Joseph Boulogne

French composer, violinist and conductor Joseph Boulogne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges, sometimes known as 'Black Mozart', was born in Baillif, Basse-Terre, Guadeloupe on 25 December 1745 but spent much of his life in Paris, where he died on 10 June 1799, aged fifty-three. Also known as a champion fencer, he's best known as the first known classical composer of African ancestry. He was very prolific, writing operas, symphonic and chamber music.


A selection of articles about Joseph Boulogne

CD Spotlight. Exceptionally Pleasing - String quartets by Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges, heard by Gerald Fenech. 'The Arabella Quartet despatches these graceful cameos with aplomb, and the playing is immensely cohesive and consistently alive.'

CD Spotlight. Something of a Mystery - Gerald Fenech listens to music by Joseph Boulogne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges. 'Michael Halász gives lively performances that sparkle with a "joie de vivre" that is consistently uplifting ...'

CD Spotlight. A superb craftsman - Music by Joseph Boulogne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges, investigated by John Bell Young. '... spirited, inventive and charming ...'