BRANDT | PURCELL | BACH | RAKHMANINOFF | PONCHILELLI
ROMAIN LELEU | trumpet
GHISLAIN LEROY | organ
AUB | ASSEMBLY HALL | 8 pm
VASSILY BRANDT (1869 – 1923)
Concert Piece No. 2, , Op.12
HENRY PURCELL (1659 – 1695)
The Plaint of Dido, from Dido & Aeneas
JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH (1685 – 1750)
Prelude and fugue in A Minor BWV 543 (for organ)
JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH
Trumpet Concerto, BWV 972 (after Vivaldi)
JEAN-MICHEL DAMASE (1928 – 2013)
Trois Prières sans Paroles
SERGEI RAKHMANINOFF (1873 – 1943)
Vocalise No. 14, Op. 34
FELIX MENDELSSOHN (1809 – 1847)
Paulus Oratorio Overture, Op. 36 (for organ)
AMILCARE PONCHIELLI (1834 – 1886)
Theme and Variations
ROMAIN LELEU | TRUMPET
« The man who restored the trumpet’s prestige » TELERAMA
« The Concertos are marvellously played, with Leleu showing that he has the bravura of a flautist but can be remarkably stylish too. » GRAMOPHONE
Virtuoso and elegant, Romain Leleu is widely regarded as one of the leading trumpeter of his generation. « Instrumental soloist revelation » by the French Grammy Awards Victoires de la Musique, he has built an international career on the five continents, in recital as well as with world class orchestras.
He studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique (Paris, France) and at the Karlsruhe Musikochschule in Germany, and was awarded several prizes (Classic revelation Adami, the Banque Populaire Foundation, the SAFRAN Foundation for Music, and the Prize for the Del Duca Foundation of the Fine Arts Academy).
Romain Leleu is a regular guest at prestigious festivals – Roque d’Anthéron, Pablo Casals of Prades, Colmar, Menton, Radio France-Montpellier, Reims Flâneries Musicales, Auvers-sur-Oise, Nantes and Japan Folle Journée, Brussels Musiq3, Seoul Spring Festival; and at international venues – Bucarest Athéneum, Seoul Arts Center, Sejong Concert Hall, Ongakudo Hall Kanazawa, Hermitage St Petersburg Theatre, Cincinnati Museum Center, Salle Pleyel and Théâtre des Champs Elysées (Paris).
With a wide repertoire ranging from Baroque to 21 century music, and a predilection for the Haydn Concerto, Romain Leleu has commissioned and premiered numerous new works by contemporary composers including Martin Mataton (Trame XII for Trumpet and Orchestra), Philippe Hersant (Folk Tunes for Solo Trumpet), Karol Beffa (Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra, Subway for Trumpet and Piano), Jean-Baptiste Robin (Récits Héroïques for Trumpet and Organ), Vincent Peirani (Random Obsession).
Since giving his first concert with the Orchestre des Concerts Colonne at the age of 14, Romain Leleu has established a soloist international career. He regularly appears with major French orchestras, French National Orchestra, Toulouse Capitole National Orchestra, Lille National Orchestra, Lorraine National Orchestra, Paris Chamber Orchestra, Auvergne Chamber Orchestra, Ile- de-France National Orchestra, and from abroad, Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester Frankfurt, Dresdner Kappellsolisten, Württembergisches Kammerorchester Heilbronn, Baltic Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa, Slovak Sinfonietta, St-Petersburg Hermitage State Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfonica de Mineria Mexico, Lebanese Philharmonic Orchestra.
As a chamber musician he also often loves to pair with Thierry Escaich, Adam Laloum, Ghislain Leroy, François Dumont, Ibrahim Maalouf, Frank Braley to name but a few.
His keen interest in transcribing music led him to create the Ensemble Convergences, a string quintet, in 2010. While revisiting the Classics with his chamber ensemble, Romain Leleu wanted to give a new breathe to the trumpet repertoire.
All Romain Leleu’s discography on the Sony and Aparté/Harmonia Mundi labels has been critically acclaimed and awarded (RTL Gold Classic, Diapason 5, Pizzicato, Resmusica), widely radio broadcasted (Radio Classique, FIP, France Musique, Classic FM, Musiq3).
Romain Leleu gives international masterclasses in regional and superior conservatories in France, and abroad (Spanish Brass Academy, Seoul National University, Tokyo College of Music, Merida International Brass Academy in Mexico, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Tbilissi Conservatory of Music).
He is the Trumpet Collection manager for the Gérard Billaudot Publishing House (Paris).
Highlights for the 2017-2018 season will be the Shostakovich Concerto with the Brandenburgischen Staatsorchesters Frankfurt; world premiere of the Beintus Concerto with Frank Braley and the Royal Chamber Orchestra of Wallonie; tour with Thierry Escaich in South America and USA; a recital at the Royal Albert Hall in London; a new “Inspirations” concert series with Ensemble Convergences.
Romain Leleu was awarded Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication in January 2016; he has been appointed to the post of teacher at the Lyon Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse in 2018.
He is represented by Konzertagentur Caecilia in Zurich and Geneva.
Romain Leleu is a Yamaha Performing Artist.
GHISLAIN LEROY | ORGAN
Ghislain Leroy is considered as one of the most gifted organists of his generation. Educated at the conservatoires of Lille and Rueil Malmaison, and at the Conservatoire of Paris and Conservatoire de Lyon, his teachers were François-Henri Houbart, Jean Boyer, Louis Robillard, François Espinasse, Liesbeth Schlumberger and Jean-François Zygel.
Honored at the international competitions of Kotka (Finland) and Lübeck (Germany), he wins the first Grand Prix of interpretation at the Concours international de la ville de Paris, at the age of 22. Since then, he has been invited to perform at prestigious internatinal festivals such as le Festival de Radio-France Montpellier, le Festival des grandes orgues de Chartres, Toulouse les Orgues, le Festival d’art sacré de la ville de Paris, Contrepoint 62, La Chaise-Dieu, le Festival de Musica y Danzade Granada (Spain), le Festival de Las Piñas (Philippines) and many others. He has performed in most European countries, as well as Russia and Asia.
As a long-term resident at the Sapporo Concert Hall (Japan), he is both a concertist and a teacher, performing at numerous concerts in Tokyo (Suntory Hall; Opera city; Metropolitan Art Space), Osaka, Nagoya and Kanazawa.
He regularly works with different orchestras such as the NHK Symphony Orchestra, the Lille National Orchestra, the Opera Orchestra of Rouen Haute-Normandie, the Sapporo Symphony Orchestra, under the leading of conductors such as Andrey Boreyko, Charles Dutoit or Tadaaki Otaka.
Ghislain Leroy also works with various Vocal Ensembles: Sequenza 9.3, le Chœur Britten or Aedes among many others. In duet with Romain Leleu, he has enriched the repertoire associating the trumpet and the organ by the transcription or the creation of original works, being always on the lookout for varied and unexpected programs.
In regards for his intimate knowledge of the repertoire and of instrumental styles, Ghislain Leroy is a very appreciated musician, and he likes offering in his program a wide variety of works covering over four centuries of music ; his concerts are regularly broadcast on the radio or on TV (Radio France, Radio Nacional de Espana, Ule 1 Finland, NHK).
Heir to the French Organ School, he is also a staunch supporter of contemporary musical creation, performing the most recent works by Valery Aubertin, Jean-Louis Florentz, Vincent Paulet, Jean-Pierre Leguay and Thomas Lacôte.
As a certified Organ Teacher, Ghislain Leroy teaches at the Laon and Soissons conservatoires. He has also tenure of the Pascal Quoirin organ at Le Touquet and is the titular organist at Notre Dame de la Treille Cathedral in Lille.