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Formed at the Paris Conservatory (CNSM de Paris) in Michel Arrignon’s class, and after (between 1991 and 1995) having received several First Prizes in international competitions, Florent Héau has quickly established himself as one of the most important figures of the French clarinet school. A brilliant tradition he himself relentlessly perpetuates throughout the world, whether by giving concerts or masterclasses.
Florent Héau has contributed to several creations such as Chant des Ténèbres (concerto for clarinet and orchestra) by Thierry Escaich, Aizgor by Félix Ibarrondo, Sonatina lapidaria by Nicolas Bacri, Burning by Edith Canat de Chizy and Encore by Karol Beffa.
Invited to various festivals (Prades, Deauville Folles Journées de Nantes, Bel-Air in Chambery, Orangerie de Sceaux), Florent Héau continues to expand his circle of partners in chamber music, including Marielle Nordmann, Marcela Roggeri, Gerard Causse, Roland Pidoux, Henri Demarquette, Jérôme Ducros, Régis Pasquier, Patrice Fontanarosa, the Capuçon brothers and the Prazak, Manfred and Parisii quartets.
He appears as soloist notably with the European Camerata, the Orchestre de Bretagne, the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, the Chamber Orchestra of the Polish Radio and the Prague Chamber Orchestra.
In addition to being an exceptional musician, Florent Héau is also a real showman, whose multiple talents get exposed in the musical theater shows with the “Bons Becs”, with his clarinet (of course) but also with the musical saw and even through tap dance.
Being a renowned teacher, Florent Héau is a professor of clarinet at the CNR of Rueil-Malmaison and is regularly invited to teach in many European countries, Latin America and Asia.
Over the years, he has had continuous success with his recordings of divers programs, including Sonatas by Brahms and Reger (with Patrick Zygmanowski), the Trios of Beethoven (with Jérôme Ducros and Henri Demarquette), pieces for clarinet and strings by Nicolas Bacri, the chamber works of Mozart (with Manfred Quartet) and the Concerto for Clarinet by Mozart (with the Prague Chamber Orchestra, Transart Live label).
His latest album with pianist Marcela Roggeri is dedicated to the Argentine composer Carlos Guastavino (Transart Live).
“Florent Héau is a clarinettist with outstanding talent. His tone is not only full and sensual, but also elegant and subtle.”Le Monde de la Musique, 04/2003
“Florent Héau is a brilliant and intelligent musician who plays in a very yeasty way, but without any pretention. His extraordinary tone reveals an enormous knowledge and a very fine sensibility.”Le Monde de la Musique, 06/2002
“Florent Héau is an extraordinary clarinettist, as comfortable with Debussy as with Brahms. He possesses a spellbinding sense of the lines and an acute sense of colors in the most diaphanous pianissimos.”Le Monde de la Musique, 10/2000
Weber, quintette avec clarinette op. 34, Fantasia
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