Pierre Génisson, clarinet

Born in 1986 in Marseille, Pierre Génisson is one of the best representatives of the French wind school. Winner of the prestigious Carl Nielsen International Competition, he won the 1st Prize and the Audience Prize at the Jacques Lancelot International Competition in Tokyo. His recordings published for Aparté have been widely awarded by international critics (Diapason d’Or, Choc of the year by Classica, ffff by Télérama, ‘Album of the week’ by the Sunday Times, Gramophone, Clef d’Or by Resmusica).

Pierre Génisson studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris with Michel Arrignon for the clarinet, Claire Désert, Amy Flammer and Jean Sulem for chamber music. After two unanimous ‘First prize’ awards in these two disciplines, he went to perfect his skills at the University of Southern California Los Angeles with Professor Yehuda Gilad obtaining a diploma.

Pierre Génisson is regularly invited to perform as a soloist with numerous orchestras such as the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester-Berlin, the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC orchestras, Odense Symphony Orchestra, Sichuan Symphony, Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, Jyväskylä Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonic Orchestra Royal de Liège, the Düsseldorf Symphony Orchestra and has collaborated with conductors Krzysztof Urbański, Olari Elts, Darell Ang, Sacha Goetzel, Krzysztof Penderecki, and Alexandre Bloch. Fond of chamber music, Pierre Génisson performs with many string quartets (Ebène, Modigliani, Jerusalem, Zemlinsky, Hermès, Voce, Van Kuijk), as well as with soloists Claire Désert, Franck Braley, Michel Dalberto , Natacha Kudritskaya, Florent Boffard, Renaud Capuçon, Alexander Sitkovetsky, Geneviève Laurenceau, Marc Bouchkov, Pierre Fouchenneret, Victor Julien Lafferière, François Salque, Les Solistes du Metropolitan Opera de New York, David Bismuth, Nicolas Dautricourt, Marielle Nordmann, Emmanuel Ceysson, Adrien Boisseau, François Dumont, Karine Deshayes, and Delphine Haidan.

Génisson regularly collaborates with contemporary composers such as Thierry Escaich, Karol Beffa, Philippe Hersant, Tristan Murail and Eric Montalbetti. He is the dedicatee of the Clarinet Concerto by Éric Tanguy.

Active ambassador of the Buffet Crampon instruments manufacturer, Génisson is invited to give numerous masterclasses in Europe, Asia, USA, Canada, Mexico and he teaches at the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris. The Academy of Fine Arts of the Institut de France awarded him in 2018 the Interpretation Prize “Cino del Duca” and he is also a laureate of the Banque Populaire, Safran, and “Musique et Vin au Clos Vougeot” Foundations.


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Éric Tanguy

Clarinet Concerto

Violin Concerto No. 2


Pierre Génisson, clarinet

Júlia Pusker, violin

Jyväskylä Sinfonia

Ville Matvejeff, conductor

ODE 1390-2

Released 09/2021

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