Romain Leleu Sextet
Guillaume Antonini & Manuel Doutrelant, violin
Alphonse Dervieux, alto
Caroline Boita, cello
Philippe Blard or Bernard Cazauran, bass
Romain Leleu, trumpet & artistic director.
A unique group in the musical world, the Romain Leleu Sextet combines the trumpet with a string quintet, composed of inquisitive and bold chamber musicians who come from the finest French orchestras. On its tenth anniversary, and after more than 500 concerts, the Convergences ensemble becomes the Romain Leleu Sextet in 2020.
The musicians offer, depending on their artistic sensibility and desires, an original repertoire of transcriptions, from baroque music to film scores and even contemporary creations.
Thus renewing the classical recital formula, without any style or time barrier, their program breathes new life into the range of the trumpet, enhancing the instrument’s possibilities: roundness, flexibility and radiance of the timbre. The group is committed to keep meeting all types of audiences, offering them a repertoire of many influences, filtered through brand new arrangements by Manuel Doutrelant.
A regular guest of the greatest French festivals such as the Colmar Festival, the “Folle Journée” in Nantes, Festivals of Auvers sur Oise, Saint-Denis, Périgord Noir, Sully, Chambord and the Loiret, la Vézère, Menton, The “Flâneries Musicales” in Reims, the Sacred art festival in Antibes, the “Festival des Forêts”, the Festival of Musical “Grands Crus” , the “Classique au Vert” Festival in Paris, or other famous Parisian venues like the Folies Bergère or Salle Gaveau, the Romain Leleu sextet performs around the world (Belgium, Switzerland, the UK, Algeria, Italy, Morocco, Bulgaria, Russia, Lebanon, Turkey, Mexico) and regularly sets out to discover new audiences, also conducting educational activities in favour of audiences to whom music is less accessible, raising awareness of the universality of music and its language .Read more
Their first album Sur la Route (On the Road) was released in 2013 on Aparté and received rave reviews both from critics and audiences. It is one of the best-selling current classical albums. The group’s second album – Inspirations , released in 2016 on Aparté – was in turn equally able to convince both press and public.
This program will have been performed over a hundred times since its premiere, following an innovative album release held in Paris at the Alhambra in 2016. Inspirations was namely selected by French prominent FIP music radio as part of its ideal record collection of must-have albums “Discothèque idéale de FIP : Les albums indispensables”.
The Romain Leleu Sextet is supported by Spedidam and the Bureau Export.
Guillaume Antonini & Manuel Doutrelant, violin – Alphonse Dervieux, alto – Caroline Boita, cello- Philippe Blard or Bernard Cazauran, bass. Romain Leleu, trumpet & artistic director.
“Leleu shows us that the trumpet can be just as virtuoso as a violin or a piano. The choice of the instrumentation is on the spot and clever. The string quintet produces a homogeneous sound base that lets the trumpeter the freedom to express himself. Leleu is a musician whose musical intelligence is renowned and the sound that he produces is of great fineness, seldom heard nowadays. His playing is simple, versatile but at the same time precise and rhythmic.”
“Ranging from a sunny bossa nova to energetic Romanian dances, the musicians, Romain Leleu a renowned trumpeter and the ensemble gave a varied and touching performance.”