October 14, 1999

Flautist Emmanuel Pahud to Perform at the Middlebury College Center for the Arts on Oct. 30

"Undeniably a star in the making." --The Chicago Tribune

Emmanuel Pahud, who became the principal flautist for the Berlin Philharmonic at age 23, will perform at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30 in the Concert Hall of the Middlebury College Center for the Arts on Route 30. Accompanied by French pianist Eric Le Sage, the performance will include works by Debussy, Poulenc, Sancan, and Franck. This concert is sponsored by the Middlebury College Concert Series.

Pahud, who is of French-Swiss descent, was born in Geneva and graduated from the Paris Conservatory. The 29-year-old has performed at major halls throughout Europe, the Far East, and the United States, including Carnegie Hall.

The New York Times deemed Pahud "an insightful and vital musician," "a superb flute soloist," and "the new flute sensation," and noted his "extraordinary technique, flawless intonation and uncanny breath control."

Among other international awards and recognition, Pahud's first EMI disc was honored as the favorite recording of the year in a Radio France listeners' poll. The 1997 recording features Mozart flute concertos and the Concerto for Flute and Harp with the Berlin Philharmonic.

Although his lessons did not begin until the age of six, Pahud's interest in the flute started even earlier, when at the age of four he heard the instrument being played in a neighbor's upstairs apartment in Rome. Soon afterward, he attempted to play a Mozart piece he liked.

Tickets for this performance are $9 general admission and $7 for senior citizens. A pre-performance dinner at 6:30 p.m. will be held at Rehearsals Cafe.

To order tickets or make dinner reservations, please call the College box office at 802-443-6433.