Emmanuel Pahud / flute
Hailed as "Instrumentalist of the Year" at the prestigious Victoires de la Musique Award ceremony in Paris in 1997, the Swiss-and-French flutist Emmanuel Pahud is one of today's most exciting and adventurous musicians. Born in Geneva in January 1970, he 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.
Pahud has won first prizes in many major international music competitions, such as Kobe in 1989, Duino in 1988, and the Concours de Genève in 1992 – where he won on top all of the eight special prizes. He received the Soloists Prize in the World-wide French-speaking Community Radio Awards, 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 an 18-month sabbatical when he taught the Virtuosity Class at the Geneva Conservatoire. He has also been managing the Media activities of the BPO in the last 3 years.
Pahud appears regularly at leading festivals throughout Europe, the USA and the Far East. He has appeared as soloist with many of the world's leading orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, Zurich Tonhalle, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Mariinski, Minnesota Symphony, Camerata Salzburg, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie, Washington National Symphony, NHK Symphony, and Scottish Chamber orchestras. He has collaborated with conductors such as Abbado, Rattle, Zinman, Maazel, Boulez, Gergiev, Gardiner, Harding, Järvi, Rostropovich and Perlman.
His 2010-11 season includes concerts with, among others, the Berlin Philharmonic, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic, NHK Symphony, Capitole de Toulouse, Sydney Symphony, Melbourne Symphony, as well as with the Stuttgart, Lausanne, Zurich and the Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestras.
Pahud is also a dedicated chamber musician and regularly gives recital tours with pianists such as Eric Le Sage, Yefim Bronfman and Hélène Grimaud, as well as jazzing with Jacky Terrasson. In 2010-11, he tours with pianist Eric Le Sage, clarinettist Paul Meyer, violinist Guy Braunstein and cellist Zvi Plesser in Germany, Austria and France. Eighteen years ago, Pahud founded the Summer Chamber Music Festival “Musique à l’Empéri” together with Le Sage and Meyer in Salon de Provence.
In 1996, Emmanuel Pahud signed an exclusive contract with EMI Classics, a collaboration which has proven to be one of the most significant contributions to recorded flute music. The, more than 20, releases have received unanimous critical acclaim and have been showered with awards including several TV-Victoires de la Musique, Diapason d'Or, Radio France's Recording of the Year, Fono-Forum and TV-Echo awards in Germany, Record Geijutsu and Ongaku no Tomo awards from Japan.
In June 2009, Emmanuel Pahud was honoured to Chevalier dans l' Ordre des Arts et des Lettres for his contribution to music.