François Leleux
Conductor / Oboe

“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)

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Biography

François Leleux’s pre-eminence as an oboist is internationally recognised but over the last twenty years he has in parallel developed a significant reputation as conductor, and is now in demand on the podium both with and without oboe in hand. Leleux is regularly invited by the world’s leading orchestras, festivals and concert series, both as soloist and player/director with repertoire ranging from baroque to newly commissioned works.

The 2016/17 season reflects every aspect of Leleux’s performing life, including concerto performances with the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Utah Symphony Orchestra, Aurora Orchestra at the Beethovenfest Bonn, and Münchener Kammerorchester: as Artist in Residence with the hr-Sinfonieorchester in Frankfurt, with whom he will appear as soloist, conductor and chamber musician: and as conductor and soloist with Tonkünstler-Orchester Niederösterreich (with whom he makes his conducting debut at Vienna’s Musikverein), Camerata Salzburg, Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre de chambre de Paris, and Stavanger, Aalborg and Gävle symphony orchestras.

François Leleux’s pre-eminence as an oboist is internationally recognised but over the last twenty years he has in parallel developed a significant reputation as conductor, and is now in demand on the podium both with and without oboe in hand. Leleux is regularly invited by the world’s leading orchestras, festivals and concert series, both as soloist and player/director with repertoire ranging from baroque to newly commissioned works.

The 2016/17 season reflects every aspect of Leleux’s performing life, including concerto performances with the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Utah Symphony Orchestra, Aurora Orchestra at the Beethovenfest Bonn, and Münchener Kammerorchester: as Artist in Residence with the hr-Sinfonieorchester in Frankfurt, with whom he will appear as soloist, conductor and chamber musician: and as conductor and soloist with Tonkünstler-Orchester Niederösterreich (with whom he makes his conducting debut at Vienna’s Musikverein), Camerata Salzburg, Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre de chambre de Paris, and Stavanger, Aalborg and Gävle symphony orchestras.

Leleux has released several CDs on Sony Classical. His latest release – an album of works by Hummel and Haydn, recorded with Münchener Kammerorchester - was awarded an Echo Klassik prize in 2016.

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Reviews

“…there were certainly wonders in François Leleux’ account with the CBSO of the autumnal, delicious Oboe Concerto by Richard Strauss. His phrasing was mellifluous, and as open-air as the composer’s beloved Bavarian Alps; interchanges with orchestral soloists were sparkling and well dovetailed;…flourishes danced as though from panpipes, and he painted piquant shades of colour.” (Birmingham Post, November 2014)

“The terrific French oboist Francois Leleux was artist in residence at this year’s Lammermuir Festival, and he used the opportunity to explore repertoire from Bach to Berio. He is a fearless, flawless player (during this recital he breezily turned pages with one hand while playing with the other). His sound is plush and enormous. It would be a treat to hear him in just about any music.” (The Herald, Scotland, October 2014)

“…there were certainly wonders in François Leleux’ account with the CBSO of the autumnal, delicious Oboe Concerto by Richard Strauss. His phrasing was mellifluous, and as open-air as the composer’s beloved Bavarian Alps; interchanges with orchestral soloists were sparkling and well dovetailed;…flourishes danced as though from panpipes, and he painted piquant shades of colour.” (Birmingham Post, November 2014)

“The terrific French oboist Francois Leleux was artist in residence at this year’s Lammermuir Festival, and he used the opportunity to explore repertoire from Bach to Berio. He is a fearless, flawless player (during this recital he breezily turned pages with one hand while playing with the other). His sound is plush and enormous. It would be a treat to hear him in just about any music.” (The Herald, Scotland, October 2014)

“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, March 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, February 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, February 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, February 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, December 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)