Concerts | Thomas Leleu

Thomas Leleu

Event Information

Friday, Mar 1, 2013
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

At The French Cultural Center

Member Price: $10.00
Non-Member Price: $15.00
RSVP Required (call 617-912-0400)

NEC students and teachers: $10.00

© Philippe Doignon


Event Description

The French Cultural Center is thrilled to welcome Thomas Leleu, 2012 French Grammy Award winner in the “Instrumental Soloist Revelation of the Year" category, in collaboration with the New England Conservatory.

For his first United States tour, Thomas Leleu designed a program that allows the public to discover tuba though a diverse repertory: he will play original pieces as well as transcription of baroque music, contemporary music and improvised pieces. As solo tuba player at the Orchestre de l’Opéra de Marseille, he pays tribute to French opera with selections from two masterpieces: George Bizet’s Carmen and Camille Saint-Saëns’ Samson and Delilah.

After a first part dedicated to classical music, the program will present some contemporary music including some South American pieces, for which he has a particular affection. The concert will conclude with a musical wink to the virtuosity of the violin: Vittorio Monti’s famous Czardas will show that tuba, the brass instrument with the lowest register, can play as fast as a violin !

Reception to follow the concert.


About Thomas Leleu

At only 23 years old, Thomas Leleu is considered the new prodigy of the French Tuba. This talented soloist, recognized by his peers, already has an impressive career. In the hands, the tuba indeed reveals all its wealth, all its delicacy, all its complexity, a color palette which seems infinite and can finally find a kind of virginity, a new youth.

Thomas was born in 1987 in Lille (northern France), and first learned to play tuba with his father. In 2000, he continued his studies in Lille, at the National Conservatory. Five years later he received an award for Chamber Music and a gold medal for Tuba playing with the highest level of distinction.

At the age of 17, with a top scholarship, he entered the National Music and Dance Conservatory of Paris.

Already laureate from prestigious international contests in Markneukirchen (Germany), Jeju (South Korea) and Luxembourg, Thomas was nominated tuba soloist for the Marseille Philharmonic Opera, at the age of 19, on the basis of formal selection. Thomas has also played under prestigious conductors such as Kurt Mazur, M.W. Chung, KrysztovPenderecki, TughanSokiev, Sir Colin Davis, and James Conlon.

About Mana Tokuno

Pianist Mana Tokuno has received wide acclaim for her sensitive and insightful interpretations and her brilliant virtuosity. First Prize winner of the prestigious Competition Internationalé, she also received the Leo Sirota Award for Piano Solo Performance at the Corpus Christi International Competition, as well as the Special Award for Schubert Interpretation at the International Competition Valsesia Musica in Varallo, Italy. Among other honors, Tokuno was selected in two consecutive seasons from a worldwide pool of applicants to perform in professional training workshops by Daniel Barenboim (on Beethoven Sonatas) and Leon Fleischer (on late Schubert Sonatas) at Carnegie Hall. Ms. Tokuno was formerly on the faculty of Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts. She has been on faculty for the New England Conservatory Preparatory School in Boston since 2008.

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