Versatile musician, poly-instrumentalist (saxophonist, clarinetist and flutist), Davy Basquin was trained in the great tradition of the French school of saxophone. He began his studies in Epinay-sous-Sénart in the Essonne region of France (with Didier Foucher) and continued with Jean Ledieu, Philippe Portejoie and Christian Wirth.
Curious, eager to be confronted with different aesthetics, he played in formations such as the Toulon Opera, the Colonne Orchestra, the Polychronies ensemble, the Concert dans l'oeil, the Interactive Music Ensemble… and participated in the creation of numerous works (Nicolas Mondon, Ludovic Montet, Alain Berlaud, Régis Campo, Katharina Rosenberger, Christian Jous, Philippe Portejoie, Olivier Dejours, Michel Coury, Seongmi Kim…). After having played in duo with percussionist Jérôme Guicherd (with whom he obtained the Honorary Prize at the Léopold Bellan Competition and the First Prize at the UFAM International Chamber Music Competition) and with the saxophone quartet Vice & Versax (he obtained with this group the 1st Prize with unanimous congratulations of the jury at the UFAM International Chamber Music Competition and the 2nd Prize at the National Saxophone Quartet Competition of Paris), He is currently working in duo with pianist Delphine Biechler, composer Jacopo Baboni Schilingi (saxophones and live computer), he plays the clarinet in Jean-Paul Jamot's septet, Foxyland, the baritone saxophone in Yves Prutot's PARISIANSWING Band and is preparing a new project with saxophonist Antonino Mollica.
His activities in today's music have allowed him to be "Discovery of the Printemps de Bourges", laureate of the Chorus festival in the Hauts-de-Seine and to record many albums. He played with Nicole Croisille, Agnès Jaoui, Antoine Hervé, Vladimir Cosma, Laurent Cugny, Jean-Philippe Marthély, Jean-Loup Longnon, Dédé Saint-Prix…
Keen to pass on his passion for teaching, and holder of the Certificate of Aptitude for teaching saxophone, he is a teacher at the Pôle Supérieur de Paris-Boulogne Billancourt and at the City of Paris (CRR and Maurice Ravel Conservatory). He is a regular tutor for future teachers (CNSMD, PSPBB, Pôle Supérieur Alénor, Pôle Sup' 93, CEFEDEM...).
Since 2004 Davy Basquin has been artistic advisor for Henri SELMER Paris.
Photo credit: Lucie Bigo / Henri SELMER Paris
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