Florent HÉAU

Born in 1968, Florent Héau studied the clarinet with Michel Arrignon at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris, obtaining a Premier Prix before going on to postgraduate study there.

In 1991, he won First Prize at the Toulon International Music Competition. The duo Héau-Zygmanowski (clarinet-piano) was awarded first prizes at the Paris International Chamber Music Competition (1994) and the Fnapec “musique d’Ensemble” (1995). 

Florent Héau then began his concert carrer, playing chamber music in France, Japan and many European countries with such partners as Prazak quartet or Parisii quartet, and appearing as a soloist with orchestras including the European Camerata, the Orchestre Symphonique Français, the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris...

In 1997, Thierry Escaich asked him to give the first performance of his Chant des ténèbres (concerto for clarinet and string orchestra).

In 1996, Florent Héau has founded the music theatre company “Les Bons Becs”. With “Tempête sur les anches” (a “musico-poetic joke” for clarinets and percussion) they have created an aesthetic approach blending the languages of music and of the body (notably mime). This show have been performed both in France and in numerous other European countries (Spain, Sweden, Italy, Denmark, Germany...).

As the heir to the great tradition of the French clarinet school, Florent Héau was assistant professor under Michel Arrignon at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris from 1999 to 2003, and is currently professor of clarinet at CNR de Rueil-Malmaison.