CHARLIER | SAINT-SAENS | ENESCO | JOBIM | PIAZZOLLA
ROMAIN LELEU | trumpet
FRANÇOIS DUMONT | piano
ENSEMBLE CONVERGENCES | string quintet
Baabdath | St. Anthony of Padua Church | 8 pm
THÉO CHARLIER (1868 – 1944)
‘Solo de Concours’ for trumpet and piano
GEORGES ENESCO (1881 – 1955)
‘Légende’ for trumpet and piano
Piano solo piece
CAMILLE SAINT-SAËNS (1835 – 1921)
Septet for trumpet, piano and strings, Op. 65
Gavotte et final
JOSPEH KOSMA (1905 – 1969)
Les Feuilles Mortes
ANTÔNIO CARLOS JOBIM (1927 – 1994)
Águas de Março
Chega de Saudade
JOAQUÍN TURINA (1882 – 1949)
La Oracion del Torero
ASTOR PIAZZOLLA (1921 – 1992)
Saint Louis en l’Ile
Fuga y Misterio
ROMAIN LELEU | TRUMPET
“The man who restored the trumpet’s prestige” TELERAMA
“The Concertos are marvelously 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 trumpeters 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 the 21st century music, and a predilection for the Haydn Concertos, 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 career of an international soloist. 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 and 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 were 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.
Romain Leleu is represented by Konzertagentur Caecilia in Zurich and Geneva. He is a Yamaha Performing Artist.
FRANÇOIS DUMONT | PIANO
French pianist François Dumont’s international career has been launched by his success in major international piano competitions winning prizes in the Chopin Competition, the Queen Elisabeth Competition, the Clara Haskil Competition, the Montecarlo Piano Masters. He has been nominated for the “Victoires de la musique”, a major French classical music event. He has received the Prix de la Révélation from the Syndicate of Music Critics in France.
François Dumont has been chosen by Leonard Slatkin to play and record both Ravel concerti with the Orchestre National de Lyon. The CD will be issued for Naxos during the 2017-18 season.
He appears as a soloist with orchestras such as the Cleveland Orchestra, the Mariinsky Theater Orchestra, the Montecarlo Philharmonic, the Warsaw National Philharmonic, the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, the Tokyo Symphony with conductors such as Jesùs Lopez-Cobos, Antoni Wit, Arie van Beek, Philippe Bender and Stefan Sanderling.
François Dumont was fourteen years old when he entered the Paris Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Bruno Rigutto’s class. He later studied at the prestigious Lake Como International Piano Academy with artists such as Dmitri Bashkirov, Leon Fleisher, Murray Perahia, William Grant Naboré, Menahem Pressler, Andreas Staier and Fou Ts’ong.
François Dumont is invited to perform recitals in major venues such as the Festival International de la Roque d’Anthéron, the ‘Piano aux Jacobins’ Festival à Toulouse, Chopin Festival in Nohant, Kennedy Center in Washington and many others. He regularly tours Japan and China.
His solo recordings include the Complete Mozart Sonatas (Anima Records), a Chopin album (Artalinna), a Wagner/Liszt programme (Piano Classics), a double CD “live from Chopin Competition”, published by the National Chopin Institute in Warsaw, as well as the complete piano music of Maurice Ravel (Piano Classics) and two Bach projects. His recordings of Mozart Concerti with the Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne, directed from the keyboard, have been praised for their “clarity of elocution”, their “ideal sense of equilibrium” and “delightful classicism”.
ENSEMBLE CONVERGENCES | STRING QUINTET
This unique ensemble created by Romain Leleu brings the trumpet together with a string quintet. It is composed of audacious musicians who are also members of some of the finest French orchestras. Their versatility and spontaneity enable them to present original programs ranging from Baroque to contemporary work and film music, renewing the recital formula, taking away the barriers of style and period. Programs breathe new life into the trumpet and its declensions, showcasing the wide variety of the instrument’s possibilities: roundness, versatility and brilliant timber. Ensemble Convergences is regularly invited to appear at major international festivals, such as those of Colmar, Festival d’Auvers sur Oise, Sully sur Loire, La Vézère, Menton, Flâneries Musicales de Reims, Haut Limousin, Salle Gaveau Paris, Alhambra Paris, the Festival des Forêts, Chambord, Festival des Grands Crus Musicaux, Festival Classique au Vert in Paris. Ensemble Convergences musicians love going out to meet new audiences: the ensemble was recently on tour in Korea, Algeria, Morocco, Turkey, Belgium, Switzerland and Mexico. They regularly conduct educational programs for wider audiences to share musical moments with them. Ensemble Convergences first album « Sur la Route » was released in 2013 with Aparté/Harmonia Mundi and received high regards by the public and the press. It is one of the top-selling Classical music albums. Their new album « Inspirations » was released in September 2016 with Aparté/Hamonia Mundi, and was awarded « Coup de cœur » from Radio Classique, « Classical cd of the month » by FIP french radio (Radio France), and « CD of the week » by Classic FM Nederland, and selected by RTBF Musiq’3 Radio. During the 2017-18 season, Ensemble Convergences and Romain Leleu performed in numerous festivals in France and abroad with their program Inspirations such as Folle Journée de Nantes, Ekaterimburg, Taipei, to cite but a few.
Members of Ensemble Convergences are Guillaume Antonini (violin I), Manuel Doutrelant (violin II), Alphonse Dervieux (viola), Julien Decoin (cello) and Mathieu Petit (double bass).
GUILLAUME ANTONINI | VIOLIN I
Guillaume Antonini, violinist, is from Avignon. Eclectic musician, he performs in different formations: Ensemble Convergences with trumpet player Romain Leleu;Leonis quartet, which he founded and of which he is the first violin; Quintet “Swing de Paris” (Jazz) dedicated to the music of Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli; Duet with singer Anne-Emmanuelle Davy around the forty-four “Kafka Fragments” by Gyorgi Kurtag and various creations of Jean-Pascal Chaigne, Jean Marc Jouve. He collaborates on a solo and electronic violin recital with composer Jacopo Baboni Schilingi, with whom he plays regularly. In 2012, he was appointed Music Director of the new Peer Gynt, a creation of Irina Brook at the Salzburg Opera and Theater Festival. Passionate about teaching, Guillaume Antonini holds the Certificate of Aptitude and has taught violin at the C.R.D Romainville (93) since September 2013. He plays an instrument specially made for him by Stefan Von Baehr since 2011.
MANUEL DOUTRELANT | VIOLIN II
Manuel Doutrelant, violinist, is from Lille. He is a member of the Ensemble Convergences, for which he makes most of the arrangements that forge the particular identity of this ensemble. In 2014, he joined the Ludwig Quartet. Since 2010, Manuel Doutrelant has been professor of chamber music at the Conservatoire d’Arras and music director of the Conservatoire Symphonic Orchestra. He studied conducting with Jean-Sébastien Béreau, trainer of the greatest conductors of today, and in 2009 he won a unanimous conducting first prize, with the congratulations of the jury. He is also trained by the American conductor Adrian McDonnell. He is guest conductor of the Nord-Pas-de-Calais Youth Orchestra, the Lachrymae Ensemble, the Douai Orchestra (musical director: Jean-Jacques Kantorow) and guest of honor of the National Orchestra from Guatemala. Manuel Doutrelant is also in great demand as an arranger-orchestrator, which allows him to navigate many musical horizons, from the Lille National Orchestra (Jean-Claude Casadesus) to the singer Matthieu Chédid (-M-).He also works with the Quatuor Voce, the Leonis Quartet, the Douai Orchestra (Jean-Jacques Kantorow), the Péniche-Opéra in Paris, the orchestra of the Opera-Theater of Limoges, the Ensemble La Follia, violinist Nemanja Radulovic or singer Juliette. Member of Sacem, SACG, Manuel Doutrelant has been published by Choudens since 2008.
ALPHONSE DERVIEUX | VIOLA
Alphonse Dervieux, violist, is a member of the ensemble Convergences and the Leonis quartet.
He collaborates with artistic personalities as varied as Jean-François Zygel, Claire Désert, Philippe Girard, Scali Delpeyrat, Philippe Berrod, Olivier Charlier, Marie-Josèphe Jude, Mireille Delunch, David Grimal, Olivier Py or Ariane Ascaride.
Winner of the international string quartet competition in Geneva in 2006, he is also the first prize winner of the young musician’s competition and winner of the national competition of young violists. Alphonse Dervieux has been playing a viola by Stephan Von Baehr since 2002.
JULIEN DECOIN | CELLO
Julien Decoin, cellist, discovered this instrument very young never to leave it. After his studies, he turned to chamber music, including the Quatuors Voce and now Leonis, the ensemble Convergences. He met extraordinary personalities (G. Pichler, Y. Bashmet, O. Py, M. Merzouki, A. Ascaride, Mr. Da Silva, Mr. Chedid, J. Bojko etc.). During his various orchestral experiences, it was again and again encounters with artists of great wealth (D. Oren, J.L. Cobos, P. Boulez …). The cello allowed him to travel, to discover cultures, lifestyles, varied worlds, touching, refined or hard, violent or bucolic … He lives with the cello hung on his shoulder, generating meetings, sharing discoveries, with music for only language!
MATHIEU PETIT | DOUBLE BASS
Mathieu Petit, bassist, starts the double bass at CNR D’Aubervilliers-la-Courneuve where he obtains his first prizes in double bass, chamber music, history of music, analysis and musical training. He then continued his studies at the CNSM in Paris where he graduated with a 1st prize. He joined the Orchestre National de Lille, where he holds the position of solo double bass. He is also a member of the ensemble Convergences, and of the duet double bass and harp he forms with Anne Le Roy Petit. He is invited regularly as professor at the summer music academy.