François Leleux

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

In the 2018/19 season, François Leleux will appear as conductor and soloist with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, hr-Sinfonieorchester, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Tonkünstler Orchestra, and on tour with the Camerata Salzburg and violinist Lisa Batiashvili. His concerto performances include a return to the Münchener Kammerorchester, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, and the Berner Symphonie-Orchester for the Swiss premiere of Michael Jarrell’s oboe concerto Aquateinte. He concludes his season in residency with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife in Spain.

Last season, Leleux appeared as conductor and soloist with the Gulbenkian Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, where he was praised for his “immaculate technique with a dazzlingly vivid identification with his music” (The Scotsman). He also toured with the Hungarian National Philharmonic, and returned to the Aalborg Symphony Orchestra as conductor. Mr. Leleux’s concerto performances included a debut with Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and a return to the Hong Kong Philharmonic. As the Artist-in-Residence with Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg he appeared as conductor, soloist, and chamber musician.

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