Solo oboist of the Orchestre de chambre de Paris, Ilyes Boufadden began studying the oboe in Romainville in the class of Isabelle Hauchecorne. He then continued with Nora Cismondi and Stéphane Goyeau at the CRR of Paris before joining in 2014 the classes of Jacques Tys, David Walter, and Frédéric Tardy at the CNSMDP. He obtained his master’s degree in 2019 with honorary mention.

Successively oboist of the 2015 session of the French Youth Orchestra and principal oboe of the Pasdeloup Orchestra, Ilyes has also won many competitions such as the 3rd prize in the Aeolus international competition (public prize and 1st prize in the oboe category), 1st prize at the Barbirolli international competition, 1st prize in the European competition Be the One oboist, and 2nd prize at the French Association of Oboe competition.

Ilyes has played as a soloist with prestigious orchestras (Düsseldorfer Symphoniker, RTV Slovenia Symphony, Orchestre de Picardie, Slovak Sinfonietta Zilina…) and collaborates with various formations (Orchestre National de France, London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National de Lyon, Ensemble Les Dissonances, Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse, …). He is thus brought to play in some of the most beautiful European halls such as the Philharmonie de Paris, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Konzerthaus Berlin, Elbphilharmonie Hambourg, Kölner Philharmonie, and the Barbican Centre to name a few.

His fascination for different means of transmission and sharing brought Ilyes to found the Cocteau Trio with bassoonist Lola Descours and clarinetist Renaud Guy-Rousseau. Together they play the most beautiful repertoire of the Roaring Twenties as well as the many existing transcriptions.
In parallel to his concert activity, Ilyes teaches in one of Paris’s city conservatories: Conservatoire du 7e arrondissement.