Jean Christophe Bonnafous was born on 10th of March 1977 in Perpignan (France). He was starting out on a promising career in the field of Emergency Humanitarian Help when he discovered an Indian bamboo flute called Bansuri. He subsequently decided to go to Mumbai to meet the legendary flutist Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia.
His encounter with the maestro was a revelation and at the age of 27 he started his musical journey at the prestigious Music Conservatory of Rotterdam (CODARTS) under the tutelage of Hariprasad Chaurasia and Henri Tournier. By 2011 Jean Christophe had finished his studies in Indian Classical Music with a Masters Degree with Distinction.
Jean Christophe has developed an imaginative and subtle way of playing, combining virtuosity and sensibility. He is gifted with a natural talent for revealing the depth and beauty of the Bansuri sound.
Since 2008 Jean Christophe performs regularly alongside Hariprasad Chaurasia in Europe and India. He has already performed as a soloist in prestigious venues such as the Concertgebouw of Amsterdam and is currently collaborating on different musical projects within and beyond World, Jazz and Early Music. In 2010 Jean Christophe became a recipient of the prestigious Dutch HSP Award for Excellence.
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