Romain Leleu

French trumpet player (1983, Lille)

Romain Leleu is a young virtuoso trumpet player, recognisable by his refreshing and jovial character permeating his performance on violin and his singing.

After being coached by Eric Aubier, Romain Leleu joined the Paris Conservatory (CNSM) at age 15 and studied under Clément Garrec. He graduated in 2003 with a First prize for trumpet with honors, followed by a chamber music First prize with unanimous honors. After graduating, he went on to work with Reinhold Friedrich at the Karlsruhe Hochschule für Musik in Germany.

He started to perform as a soloist, playing the concerto repertoire as well as contemporary works. He was invited by many regional, national and foreign orchestras, appearing all over the world during the most important European and foreign festivals. Composers Karol Beffa and Philippe Hersant wrote pieces for him. As a chamber musician, he collaborated with Thierry Escaich, Olivier Vernet and the Kheops ensemble.

He was elected "classical music revelation" by ADAMI in 2005 and was laureate of the Chamber Music International Competition of Lyon in France the same year; he was elected "revelation of the year 2009" in the solo instrumentalist category at the Victoires de la Musique Classique and was awarded a prize from Fondation Simone et Cino del Duca in 2011. He succeeded conductor Emmanuel Leducq-Barôme as the director of the Saint-Yrieix Festival for the year 2012.

Leleu regularly teaches Master classes in France, Korea and Japan and has recorded four albums, all critically acclaimed.

6 landmark dates in the life of Romain Leleu:

2000: Founded the Feeling Brass Quintet

2003: 1st Prize with honors at the Paris Conservatory

2008: Released his first album dedicated to the contemporary repertoire for trumpet and piano with music label Indesens

2009: Was elected “Revelation of the year" in the solo instrumentalist category at the Victoires de la musique classique

2010: Recorded an album of performances by Hummel, Haydn and Neruda's repertoire with music label Aparté

2012: Directed the Saint-Yrieix-la-Perche festival 

Official website: http://www.romainleleu.com

Biography from Radio France document database, December 2013