Jérôme Laran was born in 1978 and began studying the saxophone at the age of nine. His studies with Claude Delangle at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris lead to a unanimous First Prize in 2002. He pursued postgraduate studies in Paris and obtained the national Certificat d’Aptitude teaching diploma in 2005. His numerous prizes and awards include the ADAMI association’s “Révélation Classique” in 2004 and a fellowship with the Cziffra Foundation. He has received support from the Sasakawa and Meyer foundations as well as Société Générale’s Mécénat Musical.
Laran was unanimously awarded first prize at the International Saxophone Competition in Luxembourg (2000), and later competed in other international music competitions, including the A.R.D in Munich (2001), and the Concours International Adolphe Sax in Dinant (2002).
Laran’s successful performance career has brought him to some of the most renowned concert venues in Europe (Philharmonie in Berlin, Cité de la Musique, Salle Gaveau, Musée d’Orsay in Paris, Victoria Hall in Geneva) as well as China, Canada, and Japan (Tokyo, Bunka Kaikan, Opera City, Partenon Tama). His numerous festival performances include: Pablo Casals in Prades, Festival d'automne in Paris, Les Transclassiques, Voix Nouvelles in Royaumont, Musica, Why Note in Dijon, Ars Musica in Brussels, the Tokyo Summer Festival.
He has also performed as guest soloist with the Orchestre National de Chambre de Toulouse, the Ensemble Itinéraire, the Wallonie Royal Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestre des Lauréats du Conservatoire, the Filarmonie Boruslav Martinu in Zlin (Czech Republic), and more recently with the Radom Chamber Orchestra (Poland).
Jérôme Laran has released ten recordings including three solo albums; his latest solo release, Impressions d’automne (CAFUA Records, Japan), devoted to French music, has received great critical acclaim, including a special recommendation by Record Geijutsu in Japan.
Additionally, Laran has appeared in several artistic publications, including Vandoren and C.M.F. (France), Saxophone Journal (United States), Piper’s Band Journal (Japan), The Sax Magazines, and Clarinet and Saxophone Journal (Australia).
Laran was appointed Artistic Director of the « Rencontres Musicales de Capvern » held in the Hautes-Pyrénées region in southwest France. He is also responsible for a new collection with International Music Diffusion Edition.
Laran is Professor of Saxophone at the Aulnay-sous-Bois Departmental Conservatory and is frequently invited for masterclass appearances in Europe and Asia.