instructor wood winds: Lionel WARTELLE


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Lionel WARTELLE was born into a family of professional musicians. Student with Michel ARRIGNON and Philippe CUPER, winner of the international chamber music competition of Martigny in Switzerland, he won the highest awards of the city of Paris and the National Conservatory of Douai in France, he learned also singing and conducting.
Invested and appreciate musician, Lionel WARTELLE dedicated with enthousiasm and passion to chamber music. His catalog of works played in concert is extremely dense and composed of major pieces; Mozart quintett, Brahms trio and quintett, Messiaen Quatuor of the end of time… Lionel WARTELLE is also interested in cabaret music and improvisation to offer to the public all the possibilities of thecolors of the clarinet or also of the voice.
Lionel WARTELLE is actually director of the Conservatory of music, dance and theater of Dreux in France. He is also principal clarinet of the International Mahler Orchestra, conductor Yoël GAMZOU and member of Ensemble Images.

Brahms quintett opus 115 Kammersaal Philharmony Berlin
« …Das liefert der erfahrene Lionel Wartelle in Brahms Klarinettenquintett h-Moll, wo er als einziger Bläser gegenüber vier Streichern souverän mit der richtigen Mischung aus gestauter und befreiter musikalischer Kraft brilliert. »
Udo Badelt Tagesspiegel

“… This provides the experienced Lionel Wartelle Brahms Clarinet Quintet in B Minor, where he smoothly shines as the only wind against four strings with the r i g h t m i x o f j a m m e d a n d l i b e r a t e d m u s i c a l f o r c e . »
Udo Badelt Tagesspiegel

Esslinger Zeitung
“With a prime, excellent responsiveness and technical mastery, the interpretation of the clarinet concerto in A major by Mozart was a success (…) Lionel Wartelle, who also led a master class during the week of the festival, interpreted the two fast movements start and end with a brilliant technique. He scrolls through the passages, phrases and lines in a fast speed while retaining a highly contrasting interpretation and paying the various passages a multicolored sound. In addition to this great virtuosity, he has kept a formal view of the assembly and form a broad and logical phrasing. But it is the slow movement with its contemplative mood he managed in the most impressive way. ”
Süddeutsche Zeitung
“As regards the Clarinet Concerto in A major KV 622 by Mozart, Gamzou combined sensual pleasure with a gay lightness. The chief brought his first clarinet International Mahler Orchestra, Lionel Wartelle, thus ensuring perfect communication. The French clarinettist Wartelle, and the Israeli-American leader performed together as a duo chamber music. The warm sound and patterned with beautiful shades of clarinet and enjoyed Wartelle continuously supported conducted with rigor. “