Jean-Yves Chevalier

Jean-Yves Chevalier

Resulting from the Conservatoire National de Région of Dijon, Jean-Yves Chevalier is allowed in the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse of Paris in the Claude Delangle’s saxophone class in 1991. He obtains three years later the Diploma of Higher Formation, Summa cum laude, with a First Prize of Saxophone and Chamber Music.

With the exit of this course, he is allowed in cycle of improvement of chamber music in the David Walter’s class. After having collaborated in this establishment with Gilbert Amy and Jean-Sebastien Béreau, he is then requested by the Orchestre de l’Opéra National de Paris, Concerts Lamoureux and Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire to play under the direction of Nader Abassi, John Axelrod, Valérie Fayet, Bruno Fontaine, Mark Foster, James Judd, Peter-Ernst Lassen, Dimitri Liss, Alain Lombard, George Pehlivanian, Yutaka Sado, Maximiliano Valdes, Arie Van Beek, Pascal Verrot and David Wroe.

Jean-Yves Chevalier performed in prestigious concert halls as a soloist like the Salle Gaveau and Hôtel de Sully in Paris, the Chanzy Theatre of Angers, the National Concert Hall and Recital Hall of Taipei, the Municipal Music Hall of Chiayi.

Finalist of the First International Contest of Saxophone Jean-Marie Londeix of Bordeaux in 1996. He is also prize winner of eight international contests of chamber music with the Emphasis Saxophone Quartet. It is with this formation that he concentrates his principal activity of concert performer. With more than three hundred concerts in France, Germany, Belgium, Côte d'Ivoire, Italy, Japan, Morocco, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Taiwan, Czechoslovakia, Tunisia and the recording of seven albums, this unit proposes today a new spectacle Sax O' Scène which mixes scenography skilfully and clarified around an original music.

Opened on the musics of the world, he is initiated with the Indian music near the player of bansuri Henri Tournier and occurred on several occasions with Bagad Kemper. His attraction for the contemporary music the fact of working with the composers Claude Ballif, Thierry Escaich, Jean-Louis Gand, Christian Lauba, Paul Malinowski, Pascal Zavaro and Jean-François Zygel.

Always on the lookout for new encounters, he is now in charge of collective practice in the music department of the Université Catholique de l'Ouest in Angers, and teaches saxophone at the Pôle d'Enseignement Supérieur Spectacle Vivant Bretagne - Pays de la Loire and at the Angers Conservatory, having been appointed to the Saint-Maur-des-Fossés Conservatory at the age of 24.

A renowned pedagogue, Jean-Yves Chevalier co-authored Saxophone et Pédagogie : à vous de jouer ! published by Delatour. From 1999 to 2005, he was a lecturer in saxophone didactics in the pedagogy department of the Paris Conservatoire, and is regularly called upon by the CEFEDEMs in Caen, Dijon, Nantes, Poitiers, Rouen, Rueil-Malmaison and the Lyon Conservatoire as a consultant teacher.