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, renowned for bringing “bigger-than life personality” to his performances (Chicago Classical Review), regularly appears as soloist, conductor and player/director with the world’s leading orchestras, festivals and concert series. His pre-eminence as an oboist is internationally recognised, but in recent seasons Leleux has in parallel established a significant reputation as a conductor, working with orchestras such as hr-Sinfonieorchester, Camerata Salzburg, Tonkünstler-Orchester Niederösterreich and Sydney, Swedish Radio and WDR symphony orchestras. 

François Leleux, renowned for bringing “bigger-than life personality” to his performances (Chicago Classical Review), regularly appears as soloist, conductor and player/director with the world’s leading orchestras, festivals and concert series. His pre-eminence as an oboist is internationally recognised, but in recent seasons Leleux has in parallel established a significant reputation as a conductor, working with orchestras such as hr-Sinfonieorchester, Camerata Salzburg, Tonkünstler-Orchester Niederösterreich and Sydney, Swedish Radio and WDR symphony orchestras. 

The 2017/18 season reflects every aspect of Leleux’s performing life. As conductor-and-soloist, he will appear with Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre de chambre de Paris and on tour with the Hungarian National Philharmonic. He will make conducting debuts with BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Gulbenkian Orchestra and is reinvited to Aalborg Symphony Orchestra as conductor. Concerto performances include a debut with Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and a return to Hong Kong Philharmonic. In his residency with Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg he will appear as soloist, conductor and chamber musician. 

In previous seasons Leleux has been Artist-in-Residence with hr-Sinfonieorchester (2016/17), Guest Artistic Leader of the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra (2014/15), and Artist in Association with the Orchestre de chambre de Paris (2012-14).

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Reviews

“It was nevertheless difficult to take our eyes of Leleux…the beauty of his sound made it almost impossible to focus on anything else” (Herald Scotland, August 2017) 

“French oboist François Leleux has a remarkable collection of musical talents, but it was his overriding desire to communicate, to tell his music’s stories, that marked out his Queen’s Hall recital as something very special” (The Scotsman August 2017) 

“Soloist Francois Leleux brought a bigger-than-life personality to this music (Strauss Oboe Concerto)…(he) delivered a virtual seminar, bringing a fresh, playful quality that suited this capricious score ideally. Leleux’s long, sustained phrasing was rendered with remarkable fluency and he played with the natural ease of one whose technique is complete, in a spirited and captivating performance.” (Chicago Classical Review, August 2017)

“It was nevertheless difficult to take our eyes of Leleux…the beauty of his sound made it almost impossible to focus on anything else” (Herald Scotland, August 2017) 

“French oboist François Leleux has a remarkable collection of musical talents, but it was his overriding desire to communicate, to tell his music’s stories, that marked out his Queen’s Hall recital as something very special” (The Scotsman August 2017) 

“Soloist Francois Leleux brought a bigger-than-life personality to this music (Strauss Oboe Concerto)…(he) delivered a virtual seminar, bringing a fresh, playful quality that suited this capricious score ideally. Leleux’s long, sustained phrasing was rendered with remarkable fluency and he played with the natural ease of one whose technique is complete, in a spirited and captivating performance.” (Chicago Classical Review, August 2017)

“The sparkling vitality of the conductor François Leleux was clear from the first movement of the "Kleine G Minor" … He carefully drew the leitmotiv out from the piano in a viscous legato, drove it up and chased it..” (Salzburger Nachrichten, February 2017) 

“What was the glue that held this Tanglewood program together?... It didn't take long — no longer than the opening number, the Saint-Saëns Oboe Sonata — to solve the puzzle. The answer: French oboist François Leleux, who cast himself prominently in four pieces… And when he was playing, he was unmistakably the force majeure, the star of the show.” (Berkshire Eagle, July 2016) 

“The Camerata Salzburg played under the direction of conductor and oboist Francois Leleux, who was as transparent and clear, as intense and focused as if this chamber orchestra were but a string quartet sitting on the podium” (Dreh Punkt Kultur, March 2016)

“…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)