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, his new album 'How I Met Mozart', recorded with the Quartet 212 (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. He has played for numerous European festivals in France, Germany, Hungary, Austria and the United States.
Pierre Genisson’s projects include a Tribute to Benny Goodman with Copland, Bernstein, Strasvinsky and Goodman jazz standards pieces and a recording of this programme with BBC Orchestra to be released in fall 2019.
Pierre Génisson has been awarded prizes by the Banque Populaire and Safran musical foundations and won the Young Talent Award for Music and Wine at Clos Vougeot-Burgundy. 
Pierre Genisson is an active representative of the Buffet Crampon brand and plays "Tradition" clarinets. 

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21 Sep

Pierre GENISSON at Fénétrange

Ancien pensionnat - Fénétrange

Pierre GENISSON, clarinet
Pieces by Beethoven et Mozart
With Quatuor Akilone, string quartet, Anne Le Bozec, piano, Iryna Kyshliaruk, soprano

29 Sep

Pierre Génisson at Nuits romantiques du Lac du Bourget

Le Bourget du Lac - France

Pierre GENISSON, clarinet
with Trio Zadig
In Festival des Nuits romantiques du Lac du Bourget

16 Jan

Pierre GENISSON with Jerusalem Quartet

Chapelle musicale Reine Elisabeth - Bruxelles

Pierre GENISSON, clarinette
avec le Quatuor de Jerusalem

07 Mar

Pierre Genisson plays Benny Goodman

Seine musicale - Paris

Pierre GENISSON, clarinet
BBC Concert Orchestra dir.: Keith Lockhart
Benny Goodman on Fire !
Pieces by Benny Goodman (arr. Bruno Fontaine)
Sweet Lorraine / Sing sing sing / Stomping at the Savoy / Chicago
Sweet Georgia Brown ....
Aaron Copland, Clarinet Concerto 
Leonard Bernstein, Prélude Fugue and Riffs
Igor Stravinsky, Ebony Concerto 

31 Mar

Pierre Genisson in Marseille

Marseille : Auditorium Faculté médecine

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

25 Apr

Pierre Genisson plays Benny Goodman

Vincennes - Auditorium / France

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

19 May

Pierre Genisson with Jerusalem quartet

Halle aux grains - Blois

Pierre GENISSON, clarinette
avec le quatuor de Jerusalem

06 Sep

Pierre GENISSON with Jerusalem quartet

St Jean de Luz

Pierre GENISSON, clarinette
avec le quatuor de Jerusalem

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