Album:Florin Niculescu Plays Stephane Grappelli
Fans of legendary jazz violinist Stephane Grappelli may want to check out Romanian violinist Florin Niculescu. He has been part of a couple of Django Reinhardt tribute acts and now he has recorded a few albums as a leader. He was born Feb. 8, 1967 in Bucharest, Romania. His father taught him to play violin. Niculescu heard Grappelli at age 13, And since then he has tried to emulate Grappelli's style. In 1991, Niculescu moved to Paris hoping to meet Grappelli and establish his own career. He did attend school but his teachers told him he would be better off on stage. Then he met Grappelli in 1994. Grappelli was so impressed with Nicolescu that he wanted to record with him. But Nicolescu didn't think he was worthy. So he started working with guitarist Romane and his band New Quintet Du Hot Club De France and Bireli Lagrene's Gypsy Project. He has recorded a few CDs as a leader. Florin Niculescu Plays Stephane Grappell was released in 2008. Musicians include Peter Beets on piano, Darryl Hall on bass and Bruno Ziarelli on drums with guest guitarists Marc Fosset and Christian Escoude. Recently Niculescu has concentrated on session work. Here's Florin Niculescu with Thuryn Michell on piano, Samuel Hubert on bass and Bruno Ziarelli on drums performing Opportunity at the 2010 Queen Violin Festival in Moldavie.