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François Leleux

Oboe | Conductor

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Biography

François Leleux – conductor, leader and oboist – is renowned for his irrepressible energy and exuberance. A versatile musician, he has previously served as Artist-in-Residence with orchestras such as hr-Sinfonieorchester, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, Berner Symphonieorchester, Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, and Tenerife Symphony Orchestra, and Artist-in-Association with the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris. Most recently, Leleux has been announced as Artistic Partner of Camerata Salzburg. In the 2019/20 season Leleux becomes Artist-in-Residence with Aalborg Symfonieorkester, appearing as both conductor and soloist. He continues to expand his successful collaboration with Scottish Chamber Orchestra, conducting the season’s opening concerts as well as leading the orchestra on their tour to Asia, which features Colin Currie as a soloist. He debuts as conductor with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and English Chamber Orchestra, and returns to the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic, Norwegian Chamber Orchestra and Gävle Symphony Orchestra. He has previously conducted orchestras such as hr-Sinfonieorchester, Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, WDR Sinfonieorchestra, Tonkünstler Orchestra and the Sydney, Gulbenkian, and BBC Scottish symphony orchestras.

Festival highlights this season include Audi Sommerkonzerte Ingolstadt and Mozartwoche Salzburg – the latter reflecting every aspect of Leleux’s performing life as he appears there as…

François Leleux – conductor, leader and oboist – is renowned for his irrepressible energy and exuberance. A versatile musician, he has previously served as Artist-in-Residence with orchestras such as hr-Sinfonieorchester, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, Berner Symphonieorchester, Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, and Tenerife Symphony Orchestra, and Artist-in-Association with the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris. Most recently, Leleux has been announced as Artistic Partner of Camerata Salzburg. In the 2019/20 season Leleux becomes Artist-in-Residence with Aalborg Symfonieorkester, appearing as both conductor and soloist. He continues to expand his successful collaboration with Scottish Chamber Orchestra, conducting the season’s opening concerts as well as leading the orchestra on their tour to Asia, which features Colin Currie as a soloist. He debuts as conductor with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and English Chamber Orchestra, and returns to the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic, Norwegian Chamber Orchestra and Gävle Symphony Orchestra. He has previously conducted orchestras such as hr-Sinfonieorchester, Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, WDR Sinfonieorchestra, Tonkünstler Orchestra and the Sydney, Gulbenkian, and BBC Scottish symphony orchestras.

Festival highlights this season include Audi Sommerkonzerte Ingolstadt and Mozartwoche Salzburg – the latter reflecting every aspect of Leleux’s performing life as he appears there as conductor with Camerata Salzburg, soloist with Chamber Orchestra of Europe, and chamber musician with Les Vents Français. As an oboist Leleux has performed with orchestras such as New York Philharmonic, Deutsches Symphonieorchester Berlin, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Budapest Festival Orchestra, and the Swedish Radio and the NHK symphony orchestras. A dedicated chamber musician, he regularly performs worldwide with sextet Les Vents Français and with recital partners Lisa Batiashvili, Eric Le Sage and Emmanuel Strosser.

Committed to expanding the oboe’s repertoire, Leleux has commissioned many new works from composers such as Nicolas Bacri, Michael Jarrell, Giya Kancheli, Thierry Pécou, Gilles Silvestrini and Éric Tanguy. In recent seasons he has premiered the cor anglais version of Debussy’s Rhapsodie for saxophone, arranged specially for him by Silvestrini (2017/18); Jarrell’s oboe concerto Aquateinte (2016/17); and Thierry Escaich’s Double Concerto for Violin and Oboe, whose world premiere performances Leleux and his wife Lisa Batiashvili gave with NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester and the New York Philharmonic in 2014/15.

Leleux has released several CDs on Sony Classical. His disc of works by Hummel and Haydn, recorded with Münchener Kammerorchester, received award recognition in 2016. Other recordings include works by J.S. Bach with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Mozart with Camerata Salzburg, and Strauss’s Oboe Concerto with Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra under Daniel Harding.

François Leleux is a Professor at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München.

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Repertoire

Concerto Repertoire (Selection)
   
Bach Oboe Concerto in d minor
  Concerto for Violin and Oboe in c minor
Bacri Notturno, op.74, for Oboe and Strings
Qigang Chen Oboen Concerto "Extase"
Debussy Rhapsody for Alto Saxophone (Version for Core Anglais)
Escaich Concerto for Violin and Oboe
  Concerto for Oboe (in planning)
Haydn Concerto for Oboe and Orchesta in C major, Hob. VIIg/C1
Hummel Introduction, Thema and Variations for Oboe and Orchestra, op.102
Jarrell Oboen Concerto "Aquateinte"
Lebrun Cocnerto for Oboe and Orchestra No.1 in d minor, op.2
Mozart Oboe Concerto in C major, KV314
Strauss Concerto for Oboe and small Orchestra AV144
   
Mozart, Gluck, etc. Opera arias
 
Recital Programmes (Selection)
 
With Emmanuel Strosser (Piano)
Saint-Saëns Sonata for Oboe and Piano in D major, op.166
Pécou Sonata for Oboe and Piano
Debussy Rhapsody for Alto Saxophon and Piano
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Dutilleux Sonata for Oboe and Piano
Poulenc Sonata for Oboe and Piano
Bozza Fantaisie Pastorale