Romain Leleu studied classical trumpet at the Paris Conservatoire (CNSMD), where he won first prizes in trumpet and in chamber music performance before continuing his training with Reinhold Friedrich at the Karlsruhe Musikhochschule. Since then, he has enjoyed a brilliant career as soloist, navigating between the Baroque repertoire and new music, without neglecting his work as arranger that in 2010 led him to create the Ensemble Convergences. Renamed the Romain Leleu Sextet, the exquisite combination of trumpet and string quintet allows him to revisit the great masterpieces of classical and non-classical music. In the summer of 2020, he and his sibling, the tuba player Thomas Leleu, founded the Duo Leleu Brothers.
Praised for his radiant tone and assured technique, Romain Leleu gave his first concert at the age of 14 and in quick succession was named the ADAMI “Classical music revelation”, winner of the Group Banque Populaire Foundation, of the SAFRAN Foundation for Music, and of the Prize of the Del Duca Foundation of the French Academy of Fine Arts. He was chosen for the “Instrumental Soloist Revelation” of the year award at the 2009 Victoires de la Musique Classique and named Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.
He performs as soloist on all five continents, both in recital and alongside the greatest orchestras at such venues as the Royal Albert Hall, the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, the Luxembourg Philharmonie, and the Seoul Arts Center. As a chamber musician, his open-mindedness and spirit of dialogue have found grateful partners in Thierry Escaich, Adam Laloum, Ibrahim Maalouf, and Frank Braley. He is also an editor of trumpet collection scores at the Éditions Gérard Billaudot, Paris, and already has several recordings to his credit. Alongside Face à Face, the present album marks the start of his partnership with harmonia mundi.
Romain Leleu is a Yamaha Performing Artist, a Génération Spedidam Artist, and is represented by IMG Artists.
Updated September 2022