PARIS (AFP) – Noted French jazz violinist Didier Lockwood, a disciple of the late Stephane Grappelli, died of a coronary heart assault early Sunday (Feb 18), his agent stated.
Lockwood, who carried out at Paris jazz venue Bal Blomet on Saturday (Feb 17), had turned 62 on Feb 11.
“His wife, his three daughters, his family, his agent, his co-workers and his record label are sad to announce the sudden passing of Didier Lockwood,” his agent stated in a press release.
Lockwood was enjoying at a jazz competition when he met Grappelli, who invited the then 20-year-old to affix him on a European tour.
“That was the start of my career, the launchpad that got me into the world of popular jazz,” Lockwood informed Radio France in 2008.
Lockwood was dedicated to music schooling, establishing the Didier Lockwood Music Centre in a city south of Paris instructing improvisation in line with a jazz violin methodology he developed.
His widow is the colouratura soprano Patricia Petibon, acclaimed for her interpretations of French Baroque music.