Oboe

François Leleux


Artist in Association, Orchestre de chambre de Paris


Recognised throughout the world as the best oboist of his generation, François Leleux enjoys an international career appearing with major orchestras and at important venues and festivals performing repertoire from Baroque to newly commissioned works. Recent and upcoming engagements include concerto appearances with the Yomiuri Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo, Orchestra National de Lyon with Jun Märkl, Danish National Symphony Orchestra with Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Tonkünstler Orchestra with Andres Orozco-Estrada, Chamber Orchestra of Europe under Vladimir Ashkenazy, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra with Daniel Harding and the Mozarteum Salzburg with Robin Ticciati.

François Leleux returns to Vienna - Mozart!

09 Apr 2013

François Leleux returns to Vienna's Musikverein on 12 and14 April to perform...

François Leleux: On Tour

25 Feb 2013

A regular visitor to the Vienna Konzerthaus, François Leleux returns for 2 performances of the Mozart...

Leleux: Mozart and MacMillan

15 Jan 2013

François Leleux makes his first appearance as Artist in Association with the Orchestre de chambre de Paris performing Mozart and MacMillan under conductor Thomas Dausgaard.

Francois Leleux debuts in Hong Kong

16 Nov 2012

Francois Leleux will make his first concerto appearance in Hong Kong on 20 October performing concertos by Strauss and...

François Leleux on tour with Vladimir Ashkenazy and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe

21 Mar 2011

François Leleux embarks on a four date tour this month with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, under the baton of Vladimir Ashkenazy. The tour runs from 20 to 26 March and encompasses concerts at...

Danish press shower François Leleux with praise after concert with Danish National Symphony Orchestra

11 Feb 2011

After his recent performance with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra at DR Koncerthuset, Copenhagen François Leleux has received rave reviews from the Danish press.  News website KPN.DK...

François Leleux at the Koncerthuset with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra / DR

12 Jan 2011

François Leleux joins the Danish National Symphony Orchestra for two concerts later this month at Jean Nouvel's stunning Koncerthuset....

François Leleux performs an Albert Schnelzer world premiere

04 Nov 2010

François Leleux performs the world premiere of The Enchanter, a new concerto written for him by Albert Schnelzer. Jointly commissioned by the Swedish and Scottish Chamber Orchestras the...

New François Leleux Strauss CD now available

30 Sep 2010

Furthermore, a clip of François talking about his time in the studio recording his latest CD featuring oboe works by Richard Strauss is now on youTube! The CD includes Strauss's Oboe Concerto (...

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“ François Leleux ... is quite a magical performer. His sonority is totally enchanting, his virtuosity limitless and flows so naturally from its source that one is no longer aware of all the hard work that preceded it. Whether it is in the flowery virtuoso pranks of Pasculli or the elegance, lyricism and joie de vivre of Mozart's concerto, Leleux's commitment is irresistible. Standing at the side of the conductor, he spices his playing with an appropriate dose of showiness and wit, knowing exactly how far to go. Yet as his rendition of the Mozart C major concerto proved, he is also a sensitive artist, a subtle colorist, dialoguing and blending his instrument with the orchestral textures to ravishing effect – with Fischer and the Budapest strings offering the most sympathetic accompaniment. The tender melancholy of Mozart's Andante ma non troppo was as compellingly rendered as the three dazzling cadenzas. An enraptured audience was rewarded by Leleux with an Air from Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice.”

Classical Net - Mar 2013

“Leleux's sound is simply gorgeous, his high register breathtaking, and he reeled off MacMillan's torrents of notes in vivid shapes...”

The Guardian - Feb 2013

“Leleux's performance was mesmerising, colouring the slow movement with a cool hint of reflective introspection, only to be thrown instantly aside by the clownish thrills and spills of the finale. His exquisite Gluck encore sealed the deal...”

The Scotsman - Feb 2013

“There was much power in his tone and so much energy and drive in Leleux’s dancing movements, he probably could have conducted the orchestra and performed as a soloist at the same time. Each note had clarity and brilliance, and trills jumped like shining pearls from the instrument. Leleux was singing the musical phrases with the oboe in all corners of the hall. He was in front of the beat and drove the orchestra with him in the faster outer movements. The solo cadenzas stood as lyrical fantasies, where Leleux made time stand still and painted melodies with both delicate and sharp colours.”

KPN.DK (Concert with Danish National Symphony Orchestra at DR Koncerthuset, Copenhagen) - Feb 2011

“The elegance and vivacity of Francois Leleux’ oboe playing and the fresh, bright sound of Camerata Salzburg dazzle through Mozart’s Rondo in C, Oboe concerto and the transcription for the Flute Concerto.”

The Independent (CD Review: Mozart / Sony (Aug 2008)) - Dec 2008

“…[François Leleux is] a star act. Here was phenomenal skill and personality, displayed across a vast range of colours and dynamics, delivered with winking wit through an oboe constantly circling the air.”

The Times

“This adroit teaming of first-rate chamber musicians, led by husband and wife Francois Leleux and Lisa Batiashvili, makes for an exceptional disc which brims with treats, such as an elegant Mozart oboe quartet K370 and a beautifully realised, dark and creamy adagio K580a.”

The Observer - May 2007

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Recognised throughout the world as the best oboist of his generation, François Leleux enjoys an international career appearing with major orchestras and at important venues and festivals performing repertoire from the baroque to newly commissioned works. François has appeared at the Berlin Philharmonie with Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the Vienna Musikverein with Tonkünstler Orchester, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées with Orchestre National de France, at the Sydney Opera House with Sydney Symphony, at Bunkamura with the NHK Symphony Orchestra and at the Lincoln Center as part of the Mostly Mozart Festival. He has worked with leading conductors such as Pierre Boulez, Mariss Jansons, Sir Colin Davis, Myung-whun Chung, Daniel Harding, Thomas Dausgaard, Wolfgang Sawallisch and Alan Gilbert.

From season 2012-13 Francois Leleux will be Artist in Association with the Orchestre de chambre de Paris  which, among other projects, will see him perform the premiere of Escaich’s Concertino for Violin and Oboe. During the coming season he will appear as soloist with WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln, Budapest Festival Orchestra (with Ivan Fischer), Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra national de Lyon, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo and Malmo Symphony Orchestra. In addition to these engagements, and following on from previous success, he has repeat invitations with, Orchestre de chambre de Paris, Tonkünstler Orchester, Camerata Salzburg, Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Gavle Symfoniorkester (Play-Direct). Alongside appearances as a soloist, Francois Leleux also devotes time to play-conduct engagements, most recently working with Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Bamberger Symphoniker and Orchestre de chambre de Paris.

He has a commitment to expanding the oboe’s repertoire, and has had many new works commissioned for him by composers such as Nicolas Bacri, Thierry Pécou, Gilles Silvestrini, Eric Tanguy, Thierry Escaich, Giya Kancheli and Michael Jarrell.  This season he will give the Scottish and French premieres of MacMillan’s Oboe Concerto with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Orchestre de chambre de Paris respectively. In 2010 he premiered a new concerto titled The Enchanter written by Albert Schnelzer and jointly commissioned by the Swedish Chamber Orchestra and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. The work received warm praise in the press with one critic writing, His concerto held me gripped…The “Enchanter” of the title is Leleux himself, and it’s a fitting tribute to his spellbinding playing. He turned the oboe into a multi-dimensional character, singing, dancing and leaping through his music.”   François has also made his own transcriptions of arias from Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Die Zauberflöte which he has recorded with Camerata Salzburg for Sony.

François is a dedicated chamber musician, performing regularly all over the world with octet Ensemble Paris-Bastille and sextet Les Vents Français. In 2012-13 Francois will perform with the group as part of a residency at the Musikfest Bremen. Regular recital partners include harpist Isabell Moretti and his wife, violinist Lisa Batiashvili.

François Leleux has an exclusive recording contract with SONY Classical. So far, as part of this contract he has released three CDs – chamber music with Lisa Batiashvili, violist Lawrence Power and cellist Sebastian Klinger: J.S.Bach with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and Mozart with Camerata Salzburg. His last release for SONY Classical featured Strauss’s Oboe Concerto recorded with Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Daniel Harding and Serenade for Winds performed with the ensemble Paris Bastille. His latest release, The Charm of the Oboe - recorded with the Munich Chamber Orchestra, will feature concerti by Cimarosa, Bellini, Marcello, Vivaldi, Glück and Pasculli.

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

July 2013