Musician (saxophone, clarinette, flute), composer, arranger and director. He started learning the piano at five and took on the saxophone at 12. His musical education takes him to the Levallois Peret music academy near Paris where he obtained several prizes (chamber music, saxophone and theory). His passion for jazz made him pursue parallel studies with Michel Goldberg (ARPEJ) and at the National Music School (ENM) in Marne La Vallée.
In 1998, he obtains a place in François Jeanneau's class at the prestigious National Music Academy (CNSM) in Paris, from which he graduated in 2002 with the jury's unanimous congratulations. During his studies, he performed in clubs and festivals with several leading jazz musicians (Maria Schneider, Aldo Romano, Antoine Hervé, Didier Lockwood, Jean Louis Chautemps, Jean Christophe Cholet, Riccardo del Fra, Laurent Mignard, Andy Emler…
A winner of the La Défense jazz contest with his own quintet (which he conducts with trumpetist Airelle Besson), his musical evolution leads him to participate in a variety of projects, from tradtional jazz to improvised musical genres .(F.Jeanneau « Pandémonium », Riccardo Del Fra « Jazoo Project », Le gros cube d’Alban Darche, Jazzophone Cie, Laurent Mignard « Pocket quartet » et « Dukish Orchestra », Didier Levallet « songes/silences », Sébastien Gaxie « Lunfardo »...)
Selective Discography : Riccardo Del Fra Roses and Roots (ffff Télérama/ disque d’émoi) Label Nocturne, with Joey Baron