JEAN-BAPTISTE ROBIN, Organist
ROMAIN LELEU, Trumpeter
Two of France’s most celebrated, visible, and prolific 21st-century musicians – concert organist Jean-Baptiste Robin and trumpeter Romain Leleu – have frequently collaborated in recital and recording, and they not only bring to the listener the thrilling clarion style that is the hallmark of the French Baroque but also great innovation in the new compositions they perform by Mr. Robin and other contemporary composers.
With his 2010 appointment as Organist of the Royal Chapel at the Palace of Versailles, Jean-Baptiste Robin was placed in the order of succession with Couperin, Marchand, Daquin, and Balbastre as “court musician” of that world-renowned palace. Widely regarded as one of the most accomplished French organists, composers, and master teachers of his generation, he also serves as Professor of Organ and Composition at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Regional in Versailles. His frequent performance tours have presented him in recitals in more than 20 European countries, Japan, South Korea, Russia, Israel, Canada, China, and in nearly half of the 50 United States, including the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, Woolsey Hall at Yale University, Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania, and the Cincinnati Museum Center.
He has over 50 compositions, from solo instruments to symphony orchestra, which have been performed by the Orchestre National de France, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Maitrise de Notre-Dame de Paris, and the Ensemble Intercontemporain. In 2016 his organ concerto was performed at the Victoria Concert Hall in Geneva. He composed a new work for solo organ for the 2018 national convention of the American Guild of Organists in Kansas City and he received a commission for the Symphonic Orchestra of Radio France for April 2019. Mr. Robin released a CD on the Brilliant Classics label of his own compositions for organ and various instruments entitled Fantaisie Mécanique, which includes works for trumpet and organ performed with Romain Leleu. In 2019 a new CD, Once upon a Time, recorded on the organ of the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles will be released.
Jean-Baptiste Robin studied at the National Superior Conservatory of Music in Paris, winning seven “Premier Prix” and two post-graduate diplomas. He studied the organ with Marie-Claire Alain, Olivier Latry, Michel Bouvard, and Louis Robilliard, and composition with George Benjamin at King’s College, London.
Elected “instrumental soloist revelation” by the French Victoires de la Musique (French Grammy Awards) in 2009, Romain Leleu is considered one of the best performers of his generation. Trained by Eric Aubier, he entered the Paris Conservatoire at the age of ﬁfteen. In 2003, he was awarded a premier prix for trumpet, followed by the Chamber Music Prize (both with honors). He went on to study with Reinhold Friedrich at the Musikhochschule in Karlsruhe (Germany). With a repertoire ranging from Baroque concertos to works of the twenty-ﬁrst century, Romain Leleu appears as a soloist with the principal French national and regional orchestras (including those of the Ile de France National Orchestra in Salle Pleyel, the Lille National Orchestra, the Lorraine National Orchestra, the Auvergne Orchestra, the Cannes Regional Orchestra, the Picardie Orchestra, the Bretagne Orchestra, the Marseille Opera Philharmonic Orchestra, the Nancy Symphonic and Lyrical Orchestra, the Paris Orchestral Ensemble, the Republican Guard Orchestra), as well as with orchestras abroad – the Wurttembergisches Kammerorchester Heilbronn, the Baltic Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa, the Slovak Sinfonietta, the St Petersburg Hermitage State Orchestra, the Saratov State Symphony Orchestra, the Kosovo Philharmonic Orchestra, and many others, in addition to appearances in major music festivals throughout the world.
He has premiered new works by 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). As a chamber musician, Romain Leleu appears with Thierry Escaich, Olivier Vernet, Igor Tchetuev, the Convergences Ensemble, and others. He is the ADAMI “classical music revelation” (2005), winner of the International Contest of Lyon Chamber Music (2005), of the International Contest “Lieska Brass Week” in Finland, of the FMAJI (1999), of the Group Banque Populaire Foundation (2009), of the SAFRAN Foundation for Music (2010), and of the Prize for the Del Duca Foundation of the Fine Arts Academy (2011) Académie des Beaux Arts.
Romain’s discography includes recordings released under the Aparté/Harmonia Mundi and Sony labels. HIs recordings have earned great success with the general public as well as with the critics (RTL Gold Classic, Diapason 5, Radio Classique selection, Pizzicato, Resmusica). Romain Leleu is a regular teacher of international master classes in France and abroad (numerous Regional and Superior Conservatories in France, Seoul National University, Tokyo College of Music, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Merida International Brass Academy in Mexico, Cagliari International Summer Academy, and others). He is trumpet teacher in Aubervilliers Regional National Conservatory and director of trumpet collection in Editions Billaudot, Paris.
THE ROBIN-LELEU DUO WILL BE ON TOUR IN THE UNITED STATES & CANADA FROM OCTOBER 1 ̶ 20, 2019.
The duo of Jean-Baptiste Robin and Romain Leleu is represented in North America exclusively by Phillip Truckenbrod Concert Artists, LLC.
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