Flute

Emmanuel Pahud

Principal Flute, Berlin Philharmonic

Credit: Josef Fischnaller

Introduction

Swiss-and-French flautist Emmanuel Pahud began studying music at the age of six. He graduated in 1990 with the 1er Prix from the Paris Conservatoire, and went on studying with Aurèle Nicolet. He won 1st Prize at the Duino, Kobe and Geneva Competitions, and at age 22 Emmanuel joined the Berliner Philharmoniker as Principal Flute under Claudio Abbado, a position which he still holds today. In addition, he enjoys an extensive international career as soloist and chamber musician.

Emmanuel appears regularly at leading concert series, festivals and orchestras worldwide, and has collaborated as a soloist with top conductors such as Abbado, Antonini, Barenboim, Boulez, Fischer, Gergiev, Gardiner, Harding, Järvi, Maazel, Nezet-Séguin, Orozco-Estrada, Perlman, Pinnock, Rattle, Rostropovich, Zinman.

Emmanuel is a dedicated chamber musician and regularly gives recitals with pianists Eric Le Sage, Alessio Bax, Yefim Bronfman, Hélène Grimaud, Stephen Kovacevich, as well as jazzing with Jacky Terrasson. In 1993, Emmanuel founded the Summer Music Festival in Salon de Provence together with Eric Le Sage and Paul Meyer, which is still a unique chamber music festival today. He also continues chamber music performances and recordings with “Les Vents Français” with top wind players François Leleux, Paul Meyer, Gilbert Audin and Radovan Vlatkovic.

He is committed to expanding the flute repertoire and commissions new flute works every year to composers such as Elliott Carter, Marc-André Dalbavie, Thierry Escaich, Simon Holt, Toshio Hosokawa, Michaël Jarrell, Luca Lombardi, Philippe Manoury, Matthias Pintscher, Christian Rivet.

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Performance Schedule

Performance Schedule

  • 20:00 25 Apr 2017
    Philharmonie Cologne, COLOGNE

    SAINT-SAENS Caprice, Op.79 (fl ob cl pno)
    LOUIS SPOHR Quintet, Op.52 (fl cl fg hrn pno)
    Interval
    POULENC Trio (ob fg pno)
    SCHUMANN Four Nachtstücke, Op.23 (pno)
    POULENC Sextet, FP.100 (fl ob cl fg hrn pno)

    Emmanuel Pahud (flute)
    François Leleux (oboe)
    Paul Meyer (clarinet)
    Gilbert Audin (bassoon)
    Radovan Vlatkovic (horn)
    Eric le Sage (piano)

  • 20:30 28 Apr 2017
    Auditorio RSI, LUGANO

    DEVIENNE Flute Concerto No.7 in E minor
    Interval
    MOZART Andante in C major, K.315

    Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana
    Nicholas Milton, conductor

  • 20:00 12 May 2017
    National Theatre of Sarajevo, SARAJEVO

    KHACHATURIAN Flute Concerto

    Sarajevo Philharmonic Orchestra
    Conductor: Uros Lajovic

  • 20:00 13 May 2017
    CRR Concert Hall, ISTANBUL

    Poulenc Trio for Oboe, Basoon & Piano
    Poulenc Flute Sonata
    Poulenc Clarinet Sonata
    -Interval-
    Saint Saens Caprice for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, & Piano
    Caplet Quintet for Flute, Clarinet, Oboe, Basoon & Piano

    Emmanuel Pahud (flute)
    François Leleux (oboe)
    Paul Meyer (clarinet)
    Gilbert Audin (bassoon)
    Eric le Sage (piano)

  • 19:30 19 May 2017
    Zentrum Paul Klee, BERN

    PLEYEL Flute Concerto in C major
    MOZART Andante in C major, K.315

    Zurich Chamber Orchestra

  • 20:00 20 May 2017
    Theater Chur, CHUR

    PLEYEL Flute Concerto in C major
    MOZART Andante in C major, K.315

    Zurich Chamber Orchestra

  • 18:00 28 May 2017
    National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra, KATOWICE

    MOZART Flute Sonata in C major, K.296 (orig. violin, arr. Pahud)
     SCHUBERT Variations in E minor, D.802
    -Interval-
    SCHUMANN Fantasiestücke, Op.73 (orig. clarinet, violin or cello, arr. Pahud)
    MENDELSSOHN Sonata in F major (1838) (orig. violin, arr.Pahud)

    Piano: Eric le Sage

  • 19:30 29 May 2017
    Liszt Academy of Music Great Hall, BUDAPEST

    MOZART Flute Sonata in C major, K.296 (orig. violin, arr. Pahud)
     SCHUBERT Variations in E minor, D.802
    -Interval-
    SCHUMANN Fantasiestücke, Op.73 (orig. clarinet, violin or cello, arr. Pahud)
    MENDELSSOHN Sonata in F major (1838) (orig. violin, arr.Pahud)

    Eric le Sage, piano

  • 19:30 31 May 2017
    Wiener Konzerthaus, VIENNA

    BACH Partita for Solo Flute, BWV 1013
    BACH Prelude & Fugue in E flat minor, BWV 853 für Klavier solo
    SCHUBERT Introduktion und Variationen ber “Trockne Blumen”, D.802
    Interval
    BOULEZ Sonatine
    PROKOFIEV Sonata for Flute and Piano in D major, Op.94

    Denis Kozhukhin, piano

  • 19:30 01 Jun 2017
    Wiener Konzerthaus, VIENNA

    BOULEZ “Memoriale”
    IBERT Flute Concerto

    Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra
    Matthias Pintscher, conductor*

  • 21:00 06 Jun 2017
    Sala Sao Paulo, SAO PAULO

    HAYDN Symphony No.47 in G major
    MOZART Flute Concerto No.2 in D major, K.314
    Interval
    DEVIENNE Flute Concerto No.7 in E minor
    MOZART Symphony No.29 in A major

    Kammerakademie Potsdam
    Trevor Pinnock, conductor

  • 21:00 07 Jun 2017
    Sala Sao Paulo, SAO PAULO

    HAYDN Symphony No.47 in G major
    MOZART Flute Concerto No.2 in D major, K.314
    Interval
    DEVIENNE Flute Concerto No.7 in E minor
    MOZART Symphony No.29 in A major

    Kammerakademie Potsdam
    Trevor Pinnock, conductor

  • 20:00 09 Jun 2017
    Teatro Corpartes, SANTIAGO

    HAYDN Symphony No.47 in G major
    MOZART Flute Concerto No.2 in D major, K.314
    Interval
    DEVIENNE Flute Concerto No.7 in E minor
    MOZART Symphony No.29 in A major

    Kammerakademie Potsdam
    Emmanuel Pahud, flute

  • 19:00 10 Jun 2017
    Teatro del Lago, FRUTILLAR

    HAYDN Symphony No.47 in G major
    MOZART Flute Concerto No.2 in D major, K.314
    Interval
    DEVIENNE Flute Concerto No.7 in E minor
    MOZART Symphony No.29 in A major

    Kammerakademie Potsdam
    Trevor Pinnock, conductor

  • 20:00 12 Jun 2017
    Teatro Colón, BUENOS AIRES

    HAYDN Symphony No.47 in G major
    MOZART Flute Concerto No.2 in D major, K.314
    Interval
    DEVIENNE Flute Concerto No.7 in E minor
    MOZART Symphony No.29 in A major

    Kammerakademie Potsdam
    Trevor Pinnock, conductor

  • 20:00 14 Jun 2017
    Teatro Colón, BUENOS AIRES

    HAYDN Symphony No.47 in G major
    MOZART Flute Concerto No.2 in D major, K.314
    Interval
    DEVIENNE Flute Concerto No.7 in E minor
    MOZART Symphony No.29 in A major

    Kammerakademie Potsdam
    Trevor Pinnock, conductor

  • 17:00 17 Jun 2017
    Dom St. Peter und Paul, city TBC

    HAYDN Symphony No.47 in G major
    MOZART Flute Concerto No.2 in D major, K.314
    Interval
    DEVIENNE Flute Concerto No.7 in E minor
    MOZART Symphony No.29 in A major
    Encore: GLUCK Dance of the Blessed Spirits

    Kammerakademie Potsdam
    Conductor: TREVOR PINNOCK

Discography

  • 20 Jul 16
    With Jonathan Feldman, Music Academy of the West
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    “Another masterpiece of the flute rep, Bohuslav Martinu’s Sonata for Flute and Piano from 1945 rewarded listeners with its  fascinating piano introduction and Pahud’s mesmerizing sound in the first movement Allegro moderato. The magnifi cent Adagio gave meaning to the concept of shared cultural temperaments, American and Czech, while the third movement Allegro poco moderato, with its fun but tough rhythmic tricks and jolly tunes, credentialed the composer’s study of Czech folk roots and gave Pahud license to demonstrate his amazing technique.”
    Daniel Kepl, VoiceSB.com, 29 July 2016 

  • 29 Jan 16
    With the Utah Symphony
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    “Dalbavie’s single-movement concerto, written for Pahud in 2005, presents a fascinating array of coloristic and rhythmic effects in its 18  minutes— not just for the soloist, but for the orchestra as well. There are sounds in it that most listeners wouldn’t have guessed a flute could  make, and Pahud produced them with seemingly little effort.”
    Catherine Reese Newton, Salt Lake Tribune, 29 January 2016

  • 19 Sep 15 Wigmore Hall
    With Eric Le Sage and Jean-Guihen Queyras
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    …What immediately caught my ears was that the sonority of these three quite different instruments melded so well and was perfectly balanced, and when Pahud played the same melody as Le Sage’s right hand, or in a duet in thirds, they were absolutely in sync. The cello part is quite conventionally written and did not put too many demands on Queyras beyond supporting the bass line, but he is so lyrical even in accompaniment…In the G major trio, the variation-form middle movement was particularly attractive. The theme is led by the piano, followed by a variation on the flute in the minor. Pahud’s tone is clear yet has a strong core, and the melody comes across beautifully without ever overpowering the other players…

    ★   ★   ★   ★   ★    Nahoko Gotoh, Bachtrack 23 September 2015

  • 01 Jan 12 The Flute King
    Recording on EMI
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    “A honeyed tone with technical capabilities envied around the world…This new release on EMI is with Trevor Pinnock at the harpsichord and looks at the repertoire from the court of Fredrick the Great. ”
    www.readings.com 12 January 2012

  • 10 Dec 11
    With Yefim Bronfman
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    “Pahud and Bronfman performed it beautifully, allowing Prokofiev’s characteristic percussive drive to emerge without over-egging the material…The Schumann and Mozart were also lovely, thanks to the perfectly judged phrasing and combination of Pahud’s trademark golden flowing tone.”
    The Guardian, 14 December 2011

  • 03 Nov 11 Concert November 2011
    With the Baselkammerorchester
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    “He carried the melody as if a very fragile treasure, supported by the silky sound of the ensemble. Heartfelt and touching.”
    Gluck Dance of the Blessed Spirits, Baselkammerorchester/Giovanni Antonini
    DiePresse.com, 3 November 2011

  • 30 Jul 11 BBC Prom
    With the BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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    “…it was light and classically poised, Pahud turning on a dime from tranced stillness to darting speed.”
    The Telegraph, 31 July 2011

  • 01 Jul 11 BBC Prom
    With the BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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    “Pahud made the solo part such an outpouring of beautiful, lyrical playing.”
    The Financial Times, 31 July 2011