Didier Lockwood

Didier Lockwood ( born February 11, 1956 in Calais ) is a major French jazz violinist and composer. Stéphane Grappelli and Jean -Luc Ponty praised his skills in 1979 symbolically when she presented him with the violin, the Michel Warlop and this in turn had passed on to Jean -Luc Ponty on Grappelli - a kind of Iffland Ring jazz violinist.


Lockwood comes from a musical family; his brother is a pianist. His father, a violin professor at the Conservatory of Calais, early gave him his passion for the violin. After an initially 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 joined with 17 years of the rock group Magma, which he served until 1978. At 21, he was discovered by Stéphane Grappelli and oriented increasingly to jazz. Through concerts at the Montreux Jazz Festival (1975 and 1978 ), in Castellet (1976 ), in Antibes and at the Donaueschingen Music Festival (1978), became known to a wider public appearances with his own rock group Surya and with jazz musicians like Grappelli, he succeeded In the late 1970s the international break. For the rhythm section of his debut album in 1979, he was able to undertake a star-studded. In the same year he was with Wolfgang Dauner a memorial concert for Zbigniew Seifert, whose playing influenced him greatly. In the 1980s, he toured worldwide at major festivals, including Jazz Yatra 1980 Bombay or the Newport Jazz Festival. With Philip Catherine and Christian Escoudé he played a 1983 trio album, with Martial Solal 1993, a duo album. As early as 1985 he went for a few years after New York City, for a second time in 1994.

He has published over 30 albums and given over 3000 concerts. In recent years he has been active as a composer: a violin concerto Les Mouettes, a jazz opera Journal d'un usager de l'Espace II, a piano concerto, another Maxim Vengerov Violin Concerto, an opera Libertad.

He played together with famous jazz musicians such as Dave Brubeck, Billy Cobham, Stéphane Grappelli, Miles Davis, Michel Petrucciani, Herbie Hancock, Mike Stern and others.

Awards and Prizes (selection )

  • Prix ​​SACEM
  • Victoires de la Musique
  • Golden Record
  • Blue Note Award
  • Diapason d'or
  • Knight of the French Legion of Honour ( 2003).

Disco Graphical Notes

  • New World ( with Gordon Beck, Niels -Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Tony Williams, 1979)
  • Fasten Seat Belts ( 1981)
  • The Didier Lockwood Group ( 1985)
  • Round About Silence ( 1998)
  • Tribute to Stéphane Grappelli (2000)

Lexical entries

  • Wolf Kampmann Reclams Jazz Encyclopedia Stuttgart 2003; ISBN 3-15-010528-5
  • Martin Kunzler Jazz Encyclopedia Vol 1 Reinbek 2002; Also released as special edition of the Digital Library, Direct Media Publishing Berlin 2005: ISBN 3-89853-018-3