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 time, 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, the quartets Ebène, Modigliani, 212, Hermes, Van Kuijk, Voce and the Elegy Trio.
For several years, Génisson has split his time 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 often invited to give masterclasses in Asia.
Pierre Genisson's new album 'How I Met Mozart', recorded with the Quartet 212, has been released spring 2017 on the Aparté record company. Following the release, concert has been given at Salle Gaveau - Paris followed by a tour in Europe and the United States.
Season 17-18 is a heavy one : Pierre Genisson has performed the world Premiere of Eric Tanguy's Clarinet concerto in Nov 2017 with Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Liège and Patrick Davin, cond. This concerto is dedicated to Génisson and will be also premiered by Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne. in 17-18, Pierre Génisson will also make his debuts with the Düsseldorf Orchestra and tour in Japan and China. He has played more than 40 concerts during summer 2018 in numerous European festivals in France, Germany, Hungary, Austria and the United States.
Pierre Génisson has been awarded prizes by the Banque Populaire and Safran musical foundations and won the Young Talent Award of festival "Music and Wine at Clos Vougeot - Burgundy" and Prix Cino del Duca of Académie des Beaux-Arts.
With BBC Orchestra, Pierre Genisson has recently recorded a full programme dedicated to american jazz and classical clarinet player Benny Goodman; CD is to be released in March 2019.
Pierre Genisson is an active representative of the Buffet Crampon brand and plays "Tradition" clarinets. 

Next concerts

05 Feb

Pierre Genisson in Avignon

Opera Confluence - Avignon - France

Pierre GENISSON, clarinet
with Quatuor Varese. At 8.30pm
Clarinet Quintet by Mozart K.581
Clarinet Quintet by Brahms Op.115

07 Feb

Pierre Genisson at Invalides - Paris

Invalides - Paris

Pierre GENISSON, clarinet
Copland : Clarinet Concerto 
Stamitz : Double concerto 
With Orchestre de la Garde Républicaine

17 May

Pierre GENISSON ON CRUISE

Croisière au Japon

Pierre GENISSON, clarinet 
Music Cruise in Japon "Schuman and Schubert at the rising sun country"
From Maizuru to Osaka, from May 17th to May 25th 
On board MS Ponant
With Delphine Haidan, Geneviève Laurenceau, Silvia Chiesa, Maurizop Baglini and Alain Duault

08 Aug

Genisson plays Mozart and Brahms quintet

St Bertrand de Comminges - France

Pierre GENISSON, clarinet
with Quatuor Girard
Quintet by Mozart and Brahms
Dans le cadre du Festival du Comminges

Pierre Genisson

clarinet