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Der Lautenist und Barockgitarrist Jean-Marie Poirier wurde von Javier Hinojosa an der Ecole Nationale de Musique du Raincy und in Kursen bei Hopkinson Smith ausgebildet. Er konzertiert international mit seinem Duopartner Thierry Meunier (A Due Liuti) sowie mit diversen Alte-Musik-Formationen, wie dem Ensemble Walsingham, Le Trésor d’Orphée, London Pro Cantione Antiqua oder dem Ensemble Jacques Moderne. Neben seinen Zupfinstrumenten spielt er Gambe – am liebsten im Consort. Jean-Maire Poirier wirkte in dem Kinofilm „Die siebente Saite“ („Tous les Matins du monde“, 1991) mit und betreibt Forschungen zur Musik des 16. und 17. Jahrhunderts.

Video: Lautenduo

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Im Interview mit Linksgespielt

15. September 2021

Das Interview haben wir auf Englisch geführt. Eine deutsche Übersetzung gibt es hier.

Do you see yourself as a left-hander or a right-hander? Is that a part of your identity as a musician?

A left-hander, no doubt about that! And yes of course, it is part of my identity as a musician!


Have you always played your instruments left-handed?

Left-handed from the very beginning.


Have you faced reservations or concerns from other people about playing left-handed?

Not really, but of course it is always an issue when playing with other right-handed musicians even though I never had to face reservations or hostility, rather surprise.


How did you come by your left-handed instruments?  

At the beginning when I still played the guitar I only had to reverse the strings and it worked. When I decided to play the lute, I had to order a left-handed instrument. I chose an English maker and luckily he was left-handed and sympathetic. I never had problems with makers, British, French or Roumanian, to have a left-handed instrument made for me!


What are your experiences with playing left-handed in ensembles or orchestras? 

After the first moment of surprise, there is always a solution and I am used to the situation now, so it doesn't really matter.


Has your left-handed playing ever caused any funny or strange situations?

Not really, thank goodness! Except that week-end spent to read kilometers of viol consort music and I had to play a right-handed bass viol, without changing the strings of course! After a while I got used to playing it with strings the other way round and eventually it was a nice experience!


Have there been negative reactions?

Not that I experienced anyway.


Does playing left-handed present any advantages?

Nobody (almost) can play your instrument and risk to damage it! ;) 

But the counterpart is that you cannot try other people's instruments as well! 

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