“When the space is filled by a conductor and soloist with the outsize charisma and musicianship of the French oboist Francois Leleux, the effect is doubled.”(The Arts Desk)
Artistic Partner: Camerata Salzburg
François Leleux – conductor and oboist – is renowned for his irrepressible energy and exuberance. Leleux was previously Artistic Partner of Camerata Salzburg, Artist-in-Association with Orchestre de Chambre de Paris and has featured as Artist-in-Residence with orchestras such as hr-Sinfonieorchester, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, Berner Symphonieorchester, Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, and Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife.
In the 2022/23 season, Leleux will conduct the Swedish Chamber Orchestra, WDR Sinfonieorchester, Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra and Tiroler Symphonieorchester. He has previously conducted orchestras such as Oslo Philharmonic, Orchestre National de Lille and the Sydney, Gulbenkian and Tonkünstler orchestras.
As an oboist Leleux has performed as soloist with orchestras such as New York Philharmonic, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Budapest Festival Orchestra, and the Swedish Radio and the NHK symphony orchestras. A dedicated chamber musician, he regularly performs worldwide with sextet Les Vents Français and with recital partners Lisa Batiashvili, Eric Le Sage and Emmanuel Strosser.
Committed to expanding the oboe’s repertoire, Leleux has commissioned many new works from composers such as Nicolas Bacri, Michael Jarrell, Giya Kancheli, Thierry Pécou, Gilles Silvestrini and Eric Tanguy. In recent seasons, he has premiered an oboe concerto by Laurent Petitgirard, ‘Souen Wou K’ong’ written especially for him (2021/22); the cor anglais version of Debussy’s Rapsodie for saxophone, also arranged especially for him by Silvestrini (2017/18); Jarrell’s oboe concerto Aquateinte (2016/17); and Thierry Escaich’s Double Concerto for Violin and Oboe, whose premiere performances Leleux and his wife Lisa Batiashvili gave with NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester and New York Philharmonic.
Leleux’s latest recording, ‘Bienvenue en France’, released on Warner Classics is a collaboration with pianist Emmanuel Strosser featuring 20th century French composers including Saint-Saëns, Dutilleux and Debussy and the contemporary Thierry Pécou. As a conductor, Leleux and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra released an album of works by Bizet and Gounod for Linn Records in 2019. His album of works by Hummel and Haydn, recorded with Münchener Kammerorchester, received award recognition in 2016. Other recordings include works by J.S. Bach with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Mozart with Camerata Salzburg, and Strauss’s Oboe Concerto with Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra under Daniel Harding.
François Leleux is a Professor at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München.
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“Yet, at this concert under Leleux’s baton and in the excellent interpretation of the [Hungarian] National Philharmonic, it is revealed that [Schubert’s Symphony No. 9 “the Great” in C major] is by no means a sorrowful, immense, dark, monumental and egotistic work, but an airy, easy-going, translucent, beautifully melodic, deeply thrilling and alluring piece imbued with captivating rhythms.”
“To be frank, I had never heard anything like this. Leleux is an absolutely fabulous virtuoso; he masters his oboe to an incredible extent. It was a phenomenal pleasure to listen to him.”
“Leleux leads the SCO’s crack wind soloists in a sprightly account of the Gounod and has a delicious way with the Bizet pieces: few recorded performances have delivered such an ideal balance between winds and strings, and such Terpsichorean joie de vivre.”
“when the space is filled by a conductor and soloist with the outsize charisma and musicianship of the French oboist Francois Leleux, the effect is doubled… Leleux’s magnetism is such that the ensemble didn’t once sag or smudge… with the chamber-sized CBSO by now clearly willing to follow him anywhere, it sparkled with dew”
“Wielding a baton or his oboe, Leleux’s instrumental ebullience is reciprocated, whether he is soloist on his own instrument or directing the orchestra with irrepressible energy”
“As an oboist, Leleux is a remarkably charismatic, flamboyant performer, matching immaculate technique with a dazzlingly vivid identification with his music. Those qualities continue in his conducting – detailed, demanding, but full of such abundant enthusiasm that you’re swept up in it from the first moment”
“As a conductor, Leleux brings French elegance to Liszt’s leitmotif of Romanticism… The orchestra shines with beautiful solos of the wind instruments, shows itself as a flexible sound body, led by Leleux with sparkling energy.”
“It was nevertheless difficult to take our eyes of Leleux…the beauty of his sound made it almost impossible to focus on anything else”
“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”
“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.”
“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..”
“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.”
“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”
“…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.”
“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.”