There have been several unforgettable events which have marked Philippe Tondre’s career. Undoubtedly one of his greatest moments was winning the ARD Music Competition as well as the Audience Prize and the prize for the best interpretation of Liza Lim’s commissioned composition in Munich in 2011. In 2012 Philippe Tondre received the « Beethoven Ring » a musical honour given by the Beethoven Fest in Bonn, thus joining the prestigious list of previous recipients including Julia Fischer, Lisa Batiashvili and Gustavo Dudamel. Philippe Tondre’s invitation to appear in the ARTE television Programme «Stars of Tomorrow », hosted by Rolando Villazon, was an exceptional and exciting moment.
Highlights in Philippe Tondre’s 2017/2018 schedule include a German Tour with the Arcata Chamber Orchestra, many masterclasses in Europe and Asia, recitals in Beijing and Shanghai. During the season there will also be chamber concerts and recitals with the Lotus String Quartet, with the Gewandhaus Soloists, and with leading pianist Danae Doerken. Philippe will be with his friends at the Wigmore Hall in London performing the Europe Premiere of Dai Fujikara’s Quintet : GO. He will perform in the Seiji Ozawa Matsumoto Music Festival playing chamber music with the Veritas Quartet and the Saito Kinen Orchestra Wind Ensemble.
Highlight of the last season was Philippe’s collaboration with leading pianist Danae Doerken which bloomed into a CD recording with South West Radio Germany, proposing rediscovered German repertoire. Joined by other young artists – Sebastian Manz, Daniela Koch and Maximilian Hornung, Philippe and Danae then participated in the Molyvos International Music Festival Greece : a new inspiring project binding countries and bringing people from different cultures together during a trying moment in Europe’s history. He also performed with the Moscow Soloists and Yuri Bashmet in the opening gala of the 10th Winter International Arts Festival in Sochi, Russia. During the season there were many chamber concerts and recitals with the Lotus String Quartet, with the Gewandhaus Soloists, and with leading pianist Danae Doerken. He embarked on an exceptional Japan Tour with Yu Kosuge, performing a Japanese world premiere for piano quintet, before heading to the China International Oboe Festival in Qingdao.
Principal oboe of the SWR Symphony Orchestra, member of the Mito Chamber Orchestra, the Saito Kinen Orchestra, the Budapest Festival Orchestra and the newly-founded Kammer Ensemble de Paris, he has appeared as soloist with many prestigious orchestras such as the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Stuttgart SWR Radio Symphony Orchestra, l’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Munich Chamber Orchestra , the Geneva Chamber Orchestra, the New Mozart Orchestra London and the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra. He made his Debut in the Berlin Philharmonie in June 2013 playing Bohuslav Martinu’s Concerto for Oboe, accompanied by the German Symphony Orchestra conducted by Clemens Schulz.
He has worked with eminent conductors, amongst others Seiji Ozawa, Andris Nelsons, Ivan Fischer, Daniele Gatti, Franz Welser-Möst, Sir Roger Norrington, Sir Colin Davis, Sir Neville Mariner, Fabio Luisi, Neemi Järvi, Herbert Blomstedt, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Marek Janowski und Daniel Harding.
His attachment to contemporary repertoire led to his highly acclaimed performance of the German Premiere of James MacMillan’s Oboe Concerto, conducted by the composer, accompanied by the SWR Stuttgart Radio Symphony orchestra, and the unforgettable Japanese Premiere of György Ligeti’s Double Concerto for Flute, Oboe and Orchestra, with Jacque Zoon (flute) and the Saito Kinen Orchestra conducted by Kazushi Ono.
Philippe Tondre is a passionate chamber musician and is regularly invited to the Kissinger Sommer Festival, the Schwetzinger Festspiele, the Tokyo Spring Festival, the Mozart Fest Würzburg and the Festival de Besançon. He performs with international artists including Heinz Holliger, Radek Baborak, Maurice Bourgue, Olga Watts, Jacques Zoon, Sébastien Jacot, Dag Jensen, Denes Varjon, the ARD Quintet and the Modigliani Quartet.
As principal oboe, he plays with leading orchestras including the Royal Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the Paris Orchestra and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra.
Prizewinner of all the major international competitions, namely the 65th Geneva International Music Competition Switzerland, the Sony Music Foundation’s International Oboe Competition Karuizawa Japan, the Fernand Gillet- Hugo Fox Oboe Competition USA and the Prague Spring International Music Competition, he was awarded the Gustav Mahler Prize by the Mahler Association 2000 Vienna.
Born in Mulhouse France in 1989, Philippe played in the French National Youth Orchestra and the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra. At the age of 18, while studying at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris, he was appointed principal oboe of the South West Radio Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart (2008-2016) and was also Principal Oboe of the Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig (2016-2017).
In November 2015 Philippe Tondre was nominated Professor for Oboe at the Hochschule für Musik Saar. He gives masterclasses in China, Taiwan, Japan, Spain and Germany.
Philippe Tondre plays a Marigaux M2 oboe.