The soloists of the Ensemble intercontemporain
Didier Pateau

Didier Pateau won a First Prize for oboe at the Paris Conservatoire (CNSMDP) in 1978 and joined the Ensemble intercontemporain in the same year. His repertoire includes many 20th century soloist pieces by composers such as Luciano Berio, Heinz Holliger, Gilbert Amy and Brian Ferneyhough. He gave the first performance of Ferneyhough’s Algebrah (for oboe and string ensemble), conducted by David Robertson. Didier Pateau has recorded Michael Jarrell’s Congruences (for flute, oboe and small ensemble), conducted by Peter Eötvös; Harrison Birtwistle’s Five Distances; and, with the Nielsen Wind Quintet, an eclectic programme featuring Berio, Mozart, Reich and Bizet. Didier Pateau also teaches. Apart from his work at the Aulnay-sous-Bois National School of Music, he regularly takes part in meetings with student composers - for instance, those from Michael Jarrell’s class at the Vienna Musikhochschule - and gives master classes in Oslo, Halifax and Santiago de Chile. In 2008 and 2009, he was asked to feature as soloist in the Pollini Project at the Salle Pleyel in Paris and at the Scala in Milan. In 2013, he participated in the La Folle Journée festival in Tokyo.