Emmanuel Pahud

Biography

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.

Pahud 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.

Pahud 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.

Since 1996 Pahud records exclusively for EMI / Warner Classics, one of the most significant contributions to recorded flute music: more than 25 recordings which all have received unanimous critical acclaim and winning awards.

Pahud was honoured to Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres for his contribution to music, and is HonRAM of the Royal Academy of Music. He also is an Ambassador for Unicef.

June 2016 - This biography must not be edited without the prior permission of Askonas Holt Ltd

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    Emmanuel Pahud records C.P.E. Bach with Trevor Pinnock

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Pierre Boulez Saal, BERLIN

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

Denis Kozhukhin, piano

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)

CRR Concert Hall, ISTANBUL

Poulenc Trio Ob Bsn Piano
Poulenc Flute Sonata
Poulenc Clarinet Sonata
-Interval-
Saint Saens Caprice for Fl Ob Cl Piano
Caplet Quintet for Fl Cl Ob Bsn Piano

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

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

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

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
Emmanuel Pahud, flute

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
Emmanuel Pahud, flute

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
Emmanuel Pahud, flute

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Recital 20 July 2016

With Jonathan Feldman, Music Academy of the West

"Another masterpiece of the fl ute 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 fi rst movement Allegro moderato. Th e 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

Concert 29 January 2016

With the Utah Symphony

"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

Wigmore Hall Recital September 2015

With Eric Le Sage and Jean-Guihen Queyras

…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… (five stars) Bachtrack September 2015

The Flute King

Recording on EMI

"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

Chamber Concert December 2011

With Yefim Bronfman

"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

Concert November 2011

With the Baselkammerorchester

"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

BBC Prom July 2011

With the BBC National Orchestra of Wales

"...it was light and classically poised, Pahud turning on a dime from tranced stillness to darting speed." The Telegraph, 31 July 2011

BBC Prom July 2011

With the BBC National Orchestra of Wales

"Pahud made the solo part such an outpouring of beautiful, lyrical playing." The Financial Times, 31 July 2011

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Recordings

The Flute King

Music from the Court of Frederick the Great

Composer: Friedrich d.Gr. / Bach / Quantz
With Trevor Pinnock, Cembalo; Jonathan Manson, Cello; Matthew Truscott, Violin; Kammerakademie Potsdam
Warner Classics