Festival International de Jazz de Montréal
Home > Artists > Jean-Luc Ponty
Jean-Luc Ponty

Jean-Luc Ponty

1942 -

Origin: France

Main instrument: Violin

Genres: Fusion, Jazz

Jean-Luc Ponty immersed himself in music at a very early age. He was 13 when he quit school to practice six hours a day. At 16, the young musician was admitted to the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique de Paris. He graduated two years later with the highest honors. Thanks to the influence of Stéphane Grappelli, Ponty got into jazz. In the late 1960's, he took a trip to the U.S. which opened his ears to rock music. Soon, the musician was collaborating with Frank Zappa. In the mid-1970's, after a stint with the Mahavishnu Orchestra, Ponty went solo and recorded an ambitious string of jazz-rock albums. At the turn of the 1980's, the violinist introduced keyboards into his music when he felt it needed to take a new direction. Since the turn of the new century, Ponty has carried on touring and recording regularly. Released in 2007, The Acatama Experience was hailed as one of his stronger efforts.



  • Return to Forever IV - 2011 Concert
  • Jean-Luc Ponty (1982) - Médiathèque Jazz

To comment on this profile or signal some inaccurate information, send your email to webmestre_jazz@equipespectra.ca.

Artists index

Name of the artist or group

Show artists who appeared in:

Show artists whose musical genre is:

Show artists whose musical instrument is:

Search for artists by country or province:

Link to this video