Biography

Pierre Génisson, clarinet 
"An outstanding clarinet player"
Born in 1986, Pierre Génisson is one of the leading French wind instrumentalists of his generation. Winner of the prestigious Carl Nielsen International Competition, in 2014 he also won the first prize and the Audience Award at the Jacques Lancelot International Competition in Tokyo. He went on to record his first CD, Made in France, with the pianist David Bismuth on the Aparté label. Lauded by the press, he has notably been awarded a Diapason d'Or and the 'FFFF' from the magazine Télérama. In 2015, he recorded Schumann's trio for clarinet, viola and piano 'Märchenerzählungen' with Adrien Boisseau and Gaspard Dehaene for the Oehms label.
Pierre Génisson began his musical education in Marseille, his hometown, before joining the Rueil-Malmaison Conservatoire under the tuition of Florent Héau. He then studied under Michel Arrignon at the Conservatoire de Paris, also taking chamber music classes with Claire Désert, Amy Flammer and Jean Sulem. He was awarded first prize diplomas in clarinet and chamber music. At the age of 21, Pierre Génisson was appointed principal clarinet of the Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne conducted by Olari Elts and Lionel Bringuier. With the OSB, he took part in numerous festivals and recordings. He left the ensemble in 2012 and moved to Los Angeles to further his studies. Under renowned tutor Yehuda Gilad at the University of Southern California he obtained an Artist Diploma.
At the same period, Pierre Génisson made his debut with the Berlin Philharmonic performing Debussy's Rhapsodie and Bruch's Double Concerto. Since then he has regularly performed as a guest soloist with major European and international orchestras (including Deutsches Symphonie Orchester-Berlin, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Odense Symphony Orchestra, Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Liège) directed by Emmanuel Krivine, Olga Elts, Krystof Urbansky, Darell Ang, Sacha Goetzel, Krysztof Penderecki, Charles Dutoit, Lionel Bringuier, Yannick Nézet-Seguin and Alexandre Bloch.
Pierre Génisson has also performed as a soloist in prestigious venues such as the Suntory Hall in Tokyo, the Radio France Auditorium, Odense Konzerthus, the Philharmonie, Cité de la Musique in Paris, Salle Gaveau, and the Yokosuka Art Center. In January 2018, he will make his debut at Tonhalle Düsseldorf with the Dusseldörfer Symphoniker.
Pierre Génisson has a passion for chamber music and plays regularly in European and international festivals with individuals and ensembles such as Marielle Nordmann, Ophélie Gaillard, Camille Thomas, Geneviève Laurenceau, David Guerrier, Claire Désert, Juliette Hurel, Florine Boffard, David Bismuth, François Chaplin, Nicolas Dautricourt, François Dumont, Karine Deshayes, Delphine Haidan, string quartets Ebène, Modigliani, 212, Hermes, Van Kuijk, Voce and the Elegy Trio.
For several years, Génisson has split his schedule between France and the United States. He regularly performs as a soloist in New York, Los Angeles, Austin, San Francisco, Philadelphia and Seattle. He is also regularly invited to lead masterclasses in Asia.
In 2017, Pierre Genisson's new album entitled 'How I Met Mozart', recorded with Quartet 212 (string quartet of soloists of NYC Metropolitan Opera Orchestra) has been released on Aparté record company. Following the release, the programme has been played Paris Salle Gaveau and toured in France, Europe and the United States. In 2018 season, Pierre has performed the world premiere of Eric Tanguy's Clarinet concerto, (dedicated to him) with Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Liège and the Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne. He has also made his debut with the Düsseldorf Orchestra and toured in Japan and China. Pierre has played for numerous European festivals in France, Germany, Hungary, Austria and the United States.
Pierre Genisson has recorded in London, with the BBC Concert Orchestra, a new CD dedicated to Benny Goodman including jazz standards by the famous American composer and jazzman and pieces by Copland, Gershwin and Stravinski premiered by Goodman. Entitled "Swing, a Benny Goodman story" has just appeared on the Aparté recording company.
On the main stage of Seine musicale, in Paris, with this same program and the same orchestra on March 7, 2020, in a sold out theater, Pierre GENISSON has fascinated an enthousiastic audience.

Pierre Genisson is an active representative of the Buffet Crampon brand and plays "Tradition" clarinets. 

Next concerts

03 Nov

Pierre Genisson in Marseille

Marseille : Auditorium Faculté médecine

Pierre GENISSON, clarinet
with Dominique Plancade, piano
Pieces bu Schumann and Brahms
At 8pm

14 Nov

Pierre Genisson with Tchalik quartet

Collège des Bernardins - Paris

Pierre GENISSON, clarinette
avec le quatuor Tchalik
Brahms clarinet quintet


16 Nov

Pierre Genisson with Jerusalem quartet

Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord - Paris

Pierre GENISSON, clarinet
Mozart clarinet quintet 
With Jerusalem quartet 
In La Belle Saison
+ 19/11 in Coulommiers and 22/11 in Méjean à Arles

20 Nov

Pierre GENISSON on tour with Mozart clarinet concerto

Arsenal - Metz - France

Pierre GENISSON, clarinet 
Mozart : Clarinet Concerto 
Orchestre national de Metz, David Reiland, cond 
+ 24/11 : Reims Opera + 27 : Mancieulles 

24 Nov

Genisson plays Mozart clarinet concerto

Opéra - Reims

Pierre GENISSON, clarinette
Mozart : Concerto pour clarinette et orchestre
Orchestre national de Metz, David Reiland, cond  
and 27 november in Mancieulles

09 Dec

Pierre Genisson : tribute to Benny Goodman

Chapelle Reine Elisabeth - Bruxelles

Pierre GENISSON, clarinet
Tribute to Benny Goodman
with Bruno Fontaine, piano

12 Dec

Pierre Genisson plays Benny Goodman

Vincennes - Auditorium / France

Pierre Genisson, clarinet
with Bruno Fontaine, piano
Pieces by Gershwin, Poulenc, Bernstein and Benny Goodman

15 Dec

Pierre Genisson / Tribute to Marielle Nordmann

Théâtre des Champs-Elysées - Paris - France

Pierre GENISSON, clarinet
Tribute to harpist Marielle Nordmann
With JB. Pommier, P. Fontanarosa, N. Dautricourt, G. Caussé, R. Pidoux, E. Garcia, C. Isambert, Sirba Octet...

26 Dec

Pierre Genisson : Christmas concert

Gstaad - Suisse

Pierre GENISSON, clarinet 
Pieces by Gershwin, Poulenc, Bernstein and Benny Goodman
with Bruno Fontaine, piano

16 Feb

Pierre Genisson with David Kadouch

Angers - France

Pierre Génisson, clarinet
With David Kadouch, piano

02 Apr

Pierre Genisson : Swing, a Benny Goodman story

Théâtre Debussy - Cannes

Pierre GENISSON, clarinet
Orchestre de Cannes Provence Alpes Côte d'azur, dir. : Charles Olivieri Munroe
Bruno Fontaine, piano
Franck Natan : Délires : world premiere 
Copland : Clarinet concerto + Appalachian Spring
Gershwin : 3 Preludes
+ jazz standards


17 May

Pierre Genisson at Invalides - Paris

Cathédrale Saint-Louis des Invalides - Paris

Pierre GENISSON, clarinet
Pieces by Karol Beffa, Beethoven and Weber
With Quatuor Zaïde

11 June

Pierre Genisson plays Benny Goodman

Luberon - France

Pierre GENISSON, clarinett
With Bruno Fontaine, piano
Swing, a Benny Goodman story
In Festival du Luberon

04 July

Pierre GENISSON / Benny Goodman

Gien - France

Pierre GENISSON, clarinet
avec Bruno Fontaine, piano
Tribute to Benny Goodman
In Festival Rencontres musicales de Gien
At 5pm

Pierre Genisson

Clarinet

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