President Macron mourns sudden death of French violinist, 62

The French strings world is in mourning for Didier Lockwood, a household name both as a jazz violinist and as a campaigner for music education.

He suffered a heart attack early Sunday morning, after performing that evening at Bal Blomet.

A disciple of Stéphane Grappelli, Lockwood, who was half-Scottish, set up his own school for improvisation near Paris and was a vastly popular performer. Crossing all genres and with immense charm, he exercised a widespread and wholly benign influence on French music and society.

He is mourned by his wife, the opera soprano Patricia Petibon, and three children.

President Macron tweeted: Hommage ému au violoniste Didier Lockwood, ami et partenaire des plus grands, aussi soucieux de nouer le fil entre les cultures que de transmettre au plus grand nombre. Son rayonnement, son ouverture d’esprit et son immense talent musical nous manqueront.

The classical violinist Renaud Capucon writes: Quelle tristesse d’apprendre le départ de l’incomparable violoniste de jazz Didier Lockwood. La France perd un musicien d’exception,un homme aux qualités rares. Il nous manquera énormément. Affection pour sa famille et ses proches. Et profond respect.

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