Florin Niculescu

Special Guest Artist

Today, Florin is one of the major violin virtuosos on the international scene. He has developed his own unique sound and language, thanks to his solid classical training, but also with the experience of his many collaborations alongside the greatest musicians.

His impeccable violin technique and phenomenal virtuosity admired by all, musicians and audience members, are never an end in itself, but the means to express his musical personality. Similarly, the obvious spiritual filiation with his idol Stéphane Grappelli (1908-1997) is in no way a limitation on his own expression, but rather an inspiration that drives him to innovate.
Florin was born in Bucharest in 1967 into a family of musicians, a mother pianist and a father violinist, who passed on his passion for his instrument to him at the age of 4.
In 1973, at the age of 6, the little virtuoso joined the George Enescu Music Academy in Bucharest where he left with a first prize.
In 1984 he obtained a Special Jury Mention at the Henri Wieniawski International Competition in Ljubljana.
He moved to Paris in the 1990s and since then has never ceased to create and develop his art.
In 1993 he joined the quintet of guitarist Romane.
In 1994 he began his collaboration with bassist Jacques Vidal as a soloist in his own quintet with exceptional musicians such as pianist Michel Graillier, guitarist Frédéric Sylvestre, and drummer Simon Goubert.
In 1995 his encounter with Babik Reinhardt (1944-2001), son of Django, signified a turning point in his career with the CD “New Quintet of the Hot Club of France.”
In 1999 he recorded “Gypsy Ballad” which was named “Jazz Album of the Year”, and for which he received the award at MIDEM Talent Jazz 2001. From there followed different invitations to the greatest international jazz festivals such as: the “Vienne Festival” and “Jazz in Marciac” festival where he performed as the opening act for pianist Keith Jarrett.

He shared the stage with Biréli Lagrene, Babik Reinhardt, Jimmy Rosenberg, and Bucky Pizzarelli in the first Django Reinhardt festival in New York.

In 2001 Biréli Lagrene decided to create a quintet named “Gipsy Project” to be identical to the “Quintet of the Hot Club de France” of Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli, and asked Florin Niculescu to occupy the place of this latter.

It was during the world tour of the quintet’s second album “Gipsy Project and friends” that Florin Niculescu and Biréli Lagrene gave their badge of honour in the jazz manouche by sharing to a large audience on the international jazz scene and taking up the repertoire of Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli.

Today as an accomplished musician and exceptional artist recognized by his peers, Florin performs on the international with his impeccable violin technique and his singular sensibility that makes him unique in his way of playing.