Nicolet, Aurele, prominent Swiss flutist and pedagogue; b. Neuchâtel, Jan. 22, 1926. He studied flute and theory with André Jamet and Willy Burkhard in Zürich, then pursued training with Marcel Moyse and Yvonne Drappier at the Paris Cons., where he won the premier prix for flute in 1947. In 1948 he captured first prize for flute at the Geneva Competition. After playing flute in the Zürich Tonhalle Orch. (1945–47), the Winterthur orch. (1948–50), and the Berlin Phil. (1950–59), he pursued an international career as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber music player. He also was a prof. at the Berlin Hochschule für Musik (1953–65) and later taught in Fribourg and Basel. In addition to traditional scores, he also played much modern music for his instrument, including works by Denisov, C. Halffter, Holliger, Kelterborn, Ligeti et al. He publ. a flute method (1967).
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