French-born flutist Jean-François Lagrost studied concert flute in Mulhouse and Paris with Isabelle Froesch-Papirer, Daniel Morlier, Geneviève Amar, Vicens Prats and Michel Rousseau. Winner of the Grand Prix Gaston Crunelle, 1st prize of Leopold Bellan competition, European Flute Competition of Montdidier and Prize of Ville de Paris, he plays repertoires ranging from baroque to contemporary music, jazz and improvisation.
Along with his instrumental curriculum, he studied Musicology in Paris-Sorbonne University, where he achieved a DEA in 20th century music headed by Marc Battier.
Jean-François Lagrost began shakuhachi in 2000 with Sōzan Kariya, one of the foremost representatives of Tozan school. Mitsuko Nakao, the granddaughter of the founder of the school, awarded him in 2014 the highest honor in the world of shakuhachi, the title of Dai-Shihan (Grand Master). He has improved since 2007 in France with Véronique Piron in the style of Chikushinkai school. He founded and manages since 2011 the main world forum about shakuhachi (www.shakuhachiforum.eu).
The diversity of his expertise conducts him to appear in a variety of backgrounds : the Ensemble de flûtes de Paris (1st soloist), flute & piano recitals in Taiwan, as a soloist with the Musique de la Garde républicaine, as well as the with the best traditional musicians on European stages (Barcelona,Prague, Istanbul, Fribourg, Poitiers…)
Professor of art education at the conservatories of Le Kremlin-Bicêtre and Asnières near Paris, Jean-François Lagrost enjoys an international career in traditional, contemporary or mixed repertoires.