Les Vents Français Wind/Brass Ensemble Various countries


Les Vents Français

Emmanuel Pahud, flute
Francois Leleux, oboe
Paul Meyer, clarinet
Gilbert Audin, bassoon
Radovan Vlatković, horn
Éric Le Sage, piano

The cast list of the ensemble Les Vents Français reads like the „Who’s who" of the international Wind ensemble’s scene. Five immanent experts of their respective instruments have met to a soloist’s ensemble of top class. This dreamteam is not only “French” as it consists almost exclusively of French musicians, it also devotes itself with a special verve to the music of Maurice Ravel, Francis Poulenc, Darius Milhaud, Albert Roussel up to André Caplet. According to the repertoire the ensemble performs from two to five musicians and is completed by pianist Eric Le Sage.

The group has been performing in the major concert houses and important festivals throughout Europe and in Japan as lately to Philharmonie Köln and Essen, Konzerthaus Wien, Liszt Academy Budapest, Istanbul Music Festival, Festival de la Grange de Meslay etc. Upcoming performances are scheduled at Tonhalle Düsseldorf, BASF Ludwigshafen, Graf Zeppelin Haus Friedrichshafen, Philharmonic Hall Warsaw among others.

Les Vents Français are working on a continuous expansion of the repertoire for winds by premiering numerous works by contemporary composers such as Thierry Escaich, Thierry Pécou, Guillaume Connesson, Michael Jarrell, Misato Mochizuki, Fuminori Tanada, Donald Waxmann and Qigang Chen.

Warner Classics has released seven highly-acclaimed recordings: 20th Century Wind Quintets, Winds & Piano (Mozart, Beethoven, Poulenc, Roussel, Caplet, Rimsky-Korsakow), Beethoven Album, Concertante! together with the Munich Chamber Orchestra, Moderniste (Philippe Hersant ,Thierry Escaich) and Romantique (George Onslow, Louis Spohr, August Klughardt) and Paul Hindemith: Wind Sonatas.



Their discography includes furthermore the complete chamber music by Francis Poulenc, the album “French Connection” with works for flute, clarinet and piano, the double album “Best of Quintet Music” which combines music for wood winds by French composers with repertoire of the 20th century for RCA Red Seal and EMI.

Season 2024/25


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Les Vents Francais in Ludwigshafen

Les Vents Francais perform a programme with Verdi, Mozart, Hersant and Thuile in Ludwigshafen on 9 April 2024.

Les Vents Francais: 31st Festival in Salon-de-Provence


Emmanuel Pahud, Francois Leleux, Paul Meyer, Gilbert Audin, Eric Le Sage & friends perform at their own festival in



Salon-de-Provence from 28 July-5 August 2023. The programmes include music by Mendelssohn, Schumann, Schostakowitsch, Saint-Saens, Gould, Shulman, Martinu, Ibert, Brahms, Bruch, Flament, Dohnanyi, Verdi, Granados, Debussy, Spohr, Farrenc among others.



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Les Vents Francais in Istanbul

Les Vents Francais perform at Istanbul Music Festival on 7 June 2023 a programme of music by Jacques Ilbert, Beethoven, Mozart, Ravel, Saint-Saens and Francis Poulenc.

Les Vents Francais in Biel und Essen

Les Vents Francais are performing in Biel on 11 December 2022 and in Essen on 12 December music by Ligeti, Milhaud, Ibert, Klughardt, Mozart, Beethoven and Poulenc in quintet formation and with Eric Le Sage on piano.

Les Vents Francais in Ittingen

Les Vents Francais perform a matinee in Ittingen/Switzerland on 6 November 2022 featuring music by Mozart, Darius Milhaud, Francis Poulenc and August Klughardt.

Les Vents Francais on tour in January 2022

Les Vents Francais perform four concerts in Martigny on 15, La Chaux-de-Fonds on 16, Bern on 17 and Cologne on 19 January in two programmes with music by Hindemith, Beethoven, Saint-Saens, Thuille, Klughardt, Mozart, Milhaud and Poulenc.

Les Vents Francais: nomination for OPUS KLASSIK

Les Vents Francais are nominated for OPUS KLASSIK in category Chamber Music 19th century for their album Romantique with music by George Onslow, Louis Spohr and August Klughardt. The award presentation will take place at Konzerthaus Berlin on 10 October.

Les Vents Francais in Neumarkt, Espinho and Oviedo

Les Vents Francais perform in Neumarkt on 9 and 10 June, Espinho festival on 12 June and in Oviedo Auditorio on 13 June music by Mozart, Klughardt and Poulenc.

Les Vents Francais: New Album at Warner Classics

Warner Classics releases another album of Les Vents Francais with Wind sonatas by Paul Hindemith on 2 April. Available as CD and digital.

Les Vents Francais: New album

Warner Classics has released a further album of Les Vents Francais, Romantique with music by George Onslow, Louis Spohr and August Klughardt.

Les Vents Francais on tour

Les Vents Francais are performing in Düsseldorf on 4 February, Rijeka on 6 February and Göteborg on 9 February wind repertoire by Beethoven and Mozart.



Programmes 2024/25/26

1) Brass Quintet with Piano
Ludwig van Beethoven: Quintet op. 16 (oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, piano)
Giuseppe Verdi: Wind quintet (transcription of the string quartet in E minor)
André Caplet: Quintet op. 8 (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, piano)
Francis Poulenc: Sextet C major for winds and piano op. 100

2) without Emmanuel Pahud
Ludwig van Beethoven: Quintet op. 16 (oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, piano)
Michail Glinka: Trio for clarinet, bassoon and piano
Carl Reinecke: Trio op. 188 (piano, oboe, horn)
W. A. Mozart: Quintet E-flat major K 452 (oboe, clarinet, horn, bassoon, piano)

Programme upon agreement

Jacques Ibert: Trois Pièces Bréves
Ludwig van Beethoven: Variations on „Là ci darem la mano“ C major WoO28 C
W.A. Mozart: Quintet E-flat major K 452
Maurice Ravel: Le Tombeau de Couperin
Camille Saint-Saëns: Tarentelle A minor op. 6
Francis Poulenc: Sextet C major for winds and piano op. 100 


Paul Hindemith: Wind Sonatas Les Vents Francais
Paul Hindemith: Wind Sonatas

Warner Classics (2021)

Les Vents Francais
Music by George Onslow, Louis Spohr and August Klughardt

Warner Classics (2020)


Les Vents Francais
Music by Philippe Hersant and Thierry Escaich

Warner Records (2019)


Les Vents Francais
Munich Chamber Orchestra/Daniel Giglberger (direction/violin)
Music by Mozart, Danzi, Devienne and Pleyel

Warner Classics (2018)

Beethoven - Les Vents Francais

Les Vents Francais
Works by Beethoven

Warner Classics (2017)

Les Vents Francais - Winds & Piano

Les Vents Francais & Eric Le Sage, piano
Works by Poulenc, Farrenc, Caplet, Mozart, Beethoven, Thuille and Rimsky-Korsakov

Warner Classics (2014)

20th Century Wind Quintets

Les Vents Francais
Works by Ibert, Ravel, Jolivet, Milhaud, Taffanel, Ligeti, Zemlinsky, Barber, Veress and Hindemith

Warner Classics (2014)