Justin Lépany is a French guitarist and composer based in Berlin.
He was born in Tokyo from a French mother and an American father. He studied Jazz Guitar at the Music Academy in Paris and Musicology at Paris VIII University.
After studying at the Music School of Cardiff University on a state fellowship he returned to Paris and graduated in 2005 with a thesis on Spectralism. Shortly thereafter, he relocated to Berlin, where he works as a composer, guitarist and teacher.
His music was performed in Berlin, Paris, London, Zurich, Vienna, Milan as well as Rio de Janeiro, Mexico City, and Minsk.
His composition for bells Ringing Peace was premiered during the opening of the 2014 Peace Nobel Prize ceremony in Oslo.
As a guitarist, he plays solo recitals across Europe and has done a lot of studio work, most recently on Fritz Kalkbrenner‘s album Ways over Water.
He is very active on the European free improvisation scene, performing with musicians like free jazz cult figure Sven-Åke Johansson. 2015 saw the release of Agnes (in Redemption), a solo album uniting his music with his photographic work.