Jean-Marc FESSARD comes from the great tradition of the French clarinet school that he represented at the International Congress at Phoenix, USA. He holds a degree from the Conservatoire National de Musique in Paris, where he obtained the highest distinction for clarinet, bass clarinet, and chamber music, as well the Diplome Superieur; he was prizewinner of the Concours d’Interpretation Jacques Lancelot (1st prize), the Paris International Competition (3rd prize, 1996), Ilzach (1st prize 1997) and Gdansk (1st prize and Special prize of the Hamburg Brahms Society 1997).

Jean-Marc FESSARD leads an international career both in chamber music and as a soloist accompanied by prestigious ensembles (National orchestras of Poznan, Szczecin, Katowice, Bakou, Gdansk, Chamber orchestra of the Czech Philharmonic, Zagreb Chamber Orchestra, Elysee, Ebene, and Wieniawski Quartets).

Involved in creating contemporary music, dedicatee of many works, and member of the Ensemble Sillages, JMF is a frequent contributor to Polish radio and television, the BBC and Radio France. In April 2011 he had performed the Tansman clarinet concerto at the Warszaw Polish Radio Studio I. In November 2011 he had recorded ” D’un silence…” the clarinet concerto by Piotr Moss with the National Polish Radio Orchestra conducted by Michal Klausa. Composers such as Philippe Hersant, Piotr Moss, Karol Beffa, Jacques Bondon, Bruno Letort, Anthony Girard, Michel Lysight, Ivan Bellocq, Maury Buchala, and Vincent Guyot have dedicated works to him.

JMF has recorded some15 CD’s for labels such as Naxos, Dux, Universal, Clarinet Classics,Signature Radio-France Triton, Leibovitz, Kalidisc, and Quantum, which regularly receive excellent reviews in the specialised press.Yvonne Loriod-Messiaen described his version of the Quatuor pour la Fin du Temps by Olivier Messiaen as ‘simply admirable’. He has just recorded for Naxos Alexander Tansman’s Concerto and Concertino for clarinet.

“Polish Music for clarinet and piano” including rare works by Szalowski, Perkowski, Moss, Rathaus will be available in October 2011 ( ” Clarinet Classics” in London).

As a bass clarinet specialist, he has put together in a CD ‘Dedicaces’ works dedicated to him (Quantum/Codaex).

Since 2004 JMF has taught at the Brussels Royal Conservatory, and has been invited to give masterclasses in the Czech republic (Prague Conservatory), Russia (St Petersburg Conservatory), Poland (Gdansk, Poznan, Lodz, Katowice), the UK (Royal College of Music, London) and Brussels (Eugene Ysaye Instutute).

He is a member of the jury of the Gdansk International Brahms Competition and the Lodz Alexander Tansman International Chamber Music Competition.

JMF holds a Master degree from the University of Paris VIII and is the author of ‘The Evolution of the Clarinet’ (published by Billaudot Paris), a work on the history of the clarinet, and is director of publications for Billaudot-Paris.