Charles Lesaffre was born in 1949 in Loos (a suburb of Lille) in French Flanders.
He studied trumpet, harmony, counterpoint and organ at the Conservatory of Lille. Afterwards he continued his studies at the prestigious National Music Conservatory of Paris, where he obtained various diplomas (trumpet, solfège, harmony). He also studied musicology at the University of the Sorbonne.
His compositions have great pedagogical and didactic value. Witness to this are the many imposed works selected by the Confédération Musicale de France (CMF). His works are played all over the world.