After completing a music course at the Conservatoire national de région de Lyon, Laurent Apruzzese went on to study at the Conservatoire National Supérieur Musique et Danse de Lyon, earning an advanced diploma in music under Jean-Pierre Laroque in 1988.
He performed many concerts with various ensembles (Orchestre national de Lyon, Orchestre de l’Opéra de Lyon, Orchestre de l’Opéra de Saint-Étienne), before joining the Ensemble Forum in Lyon as a bassoonist, under the baton of Mark Foster.
He joined the Ensemble Orchestral Contemporain as bassoon soloist in 1995, and has since performed at numerous contemporary music festivals in France and abroad, such as: Automne en Normandie, Radio France’s Présences festival, Musica in Strasbourg, Why Note in Dijon, Les Musiques in Marseille, Manca in Nice, Les Détours de Babel in Grenoble, L’Estival de la Bâtie in the Loire, Musiques en Scène in Lyon, Musica Nova in Brazil, Music Today in Seoul, Warsaw Autumn and MITO in Turin and Milan.
He has appeared on several of EOC’s recordings, including: Edison Denisov, Pierre Boulez, Robert Pascal, Pierre-Alain Jaffrenou, Dominique Lemaître, Xu Yi, Gibert Amy, Gustav Mahler, Hugues Dufour, Ondrej Adamek and even François Paris.
Alongside side his job as a musician, he also enjoys sharing his passion by composing for younger audiences – whether they have a musical ear or not. He has written numerous educational pieces and nursery rhymes, from: Entre tradition et modernité: comptines traditionnelles (chorus and orchestra), Et si based on Marie Jaffredo’s graphic novel, Mikrokosmos based on Bartók’s piano pieces, and a live musical accompaniment to Méliès’ A Trip to the Moon.
Over the past few years he has added another string to his artistic bow, by discovering a passion for painting.