Baltazar Montanaro was born from a Hungarian mother and an Occitan father. At the tender age of nine he picked up the violin. Refusing to limit himself he developed a great thirst for both traditional and modern music, with no small thanks to Patrice Gabet and Pierre Besozzi. Baltazar also took pointers from Hungarian fiddlers like Ökrös Csaba and Kovàcs "Magony" Ferenc and used his acquired knowledge in many different bands such as
“Nous Sommes Des Chiens”,
“Violon-Cello”, “Minuit Guibolles”, “Travudia”, and so on.
Baltazar plays different styles varying from jazz to rock over folk and pop, back to contemporary music. For the past ten years Baltazar has been playing solo free- improvisation concerts and he is founding member of “The Red Rum Orchestra”, “Habakuk” and “Red Rails”. He also plays with the bands “ZEF”, “I Fratelli Tarzanelli”, “Compagnie Montanaro”, in duo with the enchanting Sophie Cavez and in the band “Dans les cordes" with Fabien Boeuf. When Baltazar isn’t playing violin he writes
poetry and draws comics, two of
which have been published by
Rennes based publisher “L’Oeuf”.