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Florin Niculescu

Florin Niculescu (b. February 8, 1967 in Bucharest) is a Romanian violinist of Romani (Gypsy) ethnicity. He is considered one of the best jazz manouche violinist of our days, the successor of Stéphane Grappelli.[1] He is noted for his impressive technique and virtuosity as well as for his musical sensitivity.


  • Family background and education 1
  • Career 2
  • Discography 3
  • Trivia 4
  • References 5
    • Notes 5.1
    • Sources 5.2
  • External links 6

Family background and education

Niculescu was born into a family of educated jazz music his main attraction.


In 1991 he left for Paris to fulfill his dream of meeting Stéphane Grappelli and making a name in jazz for himself. He got his first gig at a Russian cabaret. He also enrolled in the Conservatoire de Paris, although his jazz teacher told him from the first audition that he shouldn't waste his time there, instead he should be playing on stage. Meanwhile, he continued to play on various scenes with various musicians.

Niculescu finally met his idol, Stéphane Grappelli, in 1994. Grappelli was so impressed by him that he proposed him to record a disc together. Niculescu decline the offer believing that he didn't deserve the honor, yet. He hoped to receive some lessons from Stéphane Grappelli, but Grappelli told him that he has nothing to teach him as the Romani have a fantastic natural technique.

In 1995 he joined Romane's band and, in 2001, he was invited by Biréli Lagrène to join his "Gipsy Project", inspired by the Quintette du Hot Club de France. The couple Biréli Lagrène-Florin Niculescu succeeded the couple Django Reinhardt-Stéphane Grappelli.

Meanwhile he started to record musical albums under his name and to have numerous collaborations with other musicians: Roberto Alagna. He also worked with pop musicians like: Charles Aznavour, Patricia Kaas, Patrick Bruel, Johnny Hallyday and Henri Salvador. Violinist Scott Tixier was Niculescu only student when he was 15 years old in Paris.[2]

Niculescu has been called “successor to Grappelli” and “one of the greatest violinists ever”.


  • 1995 - Portrait Of Django together with Hot Club de Norvège
  • 1999 - L’Esprit Roumain - recorded with his father, Corneliu Niculescu
  • 2000 - Gipsy Ballad
  • 2005 - Djangophonie
  • 2008 - Florin Niculescu Plays Stéphane Grapelli


  • For the first 7 years he lived illegally in France. Sometimes he had to run away at the end of a concert for fear of being caught by the police. He was later offered French citizenship, but he refused it.
  • He met his wife Vera at the Russian cabaret where he got his first gig. Although, they didn't speak a common language, he let her know after the first minutes that he wanted to marry her.
  • A perfume bears his name.



  1. ^ "Florin Niculescu". Festival International de Jazz de Montréal. Retrieved 5 May 2012. 
  2. ^ "Scott Tixier Website". Scott Tixier. Retrieved 7 October 2013. 


  • Florin Niculescu Plays Stephane Grappelli at AllAboutJazz
  • Florin Niculescu interview - in Romanian
  • Florin Niculescu interview - in Romanian
  • Artist with star perfume - in Romanian
  • Gypsy Jazz – Django at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performance
  • Bireli Lagrene's Gypsy Project at The Independent
  • Oscar Peterson Announcement at AllAboutJazz
  • The Spirit Of Django Reinhardt Concert at AllAboutJazz
  • Florin Niculescu interview - in Romanian
  • Florin Niculescu - Django Tunes

External links

  • Florin Niculescu - Official website
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