Didier Lockwood

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Didier Lockwood (born February 11, 1956 in Calais ; † February 18, 2018 in Paris ) was a French jazz violinist and composer . Stéphane Grappelli and Jean-Luc Ponty symbolically acknowledged his skills as early as 1979 when they presented him with the violin that Michel Warlop had passed on to Grappelli and Jean-Luc Ponty in turn - a kind of Iffland ring for jazz violinists .


Lockwood came from a musical family; his brother Francis is a pianist. His father, violin professor at the Conservatory of Calais, taught him his passion for the violin at an early age . After an initial classical violin training at the Conservatory in Calais, then from the age of sixteen at the École Normale de Musique de Paris , he discovered free improvisation for himself and at the age of 17 joined the rock group Magma , to which he belonged until 1978. Then he played with Christian Vander , Benoît Widemann and Jannick Top in the band Fusion .

He was discovered by Stéphane Grappelli at the age of 21 and increasingly oriented himself towards jazz. He became known to a wider audience through concerts at the Jazz Festival Montreux (1975 and 1978), in Castellet (1976), in Antibes and at the Donaueschinger Musiktage (1978), performances with his own rock group Surya and with jazz musicians such as Grappelli The international breakthrough at the end of the 1970s. For the rhythm section of his debut album in 1979 he was able to sign a star squad. In the same year he gave a memorial concert with Wolfgang Dauner for Zbigniew Seifert , whose playing strongly influenced him. In the 1980s he made guest appearances at important festivals around the world, including 1980 Jazz Yatra Bombay and the Newport Jazz Festival . He recorded a trio album with Philip Catherine and Christian Escoudé in 1983 and a duo album with Martial Solal in 1993. In 1985 he went to New York City for a few years, a second time in 1994. He also performed with the Canadian band Uzeb . He later recorded with Dave Holland , Peter Erskine , Dave Liebman , David Kikoski , Joey DeFrancesco and Steve Gadd .

Lockwood also played with well-known jazz musicians such as Dave Brubeck , Billy Cobham , Stéphane Grappelli, Miles Davis , Michel Petrucciani , Herbie Hancock , Mike Stern and others. In 2003 he released the double album Globe-Trotter , on which he showed his stylistic versatility. Then Lockwood, who was married to the lyric soprano Caroline Casadesus and since 2015 to the coloratura singer Patricia Petibon , also turned to classical music.

Lockwood has released 35 albums and given nearly 4,500 concerts. In recent years he has been increasingly active as a composer : a violin concerto Les Mouettes , a jazz opera Journal d'un Usager de l'Espace II , a piano concerto , another violin concerto for Maxim Wengerow and the opera Libertad .

He died of a heart attack .

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Individual evidence

  1. French jazz violinist Didier Lockwood dies aged 62. In: The Citizen . February 18, 2018, accessed February 19, 2018 .
  2. Musical globetrotter (obituary, jazzecho.de)
  3. Jazz violinist Didier Lockwood is dead: "He was Monsieur 100,000 volts". In: Spiegel Online . February 19, 2018, accessed June 9, 2018 .