A virtuoso tuba, a trumpet with a velvet sound, and a French accordion that is sometimes singing and sometimes orchestral are joining forces for a very special concert. A program with a wide repertoire, from baroque music to French Chanson and from romantic composers to West Side Story extracts of the amazing Leonard Bernstein.
THOMAS LELEU | Tuba
FELICIEN BRUT| Accordion
ROMAIN LELEU | Trumpet
Baabdath | Maronite Parish Hall
8:00 pm | Free Entrance
A. PIAZZOLLA (1921 -1992)
E. GRIEG (1843 – 1907)
Norwegian Danses No. 2 & 3
L. BERNSTEIN (1918 – 1990)
‘Tonight’ – From West Side Story
J. OFFENBACH (1819 – 1880)
Duet for 2 cellos (tuba & Accordion)
C. HOHNE (1871 – 1934)
Slavonic Fantasy for trumpet & accordion
G. VERDI (1813 – 1901)
Dita alla giovine – From La Traviata
Toccata – Accordion solo
L. BERNSTEIN (1918 – 1990)
Finale of 1st Act – From West Side Story
R. MENDEZ (1906 – 1981)
Romance for trumpet and accordion
V. MONTI (1868 – 1922)
Czardas – Arrangement by Oystein Baadsvik for tuba and accordion
C. THOMAIN, E. BOUVELLE & T. PERRINE
Medley of Musette Walzes for accordion solo
R. GALLIANO (b. 1950)
‘Tango pour Claude’
“La star mondiale du tuba” Frédéric Taddéï, EUROPE 1
“Le surdoué du Tuba” La Croix
Thomas Leleu is the first tuba player to have ever won the award “Revelation Instrumental Soloist of the Year” at the annual French classical music award event, the Victoires de la musique classique. At only 29 years of age, Thomas Leleu is considered as “the young world star of the tuba”.
Thomas Leleu started to play the tuba with his father and later studied with François Thuillier and Philippe Legris. He joined the Conservatoire de Paris (the CNSM, Higher National Conservatory of Music and Dance in Paris) at age 17, having won the first prize of the open competition, and joined the tuba class of Gérard Buquet and Bernard Neuranter and the chamber music class of Jens Mc Manama.
After a three-year training course he obtained the first prize for tuba and a degree awarded with distinctions. Thomas Leleu earned awards in several competitions throughout the world such as in Markneukirchen – Germany, Jeju City – South Korea, and Luxembourg. He has been principal tubist with the Opera de Marseille since he turned 19. Thomas Leleu gives soloist concerts and master classes all around the world.
Thomas is also Ambassador of Buffet Crampon and a Meinl-Weston Artist since 2011. He has contributed with the German firm to the creation of his own tuba : the 2250TL French Touch, which he has been playing since 2011.
Félicien Brut is now recognized as one the most innovative and eclectic accordionists of his generation. From popular music to erudite music, from improvisation to written work or from original pieces to the most unexpected transcripts, he keeps on defending the polymorphic characteristic of the young instrument that is the accordion.
Born in 1986 in the Auvergne Region, the ultimate land of traditional music and cradle of his instrument, Félicien began his musical training at 6 years old, with a first approach of the popular musette repertoire, inherently linked to his instrument’s history. In 1996, spotted by Jacques Mornet and Nathalie Boucheix, he entered in the National and International Academy of Music and Accordion (CNIMA – J. Mornet) where he discovered, through the numerous French and foreign accordionists, swing, classical and contemporary repertoires. Without choosing an aesthetic over another, he soon confirmed his desire to work with all styles and his wish to consider the musical act as free of any constraints, prejudices and any reportorial barriers.
In 2007, Félicien won successively the three most prestigious international accordion competitions: the International Competion of Kilngenthal in Germany, the International Competition of Castelfidardo in Italy and the Accordion World Trophy in Samara in Russia. These prizes led him in 2008 onto the international stages of many festivals in Russia, Italy, Norway, Finland, Portugal and Serbia.
In 2014, Félicien decided to pay tribute to the twentieth century musical icon, symbol of the alliance between popular and classical music: Astor Piazzolla. He created the Astoria Trio, a formation dedicated to the Nuevo Tango and he released in april 2016, his first album « Soledad del Escualo », which was enthusiastically welcomed by professionals. The same year, he created the Enigma Duo, combining violin and accordion to a repertoire without any temporal or stylistic boundaries.
In 2017, Félicien Brut decided to surround himself with Hermès quartet and double bassist Édouard Macarez within the surprising project « Le Pari des Bretelles », with the objective of bring together Classical Music and Musette. The success of this formation is immediate and led him to perform in prestigious concert halls and festivals like « La Seine Musicale », « Les Flâneries Musicales de Reims », les « Folles journées de Nantes et de Tokyo », etc.
Félicien was a guest of the festival « Un Violon sur Sable » in Royan for the creation of « Caprice d’accordéoniste », piece for soloist accordionist and symphony orchestra, a command to his fetish composer Thibault Perrine. In April 2019, he created the concerto « Souvenirs de Bal » with the orchestra of Cannes while continuing to discover his « Le Pari des bretelles » in Poland, Japan, Russia and in Germany.
“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.