Jean-Samuel Bez - Biography

           Born in Pontarlier (France), the violinist Jean Samuel Bez started playing the violin thanks to Krystina Mugica. Attracted pretty early by chamber music, he very soon became a regular of the local scenes and has been playing in various festivals such as Les Nuits de Joux, les Ariolicales, Automne musical en Val de Saône, and so on … Showing already a deep interest in the contemporary creation, he was the dedicatee, in 2005, of the Bichromie Quintet of Guy Leclercq with the « Quintette Douze ».

In the following time, he would be awarded unanimously first prize of the Conservatory of Dijon and first prizes of excellence and virtuosity in the Conservatory of Music of Rueil-Malmaison before integrating the Royal Conservatory of Music of Brussels (Belgium) in the class of Veronique Bogaerts. There he passed his diplomas with High Distinction and was granted the Pappaerts Prize in 2016, as a reward for an exceptional academic path. He perfected then in the Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Vienna (Austria) with Michael Frischenschlager.

During his studies, he has also been taught by other masters such as Pavel Vernikov, Svetlana Makarova, Gyula Stuller, Régis Pasquier, David Grimal or Gérard Poulet. Jean Samuel is the laureate of numerous prizes, scholarships and international competitions including the Jury Prize in the International Music Competition in Malte (2015), the Hanseez-Castilhon and Horlais Dapsens Prizes in Brussels (2016), the 1st Prize in the Svirel International Music Competition (Slovenia, 2017) and 1st Prize in the Luigi Zanuccoli International Music (Italy, 2017).

His passion for chamber music, strengthened at the contact of eminent musicians such as Manfred, Danel and Pražac quartets, brings him to play regularly within various groups throughout the world (Belgium, Austria, France, Switzerland, Slovakia, Italy, Russia, Canada, China, Taïwan...) In 2016, he joined the Spilliaert Trio, whose vocation is to make the Belgium Musical Patrimony discovered. During the last few years he had the opportunity to play side by side with Jean-Claude Vanden Eyden, Hagaï Shaham, Gil Sharon, Gavriel Lipkind, Michel Lethiec or Marc Grauwels.

He has played several times as a soloist: with the Ensemble Orchestral of Dijon (France), the University Orchestra of Burgondy (France), the Philharmony of Budweis (Czech Republic) and the Sotiropoulos Camerata of Brussels (Belgium), interpreting among others the concertos of Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Tchaikovski and Wieniawski.

Sensitive to the importance of the creation and the spreading of the contemporary repertoire, Jean-Samuel intensely invests himself in the work with the composers. In 2015, he was the laureate of the Young Bozar Project within the Alternative Violin Duet 2Väinö. With this duet he focuses on searching new alternative formulas to tradional concerts, mixing arts and means of expression. In a rather different domaine, he also plays regularly within the Icelandic group Arstiđir.

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Besides he has done a training course of composer, specially studying Harmony, Counterpoint, Analysis and Fugue; he was unanimously awarded three Firt Prizes and one special Prize of the SACEM.