Jean-François Lagrost, who was born in Alsace (France), studied concert flute in Mulhouse and Paris. Armed with many prizes from French and international flute competitions, he is now teaching in Asnières and Le Kremlin-Bicêtre conservatoires near Paris. During his studies, he studied musicology and ethnomusicology in Paris-Sorbonne University, where he achieved a Masters in 20th century music. He began to play shakuhachi in 2000 with Grand Master Sôzan KARIYA. Jean-François received his Tozan-ryû Master certificate (shihan) in December 2007. He regularly performs in Japan and France with both Japanese and Western instrumentalists (Mieko Miyazaki, Ensemble de flûtes de Paris, Orchestre symphonique des Alpes…) He recently contributed to Dr François Picard’s Lexique des musiques d’Asie orientale (East Asian Music Glossary), published by You Feng.

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