Introduction

Jean Leber © Kathy Nellens

At 16 , Jean Leber was awarded a Violin First Prize as well as the Chamber Music Prize at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris and the Henryk Wieniawsky International Prize the following year. He is praised by both national and international press as a "remarkable chamber musician as well as contemporary music performer".
Starting his career as a violinist at the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, he then moved on to the Opera de Paris, to become solo violinist at the Opera de Marseille and director of the Ensemble Orchestral de Marseille. Jean Leber also linked his name to prestigious creations: the "Octuor de Paris" with which he will travel for about 15 years as well as the "Quatuor à cordes de Paris". Along with those ensembles, he does numerous tours in the biggest European capitals as well as in Japan, USSR, Australia, South-East Asia, and Latin America. In 2004, he gives many Mozart concerts including the complete violin and piano sonatas cycle.
Believing in the virtues of contemporary music, Jean Leber does not hesitate to commission composers such as: Iannis Xenakis with whom he builds a tight collaboration, as well as Georges Aperghis, Gualtiero Dazzi, Philip Glass, Christophe Havel, Philippe Hurel, François-Bernard Mâche, Philippe Manoury, Marc Monnet, Jean-Claude Risset, Carlos Roque-Alsina, Roger Tessier. In 2010, Jean Leber particularly focuses on the violin and electronics repertoire; in this context, Edith Canat de Chizy, composer and member of the Institute at the Académie française, dedicates him her piece Le Vol Blanc premiered in Paris.
Musician of his own time, Jean Leber frequently takes part in musical-theatre projects as well as cinema and multimedia. Among these, Le pavillon au bord de la rivière, music by Betsy Jolas, directed by Bernard Sobel; Le Golem, music by Gualtiero Dazzi, directed by Jacques Kraemer; Le corps de mon père, text by Michel Onfray, music by Igor Stravinsky and Hector Berlioz, directed by Antoine Bourseiller. Violance for violin, electronics and video based on texts by Maeterlinck and a painting by Bruegel, composer and director Jean-Baptiste Barrière, a movie by Bertrand Tavernier, Laissez Passer, and lately, Olga ma vache by Roland Dubillard with music by Erik Satie, adapted for violin by Jean Leber.
Within the framework of his educational concern, Jean Leber was head of the Ecole Nationale de Musique de Gennevilliers as well as the one in Chartres, teacher in chamber music at the CEFEDEM in Poitiers and in charge of the strings pedagogy at the Conservatoire National de Région de Marseille, being head of that department.
His adaptation for violin of Erik Satie's music is a first; a version intended for students in conservatoires was just published by Editions Henry Lemoine in Paris.
Jean Leber recorded numerous discs, including Anaktoria, by Iannis Xenakis, the Octuor by Franz Schubert which received the Grand Prix du Disque, the Quatuors à cordes by Edouard Lalo and Sylvio Lazzari as well as Quatuors pour piano et cordes by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Ludwig van Beethoven; as conductor the Concertos pour flûte and flûte et harpe by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
A book of interviews conducted by the musicologist Francois Porcile is published by Editions MF in 2014: Jean Leber, d'un coup d'archet... une vie en musique.
He founded the Storioni Quartet in 2016.

Contact :

nellens-leber@wanadoo.fr

Listen:

Ludwig van Beethoven, Quatuor Op.16

Transcription of the Quintette pour piano et vents, Op.16
Trio Sérénade, Corinne Kloska (piano)
1 CD Alphée


CD Alphée 0109014


Gualtiero Dazzi, Diptyque

Diptyque (Danse - Prière) dedicated to Jean Leber who premiered it in June 2002.


© 2011 Jean Leber