Filip Michal Saffray comes from a family of musicians. Born in Zielona Gora, Poland in 1983, he moved to France with his parents at age five. At age six, he began taking violin lessons at the Conservatoire de Versailles, and three years later, began studying under Alexandre Brussilovsky. From 2000 to 2002 he studied under Bartosz Bryla at the Academy of Music J. Paderewski in Poznan, Poland. Since 2003 he has studied under Prof. Albrecht Breuninger at the College of Music in Karlsruhe.
Saffray has participated in a number of master classes, e.g., at the “Rencontres Musicales de Geneve” (1996, 1997, 1998) and the “Rencontres Musicales du Chateau de Roques” (1992, 1995, 1996), taught by Alexandre Brussilovsky, Boris Garlitzky and Felix Andreievsky. In 2002 and 2004 Saffray was chosen by Vladimir Spivakov to participate in his master class in Zurich.
He has also taken part in numerous competitions. In 1997 Saffray was awarded second prize at the “Les virtuoses de l’an 2000” competition in St. Petersburg. That same year and in 2002, he reached the finals of the national young musician competition Lipinski Serwaczynski in Lublin, Poland. In 2007 he won second prize for his duo “KoSa” at the 2nd European Chamber Music Competition in Karlsruhe.
Saffray has given numerous concerts since 1998, e.g., with the Orchestre de la Grade Republicaine at the radio symphony orchestra in Paris, in the Mozart Room at the Stuttgart Liederhalle during the Shostakovich Festival, and a recital in the Cortot Room in Paris as part of the “Europe Day” festivities.
In 1999 he participated in several festivals, including the “Festival de Dinard” and the Festival Musicimes in Courchevel (French Alps).
In February 2004 the Institut Français in Morocco invited him to give concerts in Casablanca. In the following year, he received a scholarship from the Eugenia and Hans Jutting Foundation in Stendal and another scholarship for young artists from the L-Bank Music Foundation in 2008.
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