Emmanuel Pahud


Emmanuel Pahud

Named as Instrumentalist of the year 1997 at the prestigious Victoires de la Musique Award ceremony in Paris in February 1998, the Swiss-French flautist Emmanuel Pahud is one of the most exciting and adventurous musicians to date.

Life and Music

  • Born in Geneva, Pahud began studying music aged six, graduating from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris in 1990.
  • At 22, he was appointed the Principal Flute of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under Claudio Abbado, but in 2000 had to relinquish his position because of numerous solo recitals and concerts all over the world.
  • Pahud went on to perform with the Berlin Philharmonic on his first release, the complete Mozart Concertos for Flute and for Flute and Harp in 1997, for which he received several awards, including Diapason's CD of the year award.
  • He continued his exploration of the Classical repertoire with a disc of the four Mozart quartets for flute and string trio in August 1999, followed in 2000 with the release of an album of French repertoire by Debussy, Ravel and Prokofiev featuring pianist Stephen Kovacevich, 'cellist Truls Mork and mezzo-soprano Katarina Karnéus.

Did you know?
Pahud is the only flautist in the world to have a solo recording contract with a major record company (EMI).

Strauss: Sonata for Flute & Piano


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