paris, from University of Paris and won the Concours d’Interpretation Jacques Lancelot, the Paris International Competition, Illzach and Gdańsk.Jean-March Fessard has an international career both in chamber music and as a soloist accompanied by prestigious ensembles (National orchestras of Poznań, Szczecin, Katowice, Baku, Gdańsk, Chamber Orchestra of the Czech Philharmonic, Zagreb Chamber Orchestra, Polish Chamber Orchestra, National Polish Radio Orchestra, Orchestre de Chambre de Wallonie, Karlsbad Philharmonic Orchestra, Elysee, Ebene, and Wieniawski Quartets). He is involved in creating contemporary music, is a dedicatee of many works, and a member of the Ensemble Sillages, JMF is a frequent contributor to Polish radio and television, the BBC and Radio France.

JMF has recorded some 20 CD’s for labels such as Naxos, Dux, Universal, Signature Radio-France Triton, Leibovitz, Kalidisc, Clarinet Classics, Ameson and Quantum, which regularly receive excellent reviews in the specialist press.
Yvonne Loriod-Messiaen described his version of the « Quatuor pour la Fin du Temps » by Olivier Messiaen as « simply admirable ».

He has just recorded for Dux Piotr Moss as well as Alexander Tansman’s Concerto and Concertino for Naxos. As a bass clarinet specialist, he has put together in a CD ’Dedicaces’ of works dedicated to him (Quantum).Since 2004 JMF has taught at the Brussels Royal Conservatory, and has been invited to give masterclasses in Prague, St Petersburg, Gdańsk, Poznań, Lódz, Katowice and London. He is a member of the jury of the Gdańsk International Brahms Competition and the Lódz Alexander Tansman International Chamber Music Competition.JMF is the author of ’The Evolution of the Clarinet’, a work on the history of the clarinet, and director of publications for Billaudot-Paris.

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