Director / Oboe
François Leleux’s pre-eminence as an oboist is internationally recognised and he 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.
In recent seasons Leleux has in parallel developed a significant reputation as conductor and is now regularly in demand on the podium both with and without oboe in hand. During 2014/15 Leleux was Guest Artistic Director of the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra and from 2012-14 was Artist in Association with the Orchestre de chambre de Paris. He has also been invited as guest conductor by orchestras such as Sydney and Swedish Radio symphony orchestras, WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln, Camerata Salzburg, Tonkünstler-Orchester Niederösterreich.
A dedicated chamber musician, Leleux regularly performs with sextet Les Vents Français; and his recital partners include harpist Isabelle Moretti, violinist Lisa Batiashvili and pianists Emmanuel Strosser and Eric Le Sage.
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, Münchener Kammerorchester, and Bamberger Symphoniker. He is also Artist in Residence with the hr-Sinfonieorchester in Frankfurt with whom he will appear as soloist, conductor and chamber musician. As conductor and soloist he returns to Tonkünstler-Orchester Niederösterreich (with whom he makes his conducting debut at Vienna’s Musikverein), Camerata Salzburg at the Mozartwoche, Stavanger, Aalborg and Gävle symphony orchestras, Norwegian Chamber Orchestra and Orchestre de chambre de Paris.
Elsewhere in Europe Leleux has appeared at Berlin’s Philharmonie, Wiener Musikverein, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris and Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw. Further afield he has appeared with the New York Philharmonic, at the Mostly Mozart Festival, New York, Sydney Symphony Orchestra and NHK Symphony Orchestra. In recent years he has performed with distinguished conductors, such as Pierre Boulez, Mariss Jansons, Sir Colin Davis, Myung-Whun Chung, Thomas Dausgaard, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Yannick Nezet-Seguin, Thomas Hengelbrock, Ivan Fischer and Alan Gilbert.
Committed to expanding the oboe’s repertoire, Leleux has had many new works commissioned for him by composers such as Nicolas Bacri, Thierry Pécou, Gilles Silvestrini, Éric Tanguy, Giya Kancheli and Michael Jarrell. This season he will premiere a new oboe concerto Aquateinte by Micheal Jarrell which was co-commissioned by the Hessischer Rundfunk, Printemps des Arts de Monte-Carlo, Utah Symphony and Berner Sinfonieorchester. During 2014/15 he – together with his wife Lisa Batiashvili - gave world premiere performances, with NDR Sinfonieorchester Hamburg and the New York Philharmonic, of Thierry Escaich’s Double Concerto for Violin and Oboe.
Leleux has released several CDs on Sony Classical, including works by J.S.Bach with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and Mozart with Camerata Salzburg, as well as Strauss’s Oboe Concerto with Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra under Daniel Harding. His latest release is a disc of works by Hummel and Haydn, recorded with Münchener Kammerorchester, was awarded an Echo Klassik prize in 2016.
François Leleux is a Professor at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München.