The Los Angeles Philharmonic has announced the appointment of MATHIEU DUFOUR as principal flute, effective in mid-September. Selected by Esa-Pekka Salonen prior to his recent departure as music director, Dufour has served as principal flute in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra since 1999; his first appearance with the Los Angeles Philharmonic as principal flute will be ¡Bienvenido Gustavo!, a free community concert sponsored by Target at the Hollywood Bowl on Saturday, October 3, which inaugurates Gustavo Dudamel’s first season as music director. Prior to Chicago, Dufour served as principal solo flute at the Paris National Opera, and, before that, held the same title at the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse. A native of Paris, he began flute studies at the age of eight at Paris’s National Regional Conservatory and furthered his training at the National Conservatory of Music in Lyon, where he was awarded a first prize in 1993. Additional awards include second prize in the Jean-Pierre Rampal International Flute Competition (1990); third prize in the International Flute Competition in Budapest (1991); and second prize in the International Flute Competition in Kobe, Japan (1997).
Mathieu Dufour photo courtesy Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Posted September 11. 2009