Jean Leber

Jean Leber (1939 – 18 March 2020) was a French violinist, conductor, and teacher.

Jean Leber
Born1939 (1939)
Died18 March 2020(2020-03-18) (aged 80–81)
OccupationViolinist, conductor

Early lifeEdit

Leber was born in 1939 to a family of railroad workers and amateur musicians. He discovered music at a young age and obtained a violin at age 16 when he enrolled in the Conservatoire de Paris.[1]


Leber started his career with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande as a violinist, then joined the Paris Opera before teaching and playing violin at the Opéra de Marseille. In 1965, he founded the Octuor de France with Michel Wales. In 1972, he became director of the Conservatoire de Gennevilliers before being appointed director at the Centre musical Edgar-Varèse. He was one of the original members of the Ensemble orchestral de Marseille when it was founded in 1986.[2]

Leber was very invested in the future of his students. He directed the schools of the École nationale de musique de Gennevilliers, École nationale de musique de Chartres, and chamber music classes in Poitiers and at the National Conservatory Regional Influence Pierre Barbizet.

Personal lifeEdit

Leber died on 18 March 2020 due to COVID-19.[2][1]


  • Jean Leber: D'un coup d'archet, entretiens avec François Porcile, 2014, ISBN 2915794707 (french)


  1. ^ a b Tobisch, Léopold (21 March 2020). "Mort du violoniste et pédagogue Jean Leber". France Musique (in French). Retrieved March 22, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Décès du violoniste Jean Leber". ResMusica (in French). 22 March 2020.