French oboist Philippe Tondre has secured a place among the finest musicians of his generation. «Master of the oboe » (Bonner General Anzeiger), his music-making is packed with emotional sensitivity and stunning virtuosity. The powerful expressiveness of his interpretations connects with all audiences and has brought him great critical acclaim :
« This young musician with his wonderful noble tone, much rounder and fuller than we are used to hearing, is simply amazing » Pamina Magazin Klassik
There have been several unforgettable events which have marked Philippe Tondre’s career. Undoubtedly one of his greatest moments was winning the ARD Music Competition as well as the Audience Prize and the prize for the best interpretation of Liza Lim’s commissioned composition in Munich in 2011. In 2012 Philippe Tondre received the « Beethoven Ring » a musical honour given by the Beethoven Fest in Bonn, thus joining the prestigious list of previous recipients including Julia Fischer, Lisa Batiashvili and Gustavo Dudamel.
Philippe Tondre’s invitation to appear in the ARTE television Programme « Stars of Tomorrow », hosted by Rolando Villazon, was an exceptional and exciting moment.
Principal oboe of the Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig, member of the Mito Chamber Orchestra and the newly-founded Kammer Ensemble de Paris, he has appeared as soloist with many prestigious orchestras such as the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Stuttgart SWR Radio Symphony Orchestra, l’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Munich Chamber Orchestra , the Geneva Chamber Orchestra and the New Mozart Orchestra London. He made his Debut in the Berlin Philharmonie in June 2013 playing Bohuslav Martinu’s Concerto for Oboe, accompanied by the German Symphony Orchestra conducted by Clemens Schulz.
Prizewinner of all the major international competitions, namely the 65th Geneva International Music Competition Switzerland, the Sony Music Foundation’s International Oboe Competition Karuizawa Japan, the Fernand Gillet- Hugo Fox Oboe Competition USA and the Prague Spring International Music Competition, he was awarded the Gustav Mahler Prize by the Mahler Association 2000 Vienna.
Born in Mulhouse France in 1989, Philippe played in the French National Youth Orchestra and the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra. At the age of 18, while studying at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris, he was appointed principal oboe of the South West Radio Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart (2008-2016).
In November 2015 Philippe Tondre was nominated Professor for Oboe at the Hochschule für Musik Saar. He gives masterclasses in China, Taiwan, Japan, Spain and Germany.
Philippe Tondre plays a Marigaux M2 oboe.