Biography

Joel Versavaud was born in the center of France and lives in Marseille since 2002.

bioJoel was a finalist in the Jean-Marie Londeix Competition in 1996 and recorded Christian Lauba’s 9 Etudes for saxophones (Maguelone) in 2000, which earned him the esteem of his peers the world over. This was followed by the albums Mai solo (Maguelone, 2006), Bach – un souffle continu (Skarbo, 2011), and Croquembouches (Skarbo, 2015) with the pianist Laura Caravello. Through his double activity as concert artist and teacher at the Marseilles Conservatory, he strives to develop and promote the classical saxophone. Dedicatee of some 15 solo works (Alla, Boeuf, Campo, Festou, Gauthier, Ginoux, Lauba, Moultaka, Narboni, Pattar, Rossé, Terrasi…), he has participated in over 140 first performances in small and large ensembles with over 75 different composers, in particular with the Cbarré Ensemble. He is regulary invited to play with Télémaque, Musicatreize, Ars Nova, Quatuor Béla, Marseille Opera Orchestra…

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