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Emmanuel Pahud



Biography

Named "Instrumentalist of the Year 1997" at the prestigious Victoires de la Musique award ceremony in Paris, the Swiss-French flutist Emmanuel Pahud is one of today's most exciting and adventurous musicians. He was born in Geneva in January 1970 and started to study music at the age of six. He graduated in 1990 with the Premier Prix from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, after which he continued his studies with Aurele Nicolet.

He has won first prize in many major competitions and he won eight out of the twelve prizes at the International Music competitions of Geneva in 1992, Kobe in 1989 and Duino in 1988. He took the Soloists Prize in the French-speaking Community Radio Awards in Switzerland, and the European Council's Juventus Prize. He is also a laureate of the Yehudi Menuhin Foundation and of the International Tribune for Musicians of UNESCO.

At the age of 22, Emmanuel Pahud was appointed Principal Flute of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under Claudio Abbado, a post to which he returned in 2002 after a two-year sabbatical period.
Emmanuel appears regularly at leading festivals throughout Europe, the USA and the Far East. His concerto appearances in the past few seasons have included the Berlin Philharmonic (Abbado), Baltimore Symphony, London Philharmonic, Zurich Tonhalle (Zinman), Suisse Romande, Monte-Carlo Philharmonic (Roshdestvensky), Bayerische Rundfunk (Maazel), RSO-Wien, Radio-France's Philharmonique (Hogwood), Danish Radio Symphony, a US tour with the Barcelona Symphony (including a Carnegie Hall début), Mariinski Orchestra (Katchaturian Concerto with Gergiev), Minnesota Orchestra (Vänska), Washington National Symphony (Perlmann), and a highly successful Australian début tour with the Australian Chamber Orchestra. Highlights among his future concerto engagements include the Camerata Salzburg, NHK Symphony Japan, Aspen (Zinman), Toronto Symphony, Dallas Symphony (Litton), London Philharmonic, European tours with the Scottish Chamber and Australian Chamber Orchestras, a US tour with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie (Harding) and a Far East tour with the Berliner Barock Solisten.

Emmanuel Pahud is also a dedicated chamber musician. He has recently toured Europe, North America and Japan in recital with pianists Eric Le Sage, Stephen Kovacecich and Hélène Grimaud, as well as in a flute and string quartet formation with Christoph Poppen, Hariolf Schichtig and Jean-Guihen Queyras. Highlights of the next two seasons include a Japan recital tour with Eric Le Sage, a series of ‘carte blanche' concerts at Cologne's Philharmonie, and a residency at the Lucerne Festival.
Emmanuel Pahud's discography has earned him several awards, including several Diapasons d'Or, Radio France's "Recording of the Year 1997", several Fono-Forum awards in Germany and the "Geijutsu" award from the Japanese record industry. In 1996 he signed an exclusive solo recording contract with EMI. He has since released six discs on the label to unanimous critical acclaim, and Pahud's collaboration with EMI is set to be one of the most significant contributions to recorded flute music. His most recent releases are Into the Blue - a collaboration with jazz pianist Jacky Terrasson (April 2003), a disc with Katchaturian and Ibert's flute concertos (Zurich Tonhalle with Zinman, released September 2003), and a recital disc with harpist Mariko Anraku (March 2004). His next release is the Franck, Widor and R. Strauss sonatas with Eric Le sage (Autumn 2004) and in June 2005 he will be recording Vivaldi concertos with the Australian Chamber Orchestra.

Last updated: February 28, 2007
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