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Olivier Besson

Holder of a Diploma of Higher Education with honours from the CNSM in Paris, Olivier Besson is an adept saxophonist, whose versatility has naturally led him to rub shoulders with prestigious musicians.

With the quartet Carré-Mêlé, he won a First Prize for chamber music and then, in the following years, he began a musical show under the direction of the director Rémo Gary. This led to the production of “Saxophare et Sémaphone” (or: the life of 4 lighthouse keepers, on the island of Groix). This ensemble, which has won numerous international prizes, has attracted a large audience at numerous festivals and tours in France and abroad (Russia, Austria, Slovenia, Belgium, etc).

With the Saxiana quartet, he gives concerts throughout France. The ensemble has played at prestigious universities (Indiana, Ohio, Providence…), highlighting the numerous world premieres commissioned by N.Prost, founding member of this quartet. Winners of the “Inspiration(s)” award, they regularly carry out outreach work in the Ile de France region, performing educational concerts in places where the public does not have access to classical music.

Recently, Olivier has been developing repertoire for saxophone and accordion. In it, he revisits Breton music in a modern and playful form. He regularly takes part in the dancing and pop festivals of his region.

Saxophonist in the Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire, he also regularly plays the famous solos of Ravel, Gerschwin, Bernstein, Weil…

Every year he is a member of the International Academy of Music in Val d’Isère. He is currently professor of saxophone at the conservatory of Saint-Nazaire.

During the festival, Olivier will be performing in “Harps and Dance / Vibre!”, a world premiere in collaboration with Yannick Essono Ndong, Maureen Thiébaut and Lucie Berthomier.