Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien

Inspired by the intimate conviction of their founder, flautist and pioneering researcher François Lazarevitch, Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien have been evolving since 2006 as free spirits on the paths of the Baroque, matching up oral and written sources. Their shared affinities with traditional repertoires and musicians enriched their earliest projects and echœd a whole scholarly archipelago of early and Baroque music – the same inventive feeling for colours, the same energy springing from danced movement, the same pœtic sensibility. Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien awaken slumbering musical collections – but not solely – in an approach both erudite and intuitive, rooted in folk practices and filtered through a demanding, virtuosic and passionate appropriation. 

Everything in this alchemy is unique and identifies the ensemble even more than the reference to the brotherhood of violinist-dancers that gave it its name: the relief and elegance of the lines, the flexibility of the swaying phrasings, the richness of a rare early instrumentarium in which flutes and bagpipes stand out, the inner fire electrifying even the best-known works of Bach or Vivaldi, the naturalness of expression, which makes every interpretation so familiar yet so new. 

In the course of concerts in France, tours in Europe and America, – performing soon in France at Le Volcan, scène nationale du Havre, at the Salle Gaveau, at the Philharmonie de Paris, the Atelier Lyrique de Tourcoing, at the Folle journée de Varsovie, the Folle journée de Nantes, at the festivals Via Aeterna (France), Musikfestspiele Potsdam Sanssouci (Germany), Musik + (Austria), Été Moisan (Belgium), Actus Humanus (Poland), at the Bach Festival of Montréal (Canada)… – and heighteen recordings on the Alpha Classics label, Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien have reinforced a strong presence on the French and international scenes, unanimously praised by the public and specialised press alike.

Recording news – Alpha Classics Label :
Doux silence – Released on 12 April 2024
Upcoming CD release :
Mozart : flute concertos, flute and harp concerto – Scheduled for release on 23 August 2024

Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien are in residence at Le Volcan, scène nationale du Havre.
They are granted by the le French culture Ministry – Normandy DRAC, the Normandy Region and the City of Le Havre.

Le naturel de l’expression, qui rend si familière et pourtant si neuve chaque interprétation

François Lazarevitch

Direction, flutes and musette

Although his primary instrument is the flute, from the outset, François Lazarevitch has concentrated his apprenticeships, research and musical practices on the diversity of sources, oral and written, which he deems necessary for recreating the early and Baroque repertoires today. Backed, since 2006, by the companionship of his Musiciens de Saint-Julien, to whom he passes on his craving for going ever further in comprehension, his taste for the discovery of forgotten repertoires and experimental curiosity about all cultures, he takes a singular new look at a whole chapter of our musical history.

The driving force? Rhythm, this impulse born of dance and which calls more on what is felt than on what is written on paper and which must imbue all music with flexibility and in awareness. This is why his recording of Bach’s Flute Sonatas (Alpha Classics, 2014, ‘Choc’ Classica) surprises and charms with the eloquence, invention and refinement of his art of phrasing and ornamentation. 

It must be said that while François Lazarevitch tackles early music and the flute with pioneers such as Antoine Geoffroy-Dechaume, Barthold Kuijken and Pierre Séchet, he also approaches Indian music, has a passion for the Irish flute, and practices music of oral tradition with those who still perpetuate it locally. These fruitful encounters and explorations open up his own path, uncharted and demanding, which he travels, adding strings to his bow: today, he divides his time between the flute and the musette with equal virtuosity, the pastoral timbre having become emblematic of Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien. Artistic director of the ensemble, he conducts it on the French and international music scenes, recording innovative programmes for Alpha Classics, which are regularly acclaimed. He also enriches his experience through collaborations with Les Arts Florissants, Le Concert d’Astrée, Les Talens Lyriques, dancers and choreographers, stage directors and composers of today. An impassioned instrument collector and researcher, he publishes scores of unearthed repertoires.

Finally, he teaches Baroque flute and musette at the Versailles Conservatory, eager to pass on what drives him: ‘the freedom of breath in the service of listening, understanding and energy’.


Elodie Fonnard


© Nemo Perier Stefanovitch


Robert Getchell


© Jean-Baptiste Millot


Fiona McGown


© Jean-Baptiste Millot


Françoise Masset


Tim Mead


© Jean-Baptiste Millot


Nick Scott


© Philippe Delval

Enea Sorini


© Jean-Baptiste Millot


Zachary Wilder


© Shannon Langman



Eric Bellocq

Archilute, cittern

© Jean-Baptiste Millot


Lucile Boulanger

Viola da Gamba

© Alix Laveau


Marie Bournisien

Baroque harp

© Jean-Baptiste Millot

Étienne Floutier

Viola da gamba

© Jean-Baptiste Millot

David Greenberg


© Jean-Baptiste Millot


Sophie Iwamura


© Jean-Baptiste Millot

Patrick Langot


© Jean-Baptiste Millot

Serge Lazarevitch


© Jean-Baptiste Millot

Graham Mackenzie


Marie-Domitille Murez

Baroque harp

© DR

Pierre Rigopoulos


© Jean-Baptiste Millot

Nicolas Sansarlat

Rebec, oboe, bow fiddle

© Jean-Baptiste Millot

Bill Taylor

Clarsach (Irish harp)

© Jean-Baptiste Millot


Justin Taylor

Harpsichord, organ

© Jean-Baptiste Millot

Marie van Rhijn