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The Conductor Jean-Jacques Justrafé
Jean-Jacques Justafre received the first prize unanimously at the « Conservatoire national Superieur de Musique de Paris » for French horn, when he was sixteen years old. He was also the winner of the Munich competition and obtained the chamber Music 1st award in Salzburg Austria. His soloist horn career He is currently horn solo of the Radio France Philharmonic orchestra. Jean-Jacques Justafre plays music all over the world : - concerts in France, where he plays as a soloist invited by conductors such as Emmanuel Krivine, Theodore Gushlbauer, Alain Lombard, Marek Janowski, Leoonard Bernstein, Sir Georg Solti, Pierre Boulez, Karl Böhm, Seiji Ozawa, Esa-pekka Salonen, and also in Europe, Japan, China, United-States, Canada, … He takes part in concerts of chamber music , at the request of some great musicians such as Pierre Amoyal, François Rene Duchâble, Michel Beroff, Regis Pasquier, Jean-François Heisser, valentin Erben, Sviatoslav Richter etc. He created Michael Levinas’s composition : "Appels". His conductor career During his career, Jean-jacques Justafre conducted several orchestras, from small orchestras to symphonic ones. He also set up and still manages several jazz groups : JUSTA 5 and JUSTA 7. In 2005, Paul Mauriat asked him to conduct his orchestra : "The grand Orchestre Paul Mauriat" during a tour in Asia, Japan and Korea. Unfortunately, in 2006, Paul Mauriat died. The orchestra and Jean-Jacques wanted to make a last tribute to Paul Mauriat. With the authorization of Irene Mauriat, he did a last tour in Japan and Korea. After that, Irene Mauriat decided that the" Grand Orchestre Paul Mauriat "could not exist any more, and suggested to Jean-Jacques to rename the orchestra under his name « Grand Orchestre Jean-jacques Justafre » He was also invited to conduct the following operas : « La Traviata » by Verdi (2009) and « Faust » by Gounod ( 2010) and the critics and the public were very enthusiastic. In 2010, he was asked to take the musical direction of « The Singer of Mexico » by Francis Lopez. Jazz Also fascinated by jazz, Jean-Jacques Justafre received, in 1990, a « Victoires de la Musique » ( French Music Awards ) in the category « Best record of contemporary music » for the creation of « Chorus and Interludes for horn » , for jazz quartet and orchestra of Marius Constant, ( Editions Erato). Jean-Jacques Justafre also played in concerts with Michel Legrand, François Jeanneau, Chet Baker… In 1992 he created the brass quintet « Just’A5 ». In 2006, he also created « JustA7 Band », an original and new jazz band ( 4 horns, 1 trumpet / Flugelhorn, 1 guitar, 1 double bass and drums; first CD in 2009). Jean-Jacques Justafre played in concerts with : Ron Carter, Phil Woods, Martial Solal, Chet Baker, Oscar Peterson, and Milt Jackson. He collaborated with Don Costa (The arranger of Sinatra), Franck Zappa in Los Angeles, and Jerry lewis. He worked with jazz musicians such as : François Jeanneau, Daniel Hummair, Denis Leloup, Carine Bonnefoy, Claude Egea, Jean-François Jenny-Clark, Michel Benita, François Mechali, André Villeger, Patrice Caratini, Marc Ducret, André Cecarelli, Ron Carter, Dizzy Gillespie, N'Guyen Lee … His other artistic activities Jean-jacques Justafre is regularly invited to Japan, China, Korea, Hong-Kong, USA, Canada and Latin America. He gives numerous Master Classes and takes part in several Summer Academies. Jean-Jacques Justafre also worked with composers such as : Michel Legrand, François Raubert, Francis Lai, Paul Mauriat (since 1971), Ivan Julien, Christian Gaubert, Jean Musy, Michel Colombier, Georges Delerue , William Sheller, Jean-Claude Petit, lalo Shiffrin, John Barry, Ennio Morricone, Miklos Rosza, Franck Zappa, John Scott, Vladimir Cosma, François Robert, Jean-Michel Defaye, Quincy Jones, Alexandre Desplat etc… On stage, in TV studio sets, or during studio recordings, Jean-Jacques Justafre played with numerous artists such as : Henri Salvador, Joe Dassin, Mireille Mathieu, Charles Aznavour, Johnny Halliday, Michel Leeb, Juliette Greco, Michel Polnareff, Jerry Lewis, Jacques Brel.

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