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Nicolas Baldeyrou


Nicolas Baldeyrou is considered to be one of the greatest clarinettists of his generation. After graduating from the Paris Conservatory, he won three significant international competitions: ARD (Munich), Dos Hermanas (Spain) and the ICA Young Artist Competition (United States). He received the title of “Musical Discovery of the Year” from Adami & Associates and a scholarship from the Natixis Foundation. He is a laureate of the Tokyo Bunkamura Orchard Hall Award and of the prestigious Rising Stars prgramme (2004). He has appeared as soloist many orchestras, including the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonique de Radio-France, Orchestre National de France, the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and with philharmonic orchestras in Tokyo, Prague and St. Petersburg. He appears regularly in New York’s Carnegie Hall, at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, in the Cité de la musique in Paris, at the philharmonic hall in Cologne, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, the Vienna Konzerthaus, Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, the Bunkamura Orchard Hall in Tokyo and in the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow. Nicolas Baldeyrou’s career is developing in two directions: one as soloist and the other as clarinettist in Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, directed by Myung-Whun Chung The artist has been in the orchestra since 2010. He also lectures in the Conservatory in Lyon. He performs regularly in chamber ensembles with, among others, Bertrand Chamayou, Svetlin Roussev, Marc Coppey, François Salque, David Guerrier, and also with the Moraguès Quintet and with Ébène, Modigliani, Psophos and Talich string quartets. Striving to expand his repertoire and to achieve authenticity of interpretation, he is an eager proponent of historically informed performance, working together with various ensembles, including Les Musiciens du Louvre, Le Concert d’Astrée and Chambre Philharmonique. His many albums always receive enthusiastic reviews around the world, with the album “Rhapsodie” of French music for clarinet and piano and the recently released album conatining the music of Weber, recorded with Orchestre Victor-Hugo Franche-Comté under the direction of Jean-François Verdier being especially noteworthy. Two albums are scheduled for release in 2019: one recorded with pianist Geoffroy Couteau and the other a recording of Schubert’s Octet in F major with a chamber ensemble. An ambassador and tester of clarinets made by Buffet-Crampon, Nicolas Baldeyrou actively promotes the French clarinet school and top quality of French instruments around the world.


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