Vincent Airault

Former student of Alexandre Lagoya (first prize winner at the CNSMD de Paris in 1994) and Roberto Aussel (first prize winner at the MusikHochschule de Cologne in 2000), Vincent Airault discovered the guitar at the age of eight at the Niort conservatory with Daniel Pacault before before before completing his studies in Poitiers with Frank Nataf.

Guitarists Raymond Gratien, Carel Harms, and Daniel Lavialle, as well as courses in music theory, music history, and musical analysis taught at the CNSMD de Paris or at the Conservatoire d'Aulnay sous Bois, by Jean-Claude Raynaud, Alain Truchot, Florence Badol-Bertrand, Georges Boyer, Michaël Levinas, Emmanuel Ducreux, Martine Kaufmann, among others, have also greatly contributed to shaping his musical journey.

Winner of international competitions (Île de France - Paris 1993, Bourg-Madame 1997, Printemps de la guitar - Walcourt-Belgique 1998, Guitar Foundation of America - San Diego 2001, Maurice Ohana - Ville d'Avray 2002) , he has given recitals in France and also in Chile, Mexico, the United States, Switzerland, Germany, Austria and Spain, formed a duo for many years with the flautist Cécile Viot, and played with other artists, guitarists ( Marten Falk, Bertrand Chavarria Aldrete, Romain Petiot) flautists (Magali Mosnier, Claire Marzullo, Elena Stojceska), violinist (Elisabeth Balmas), cellist (Antoine Foucher), singers (Muriel Radault, Monique Trécan) and singer (Duy-Thöng Nguyen) as well as with the orchestras of Île de France, Radio-France and the Ensemble Itinéraire among others. He has tackled the most varied repertoires, always on the guitar, and, more recently, has also become interested in the ten-string instrument.

He created pieces: Flashback by Frédéric Boulard (1995), Tenderly by Alain Emler (2000), Memorias de un poeta by Mauricio Arenas Fuentes (2005) and devotes himself to composition for guitar through small educational pieces (including the 15 Small recreations and 12 recreations published by Henry Lemoine, in Danel Lavialle's Guitar Method published by Alphonse Leduc), and by concert studies (Vents 2001, Songes 2002, Miroirs 2003, Hexacordes 2007, Rondes 2008). His meeting with the writer Claude Maillard was decisive in broadening his inspiration: followed by Voiles (2004), La Grande Révolte (2008) , Nocturno-Diurno (2009) created by Romain Petiot in 2016.

Among his more recent compositions/transcriptions, in 2017, Static Movement for alto flute and guitar (created by the duo SoliPse in 2018) and the adaptation of the famous Prélude à l'après-midi d'un Faune by Claude Debussy for flute and guitar (broadcast and recorded by the duo SoliPse) which will be revised until its edition in 2023, as well as in 2022 : Renverse - tribute to Emmanuel Ducreux for two guitars .

Among his current work, Vincent Airault has drawn on 15th-century theories of polyphony to bring certain 16th-century vihuela tablatures by Luys de Narvaez, Alonso Mudarra, and Miguel de Fuenllana into closer agreement with their original vocal source attributed to Josquin Desprez.

He has lived in Paris since 1991, holds an aptitude certificate and has taught guitar at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Départemental de Pantin since 2007.