Florent Héau studied at the Paris Conservatory (CNSM de Pa- ris) in Michel Arrignon’s class. After having received several First Prizes between 1991 and 1995 in international competitions, Florent Héau has quickly established himself as one of the most important gures of the French clarinet school; a brilliant tra- dition he himself relentlessly perpetuates worldwide, by both giving concerts and master-classes.
Florent Héau has contributed to several premieres such as “Chant des Ténèbres” (concerto for clarinet and orchestra) by Thierry Es- caich, “Aizgor” by Félix Ibarrondo, “Sonatina lapidaria” by Nicolas Bacri and “Encore” de Karol Be a. In 2011, he premiered Philippe Hersant’s clarinet concerto with the Orchestre de Bretagne.
Regularly invited to various festivals (Prades, Deauville Folles Journées de Nantes, Bel-Air in Chambery, Orangerie de Sceaux, Auvers-sur-Oise), Florent Héau continues to expand his circle of chamber music partners, including Marielle Nordmann, Marcela Roggeri, Gerard Causse, Ro- land Pidoux, Henri Demarquette, Jérôme Ducros, Régis Pasquier, Patrice Fontanarosa, Renaud and Gautier Capuçon and the Prazak, Manfred, Ysaÿe and Parisii quartets.
He has appeared as a soloist with the European Camerata, the Orchestre de Bretagne, the Orchestre de Picardie, the Orchestre de la Basse-Normandie, the Orchestre de Nancy, the En- semble Orchestral de Paris, the Polish Radio Chamber Orchestra and the Prague Chamber Orchestra, to name a few.
In addition to being an exceptional musician, Florent Héau is also a skilled showman, whose multiple talents are revealed through performances with “Bons Becs” a musical theatre en- semble with whom he not only plays the clarinet and the ‘musical saw’, but also tap dances.
In 2015, Florent Héau will perform Mozart Concerto with the Orchestre de Chambre de Toulouse and Orchestra Classica de Espinho (Portugal). He will be giving a recital and masterclasses in Japan and Cuba.
Over the years, he has enjoyed continuous success with his recordings of various programs, including Sonatas by Brahms and Reger (with Patrick Zygmanowski), the Trios of Beethoven (with Jérôme Ducros and Henri Demarquette), pieces for clarinet and strings by Nicolas Bacri, the chamber works of Mozart (with Manfred Quartet) and Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto (with the Prague Chamber Orchestra, Transart Live label). His most recent recording with pianist Marce- la Roggeri si dedicated to the Argentinean composer Carlos Guastavino’s music (TransArt Live).
A renowned teacher, Florent Héau is clarinet professor at the Paris CRR and at the Osaka College of Music in Japan. He is regularly invited to teach in many countries in Europe, Latin America and Asia.