In recent seasons Leleux has in parallel developed a significant reputation as conductor and is now regularly in demand on the podium both with and without oboe in hand. During 2014/15 Leleux was Guest Artistic Director of the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra and from 2012-14 he was Artist in Asso-ciation with the Orchestre de chambre de Paris. He has also been invited as guest conductor by Budapest Festival Orchestra and WDR Symphony Orchestra.
A dedicated chamber musician, Leleux regularly performs with sextet Les Vents Français; and his recital partners include harpist Isabelle Moretti, violinist Lisa Batiashvili and pianists Emmanuel Strosser and Eric Le Sage.
The 2015/16 season reflects every aspect of Leleux’s performing including concerto performances with the BBC Scottish and NHK symphony orchestras, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchestre Berlin and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. As conductor and soloist he returns to Camerata Salzburg, Norwegian Radio Orchestra and Orchestre de chambre de Paris.
Further ahead, projects include a residency with hr-Sinfonieorchester, invitations from Tonkünstler-Orchester Niederösterreich and Bamberger Symphoniker, and tours with Les Vents Français to Salz-burg, Istanbul, Zürich, Brussels and Paris.
Elsewhere in Europe Leleux has appeared at Berlin’s Philharmonie, Wiener Musikverein, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris and Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw. Further afield he has debuted with the New York Philharmonic and at the Mostly Mozart Festival, New York, as well as with the Sydney and NHK symphony orchestras. In recent years he has performed with such eminent conductors as Pierre Boulez, Mariss Jansons, Sir Colin Davis, Myung-Whun Chung, Thomas Dausgaard, Wolfgang Sawal-lisch, Yannick Nezet-Seguin, Thomas Hengelbrock, Ivan Fischer and Alan Gilbert.
Committed to expanding the oboe’s repertoire, Leleux has had many new works commissioned for him by composers such as Nicolas Bacri, James MacMillan, Thierry Pécou, Gilles Silvestrini, Éric Tanguy, Giya Kancheli and Michael Jarrell. During 2014/15 he – together with his wife Lisa Batiashvili – gave world premiere performances, with NDR Sinfonieorchester Hamburg and the New York Philharmonic, of Thierry Escaich’s Concerto for violin and oboe.
Leleux has released several CDs on Sony Classical, the latest of which – a disc of works by Hummel and Haydn recorded with Münchener Kammerorchester – received award recognition in 2016. Other recordings include works by J.S. Bach with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Mozart with Camerata Salzburg, and Strauss’s Oboe Concerto with Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra under Daniel Harding.
François Leleux is a Professor at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München.