Joël Versavaud was born in Creuse and lives in Marseille since 2002.
Through his double activity of concert and pedagogue, at the Conservatoire de Marseille, he strives to develop and promote the classical saxophone. Dedicator of a dozen works, he participated in many creations, recorded in 2000 the Nine studies for saxophones Christian Lauba, and the album Mai solo in 2006 (Maguelone). Seeking to expand the saxophone repertoire into chamber music and into larger ensembles, he is a member of Ensemble Cbarré and works with Ars Nova, Musicatreize, ECO (European Contemporary Orchestra), Mezjew, Stravinsky, the Contemporary Choir, … Among his latest collaborations: The man who planted trees of Georges Boeuf on the news of Jean Giono, Medea Kali opera chamber Lionel Ginoux after Laurent Gaudé, and All men dance Zad Moultaka. In October 2011, released under the label Skarbo, the album Bach-a continuous breath in which he delivers his intimate work on the pages of violin, cello or flute alone thanks to the technique of circular breathing (Prix Pierre Barbizet de Marseille Academy). He gives concerts and courses of interpretation in the United States, Japan, Canada, Lebanon, Tunisia and in festivals, universities and conservatories of all Europe.
Joël Versavaud is supported by the Selmer and Vandoren houses.