Marceau Lefèvre


Born in Avignon, France, Marceau Lefèvre (1993*) started to play the bassoon at the age of 12 with professor Hervé Issartel. He followed his studies at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris (CNSMDP) with professors Laurent Lefèvre and Fany Maselli.

In 2015 he got accepted to the prestigious Karajan Academy of the Berlin Philharmonic. He played and toured 2 years with this legendary orchestra and studied with professor Stefan Schweigert.

Prizewinner of several international competitions ( first prize received unanimously, prize Pierre Salvi and prize Jean Paul Neu of the “FMAJI international competition Paris” France ; first prize of the “Hülsta woodwinds competition Muenster” Germany ; Bassoon Category winner prize, 2nd prize winner and prize of the best interpretation of the contemporary piece of the “AEOLUS Competition Düsseldorf” Germany ; “Wiener Klassik Preis” from the ISA Masterclass in Vienna Austria...) the young bassoonist performs regularly as soloist with orchestras such as the the Düsseldorfer Symphoniker, the Kölner Kammerorchester, the Novosibirsk Philharmonic, the North Czech Philharmonic Teplice, the Rheinische Philharmonie Koblenz, the Karajan Academy Orchestra, the Bayer Philharmoniker, the Orchestre Pasdeloup or the Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss am Rhein in such halls like the Berliner Philharmonie, the Kölner Philharmonie, the Altenberger Dom, the Schloss Esterhazy…..

His debut CD “Arundo” released in 2015 with the pianist Kimiko Imani for the label “GWK record” received much acclaim (reviews in das Orchester, Musikzen….)

Active chamber music player, the french musician does appear regularly as guest in many festivals like “Chapeau Klassik” and “Summer winds” Muenster, “Festival de Pâques de Deauville”, “Folle Journee” Tokyo, “Tons voisins” Albi or “Moments musicaux” La Baule. He got the chance to perform concerts couple of times with the Scharoun Ensemble Berlin during his Berlin time.

Passionate about the orchestral repertoire, the bassoon player had his first main orchestral experiences as member of the Verbier Festival Orchestra, the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra and the Schleswig Holstein Festival Orchestra. He does now regularly performs as guest principal bassoon in major orchestras like the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, the Orchestre National de France, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Rotterdam Philharmonic, the Korean Broadcast Symphony Orchestra Seoul, the Staatsorchester Hamburg or the Konzerthausorchester Berlin.

Since September 2017, Marceau Lefèvre is the principal bassoon player of the Brussels Philharmonic. Beside this, he is playing regularly with the Verbier Chamber Orchestra.

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