DUET WITH CLARINETTIST RENAUD GUY-ROUSSEAU

‘The clarinet and the accordion are both wind instruments with similar timbres that are prominent in Eastern Europe, in Klezmer music as well as in the Balkans. The focus of this programme is to blend music, whether classical or popular, that evokes Eastern Europe, from Austria to Russia: a lied by Schubert, famous Dance Preludes by Lutoslawski, the no less famous Romanian Folk Dances by Bartók and Jewish Songs by Bloch, as well as pieces by Richard Galliano written in this spirit.


At times smooth and at others piercing, conveying an underlying melancholy while also reflecting music that is frequently characterised as festive, the accordion and the clarinet, the timbres of which are often compared, each have their own respective histories connected to Eastern European countries. Through the work of romantic and contemporary composers like Lutosławski, Bartòk and Bloch, readapting popular repertoire and Klezmer pieces, the instrumentalists reveal the richness of these wind instruments that left their mark upon music in the 19th and 20th centuries.

RENAUD GUY-ROUSSEAU – clarinet

Born in Paris in 1990, Renaud trained under Michel Bernier at the Conservatoire des Lilas before being taught by Richard Vieille at the CRR in Paris. His interest in the bass clarinet led him to work with Jean-Marc Volta and then Jean-Noël Crocq.

​He perfected his skill in chamber music in a class taught by Paul Meyer and Eric le Sage in a woodwind quintet, then continued studying at the CNSM de Paris in a class taken by Philippe Berrod and Arnaud Leroy. 

Winner of the European Music Competition in Picardy, as well as the Leopold Bellan and UFAM competitions, he was also principle clarinet of the Jeune Philharmonie de Seine Saint Denis between 2004 and 2007. Renaud participated in the Orchestre Français des Jeunes led by Dennis Russell Davies, as well as in the Pacific Music Festival Orchestra based in Japan led by Fabio Luisi. Solo bass clarinet of the Orchestre Lamoureux and a member of Ensemble Furians and principal clarinet (led by Pierre Dumoussaud), he regularly plays in other ensembles: Ensemble Initium, Orchestre les Siècles, La Chambre Philharmonique, Orchestre National de Lyon, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio-France, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre National de France where amongst others he had an opportunity to be conducted by Bernard Haitink, Ricardo Mutti, Emmanuel Krivine, Daniele Gatti and Leonard Slatkin. 

Renaud regularly records and creates new music in collaboration with Toufikh Farroukh, Denis Dufour and François Tashdjian. Fascinated by improvised music, he followed advice from Louis Scalvis, Thomas Savy and Vincent Lê Quang and plays in the jazz manouche group Les Tzingarelli. He is currently studying the generative improvisation course at the CNSMDP. He has been solo bass clarinettist for the Orchestre National de France since September 2013.

RENAUD GUY ROUSSEAU