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Guest Leader, Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
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.
20 Jul 2015
This week Francois Leleux returns to the Verbier Festival to perform 2 chamber music concerts (23 and 26 July) with some of his regular...
08 Apr 2015
Francois Leleux will make his debut with the New York Philharmonic under...
02 Oct 2014
Francois Leleux completed a fantastic season as Artist in Residence at the Lammermuir Festival last month, performing in recital, as well as alongside the Hebrides Ensemble and soloists from the...
09 Apr 2013
François Leleux returns to Vienna's Musikverein on 12 and14 April to perform...
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.
16 Nov 2012
Francois Leleux will make his first concerto appearance in Hong Kong on 20 October performing concertos by Strauss and...
23 Sep 2011
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...
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...
Birmingham Post - Nov 2014
The Herald, Scotland - Oct 2014
Classical Net - Mar 2013
The Guardian - Feb 2013
The Scotsman - Feb 2013
KPN.DK (Concert with Danish National Symphony Orchestra at DR Koncerthuset, Copenhagen) - Feb 2011
The Independent (CD Review: Mozart / Sony (Aug 2008)) - Dec 2008
The Observer - May 2007
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 and at Concertgebouw with Netherlands Radio Chamber orchestra 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.
For the 2014/15 season, Francois is guest leader of Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, which will involves curating and leading three concert projects as well as an appearance at the Risor Festival. He will also return to Lammermuir Festival as artist-in-residence, performing with Royal Northern Sinfonia, Hebrides Ensemble and soloists from Scottish Chamber Orchestra. He will make return appearances as conductor-soloist with Munich Chamber Orchestra, Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, Gavle Symfoniorkester and Camerata Salzburg, including a tour to China. Francois will appear for the first time this season with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under Nicholas Collon to perform the Strauss Concerto. In December 2014, François will premiere Thierry Escaich’s concerto for violin and oboe with his wife, violinist Lisa Batiashvili and NDR Sinfonieorchester conducted by Alan Gilbert. He and Lisa will then premiere the work in North America, with New York Philharmonic and Alan Gilbert in April 2015.
For seasons 2012-14, François was Artist in Association with the Orchestre de chambre de Paris. Last season Francois performed as soloist with the Gulbenkian Orchestra, WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln, Budapest Festival Orchestra under Ivan Fischer, Seoul Philharmonic, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Camerata Salzburg (at the Mozartwoche in Salzburg), Tonkunstler Orchestra (for play-conduct concerts as well as at the Grafenegg Festival), as well as concerts at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées and the Mozartfest Würzburg Orchestre de chambre de Paris. He also performed with the Hebrides Ensemble at the Lammermuir and Styriate Festivals, with Lisa Batiashvili and Friends at the Salzburg Festival and the Prinsengracht Concert in Amsterdam and toured with the with all-star wind sextet Les Vents Français.
François 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. In 2012/2013, he gave 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, 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.
Alongside appearances as a soloist, François also devotes time to play-conduct engagements, working with Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Bamberger Symphoniker and Orchestre de chambre de Paris, Orchestre national de Lyon and Tonkunstler Orchestra among others.
François is a dedicated chamber musician, performing regularly all over the world with octet Ensemble Paris-Bastille and sextet Les Vents Français. Regular recital partners include harpist Isabelle Moretti, violinist Lisa Batiashvili and pianists Emmanuel Strosser and Eric Le Sage.
François has recorded several CDs for SONY Classical. Releases have included – J.S.Bach with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and Mozart with Camerata Salzburg, Strauss’s Oboe Concerto recorded with Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Daniel Harding and Serenade for Winds performed with the ensemble Paris Bastille and The Charm of the Oboe - recorded with the Munich Chamber Orchestra, will featuring concerti by Cimarosa, Bellini, Marcello, Vivaldi, Glück and Pasculli. The next release on Sony will include works by Hummel and Haydn, recorded with Munich Chamber Orchestra.
François Leleux is a Professor at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München.
Serenade Op 7
Suite for 13 Wind Instruments in B flat Op 4
Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Released on Sony, August 2010
Mozart: Oboe Quartet in F major K 370
Mozart: Three Arias from The Magic Flute (arr. for oboe and violin)
Mozart: Adagio in C minor for cor anglais, violin, viola and cello, K 580
Britten: Fantasy Quartet
Dohnanyi: Serenade for String Trio
Lisa Batiashvili, Lawrence Power, Sebastian Klinger
Released on Sony Classical, December 2008
Various Oboe works by Bach
Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Released on Sony Classical, November 2008
Rondo for violin and orchestra in C major, K 373
Die Zauberflote (The Magic Flute), opera, K 620
Concerto for 3 (or 2) pianos and orchestra in F major ("Lodron," "Concerto No 7"), K 242
Don Giovanni, opera, K 527
Oboe Concerto in C major, K 314 (K 285d)
Released on Sony Classical, August 2008
Released on Sony in May 2012