Virtuoso and elegant, Romain Leleu is widely regarded as one of the leading trumpeter of his generation. « Instrumental soloist revelation » by the French Grammy Awards Victoires de la Musique, he has built an international career on the five continents, in recital as well as with world class orchestras.
He studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique (Paris, France) and at the Karlsruhe Musikhochschule in Germany, and was awarded several prizes (Classic revelation Adami, the Banque Populaire Foundation, the SAFRAN Foundation for Music, and the Prize for the Del Duca Foundation of the French Académie des Beaux Arts).
Romain Leleu is a regular guest at international festivals - la Roque d’Anthéron, Colmar, Menton, Radio France-Montpellier, Flâneries Musicales de Reims, Auvers-sur-Oise, Nantes and Japan Folle Journée, Brussels Musiq3, Seoul Spring Festival; and at prestigious venues – Luxembourg Philharmonie, Royal Albert Hall in London, Auditorium de Radio France in Paris, Bucharest Athéneum, Seoul Arts Center, Sejong Concert Hall, Ongakudo Hall Kanazawa, Hermitage St Petersburg Theatre, Cincinnati Museum Center, Salle Pleyel and Théâtre des Champs Elysées (Paris).
With a wide repertoire ranging from Baroque to 21 century music, and a predilection for the Haydn Concerto, Romain Leleu has premiered numerous new works by contemporary 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), Vincent Peirani (Random Obsession).
Since playing his first concert with the Orchestre des Concerts Colonne at the age of 14, Romain Leleu has established a soloist international career. He regularly appears with major orchestras, French National Orchestra (Radio France), Lille National Orchestra, Toulouse Capitole National Orchestra, Lorraine National Orchestra, Ile de France National Orchestra, Auvergne Chamber Orchestra, Paris Chamber Orchestra, the Republican Guard Band and Orchestra, Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester Frankfurt, Dresdner Kappellsolisten, Württembergisches Kammerorchester Heilbronn, Baltic Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa, Slovak Sinfonietta, St-Petersburg Hermitage State Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfonica de Mineria Mexico, Lebanese Philharmonic Orchestra, with famous conductors as Jean-Claude Casadesus, Tugan Sokhiev, François-Xavier Roth, Arie van Beek, Dmitri Liss, David Reiland.
As a chamber musician he also often loves to pair with Thierry Escaich, François Dumont, Ibrahim Maalouf, Frank Braley to name but a few.
His keen interest to give a new breathe to the trumpet repertoire led him to create the Ensemble Convergences, a string quintet, in 2010.
All Romain Leleu’s discography has been critically acclaimed and awarded (RTL Gold Classic, Diapason 5, Pizzicato, Resmusica), widely radio broadcasted (Radio Classique, FIP, France Musique, Classic FM, Musiq3).
Romain Leleu is designated as teacher at the Lyon Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique, and gives international masterclasses (Seoul National University, Tokyo College of Music, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Merida International Brass Academy in Mexico). He manages a Trumpet Collection for the Billaudot Publishing House (Paris).
Highlights for the 2018-2019 season will be the Haydn Concerto with Lodz Rubinstein Philharmonie on tour in Poland; Shostakovich recording with Frank Braley and the Royal Chamber Orchestra of Wallonie-Belgium; a recital tour with Thierry Escaich accross France and at Luxembourg Philharmonie; a new “Inspirations” tour with Romain Leleu Chamber Players in Russia, and at Taiwan National Concert Hall; recital tour with piano and organ in the USA.
Romain Leleu was awarded Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication in 2016.
Romain Leleu is a Yamaha performing artist and plays the YTR-9445CHS.
He is represented by Konzertagentur Caecilia in Zurich and Geneva.