François Leleux, renowned for bringing “bigger-than life personality” to his performances (Chicago Classical Review), regularly appears as soloist, conductor and player/director with the world’s leading orchestras, festivals and concert series. His pre-eminence as an oboist is internationally recognised, but in recent seasons Leleux has in parallel established a significant reputation as a conductor, working with orchestras such as Frankfurt Radio, Camerata Salzburg, Tonkünstler-Orchester Niederösterreich and Sydney, Swedish Radio and WDR symphony orchestras.
The 2017/18 season reflects every aspect of Leleux’s performing life. As conductor-and-soloist, he will appear with Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre de chambre de Paris and on tour with the Hungarian National Philharmonic. He will make conducting debuts with BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Gulbenkian Orchestra and is reinvited to Aalborg Symphony Orchestra as conductor. Concerto performances include a debut with Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and a return to Hong Kong Philharmonic. In his residency with Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg he will appear as soloist, conductor and chamber musician.
In previous seasons Leleux has been Artist-in-Residence with hr-Sinfonieorchester (2016/17), Guest Artistic Leader of the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra (2014/15), and Artist in Association with the Orchestre de chambre de Paris (2012-14).