THE PATRON : STEPHANE LABEYRIE (FRANCE)
Born in 1975, Stéphane Labeyrie studied tuba with Marc Ursule at Toulouse’s CNR. Three years later, in 1991, he won the gold medal unanimously by the jury.
That same year, he entered the National Conservatory of Music of Lyon in Melvin Culbertson’s class. He obtained his National Diploma of Higher Studies in Music with honors from the jury in 1995.
In 1992, he won the Special Musical Prize at the Markneukirchen International Competition
(Germany). He was then invited to participate in the closing concert of the International Tuba
Congress in Chicago (USA) in June 1995.
Stéphane Labeyrie is a laureate of several international competitions: 1995 – First Prize, unanimously, of the International Tuba Competition of Sydney (Australia); 1996 – First Prize of the International Competition of Markneukirchen (Germany); 1997 – First Prize of the International Competition of Riva Del Garda (Italy); 2008 – Second Prize of the International Competition of Porcia (Italy).
In 2000, he was invited to play solo in Toulouse’s National Orchestra of the Capitole, with Michel Plasson who gave him the nickname “The Pablo Casals of Tuba” in the show “The Four Seasons”. He was also invited to the “Victoires de la Musique Classique” with the Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire.
Stéphane Labeyrie participates in many festivals and often performs as a soloist with various formations (recitals, orchestras and harmonies …) beyond our borders (United States, Japan, Spain, England …). To date, he has recorded two CDs: “Rencontre” (recognized by the music press by
obtaining “4 tuning forks”), and “Récital”.
He also performs in Chamber Music with brass and percussion ensemble IBY6 Brass, Michel Godard, Octobone Ensemble with Michel Becquet, Les Cuivres Français with Thierry Caens, Brass United …
He currently plays YAMAHA instruments and participates in their development.
After having played at the National Opera of Lyon with Kent Nagano and spent 2 years at Toulouse’s National Orchestra of the Capitole under the direction of Michel Plasson, he has occupied for 16 years the position of Tuba Solo at the Paris’ Orchestra, first under the direction of Christoph Eschenbach, then of Paavo Järvi and now of Daniel Harding.
After having held the position of professor at the Music School of Lausanne (Switzerland), he currently teaches at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Lyon.