Didier Lockwood

Didier Lockwood
Didier Lockwood 2014.jpg
Didier Lockwood in October 2014
Background information
Born (1956-02-11)11 February 1956
Calais, France
Died 18 February 2018(2018-02-18) (aged 62)
Paris, France
Genres Jazz, progressive rock
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Violin
Labels JMS, Gramavision, Dreyfus
Associated acts Aldo Romano, Daniel Humair, Surya
Website www.didierlockwood.com

Didier Lockwood (11 February 1956 – 18 February 2018) was a French jazz violinist. He played in the progressive rock/jazz fusion band Magma in the 1970s and was known for his use of electric amplification and experimentation on different sounds on the electric violin.[1][2][3]


In 1979, Lockwood released his first album as a leader, New World,[4] and subsequently recorded more than 20 albums.[5] In 1994, he moved to New York City for two years. During that time he recorded two albums, New York Rendez Vous and Storyboard.[6]

Lockwood's influences included fusion violinist Jean-Luc Ponty. He took up the electric violin after hearing Ponty play on the album King Kong: Jean-Luc Ponty Plays the Music of Frank Zappa.[1] Another important influence was fellow Frenchman Stéphane Grappelli. In 2000, Lockwood recorded a tribute album to Grappelli.[7]

Selected discography

As leader


with Magma
with Pierre Moerlen's Gong
with ZAO
  • Kawana (1976)[9]
  • Live! (1976)[10]
with Jarek Śmietana

As sideman

With Billy Hart