Photographer: Emma Picq 

Warner Classics has signed an exclusive agreement with the French clarinettist Pierre Génisson. His first release on the Erato label, scheduled for late October 2023, will be a Mozart album recorded with Concerto Köln. 

Pierre Génisson, a native of Marseille, is established as one of today’s leading French wind instrumentalists. The winner of several major competitions, he trained in Paris at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique and in Los Angeles at the University of Southern California. 

A multi-faceted soloist, he commands a repertoire that ranges from Mozart to jazz by way of folk music. His lively interest in new music has led to collaborations with numerous composers; among those who have dedicated works to him are Thierry Escaich, Karol Beffa and Eric Tanguy. 

He is a frequent guest with orchestras around the world, including the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, the orchestras of the BBC, and the Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège. His new recordings will build on his existing, highly praised discography. 

“To become part of the Warner Classics family is both a landmark and a turning point in my career,” says Pierre Génisson. “I am honoured and delighted to have the opportunity to work with Alain Lanceron and his team, who are welcoming, receptive and supportive as we discuss plans for the future. It is an inspiring partnership and I look forward to presenting the recordings it produces to the public.” 

Alain Lanceron, President Warner Classics & Erato describes Génisson as “a major talent on the French and international musical scene. He is a musician of great sensitivity and finesse – whatever he plays will be filled with expression and emotion. As a performer he immediately captivates an audience, while his modesty, enthusiasm and generosity make him an ideal colleague and teacher.” 

Pierre Génisson complements his career as a performer with a teaching post at the École normale de Musique in Paris and by giving masterclasses around the world. 

He was awarded the Prix Cino del Duca by the Académie des Beaux-Arts of the Institut de France and is an ambassador for Buffet Crampon, a leading French manufacturer of wind instruments.