Joel Versavaud was born in the center of France and lives in Marseille since 2002. He was a finalist in the Jean-Marie Londeix Competition in 1996 and recorded Christian Lauba’s 9 Etudes for saxophones (Maguelone) in 2000, which earned him the esteem of his peers the world over. This was followed by the albums Mai solo (Maguelone, 2006), Bach – un souffle continu (Skarbo, 2011), which won the Pierre Barbizet Prize awarded by the Marseilles Academy and Croquembouches (Skarbo, 2015) with the pianist Laura Caravello.
Through his double activity as concert artist and teacher at the Marseilles Conservatory, he strives to develop and promote the classical saxophone. Dedicatee of some 15 solo works (Alla, Boeuf, Campo, Festou, Gauthier, Ginoux, Lauba, Moultaka, Narboni, Pattar, Rossé, Terrasi…), he has participated in over 120 first performances in small and large ensembles, in particular with the Cbarré ensemble, European Contemporary Orchestra, Musicatreize, Ars Nova, Quatuor Béla, with over 60 different composers… He gives concerts and master classes in the United States, Japan, Canada, Lebanon, Tunisia and at festivals, universities and conservatories throughout Europe.
The Series III Soprano ensures greater playability, particularly as regards pitch and blowing.
The blowing emission of its high register extended to high G has been largely facilitated. Selecting a straight or curved neck allows to get well acquainted with it.
The 'Series III' Alto is no doubt the most performing of our catalogue. It is a very accurate model in terms of tuning and emission. It offers a great richness of tone.
The 'Series III' Tenor has marked, when released in 1997, an actual revival of the great playing flexibility of the old models. This gives it an ease of playing very much appreciated by saxophonists of all levels.
The 'Super Action 80 Series II' baritone offers excellent consistency of sound over the whole register, without break-up between low and high notes.
It develops a particularly warm and mellow tone, thus sublimating the features characteristic to this instrument.