ReMusica 2019, to take place the concert of Thomas Leleu and Artemida Qarri-Haxhiaj
THOMAS LELEU is the first tuba player to have ever won the award “Revelation Instrumental Soloist of the Year” at the annual French Grammy awards, the Victoires de la musique classique. At only 31 years of age, Thomas Leleu is considered as the “world star of the tuba” (Europe 1). This absolute tuba genius (La Nouvelle République), acknowledged by his peers, already has an impressive career. Thomas Leleu is a true prodigy and deploys a surprising musicality and agility, dusting off the traditional image of the tuba. He has been principal tubist with the Marseille Philharmonic Opera since he turned 19. In 2012 Thomas won the “Revelation Instrumental Soloist of the Year” at the annual French classical music award, the Victoires de la musique classique. In 2017, he is “Stars of tomorrow” on Arte channel in Berlin selected by Rolando Villazon.Thomas is also regularly invited to perform at festivals and in Concerts Hall around the world with many orchestras such as: Konzerthaus Berlin, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (Germany), Brandenburgische Sommer Konzerte (Germany), Mito Festival, Junge Sinfonie Berlin, Radio France-, ReMusica Festival (Kosovo), Grand Théâtre de Provence (Aix en Provence), Maison de Radio France, Théâtre du Châtelet (Paris) etc. Thomas is frequently invited to take part in various radio and tv shows, on France 2 and France 3 (national french TV), Europe 1, Arte Channel, France Musique etc. In 2015, his album “In the mood for tuba” was released by the Fondamenta/ Sony Music. In 2017, he recorded « Impressions for tuba »with the Royal Orchestra of the Belgian Air force. His last album « Stories… » was released in 2019 with the label ARS-Produktion With the TL Trio. Thomas has founded several unique and unprecedented ensembles with a tuba, such as the Thomas Leleu Sextet (tuba and string quintet) and tuba VS cello (tuba and cello), TL Trio (tuba, piano, vibraphone) In 2017 he created the show The Tuba’s Trip staged by Claude Tissier (ex Cirque du Soleil), and co produced by the Opéra de Marseille.
He is since 2011 a “Melton Meinl / Weston Artist – Ambassador Buffet Crampon”. He has developed with the prestigious firm the 2250 TL “French Touch” tuba which he is currently playing.