Gabriel Pidoux

A violinist until he was seven years old, Gabriel Pidoux decided one day to switch to the oboe, thus breaking away from the family tradition of string instruments. He began learning the oboe with Hélène Devilleneuve, studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris with Jacques Tys and David Walter, and in Munich with François Leleux. Winner of the Second Prize at the Prague Spring International Music Competition in 2019, Pidoux received the prestigious “Révélation soliste instrumental” award at the French Victoires de la Musique Classique in 2020. During his studies, he was also a laureate of several international competitions including the Michał Spisak International Music Competition, Fernand Gillet-Hugo Fox International Competition by the International Double Reed Society, Be The ONE Competition etc, and has participated in numerous academies with renowned teachers such as Jean-Louis Capezzali and Maurice Bourgue.

Curious and interested in the history of his instrument, Pidoux has also deepened his knowledge of ancient oboes with Antoine Torunczyk, and co-founded the Ensemble Sarbacanes, specialising in music for period wind instruments, which was selected by the EEEMERGING+ programme to perform in many European festivals.

In the course of projects which have taken him from Ljubljana to London, Poland and Spain, Pidoux has had the opportunity to perform as a soloist with various orchestras such as the Orchestre National de Lille, Orchestre de Chambre Nouvelle-Aquitaine, Orchestre des Pays de Savoie, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of the Prague Symphony Orchestra etc, and within ensembles such as Gli Incogniti, La Fenice and Le Cercle de l’Harmonie. He has performed in numerous festivals, notably at La Folle Journée de Nantes, in Salon-de-Provence alongside Emmanuel Pahud, Gilbert Audin, Paul Meyer, David Guerrier and Benoît de Barsony, at the Marvão International Music Festival, Festival de la Vézère and Festival Radio France Occitanie Montpellier. He also performed the world première of Dai Fujikura’s Mirage at the Easter Festival “Nouveaux Horizons” in Aix-en-Provence, France.

Pidoux’s first CD, titled Romance and in collaboration with pianist Jorge González Buajasan, was released by Alpha Classics in February 2022 and dedicated to Romantic repertoire. He recorded Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante for Four Winds with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Thomas Zehetmair, and his recording of Mozart’s Oboe Concerto with the Mozarteumorchester Salzburg, conducted by Howard Griffiths, was released by Alpha Classics in 2023, realised with the support of the Orpheum Foundation.

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© Jean Baptiste Millot

© Jean Baptiste Millot

© Jean Baptiste Millot