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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.
09 Apr 2013
François Leleux returns to Vienna's Musikverein on 12 and14 April to perform...
25 Feb 2013
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...
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...
12 Jan 2011
François Leleux joins the Danish National Symphony Orchestra for two concerts later this month at Jean Nouvel's stunning Koncerthuset....
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...
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 (...
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. 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.
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