Pahud, Emmanuel, Swiss flutist; b. Geneva, Jan. 27, 1970. He began his music training when he was 6. After winning the Belgian National Competition in 1985, he made his professional debut that Oct. in a recital at the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels. He pursued studies with Michel Debost, Alain Marion, and Pierre-Yves Artaud at the Paris Cons., where he was awarded the premier prix in 1990. Even before his graduation, he was appointed principal flutist of the Basel Radio Sym. Orch. at the age of 19, a position he held until 1992. He also pursued advanced studies with Aurèle Nicolet in Paris. In 1992 he captured 1st prize in the Geneva competition, and then made his U.S. debut as a soloist in the U.S. premiere of Corghi’s Suite Dodo for Soprano, Flute, and Orch. at N.Y/s Alice Tully Hall. In 1993 he became principal flutist of the Berlin Phil. While retaining this position, he has pursued a highly successful career as a soloist and recitalist. He made his Paris recital debut in 1994, followed by recital appearances in London and N.Y. in 1998. His engagements have taken him to major music centers on both sides of the Atlantic. Pahud’s repertoire ranges from C.P.E. Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, and Weber to Fauré, Debussy, Ravel, Prokofiev, Berio, Ligeti, and Penderecki.
—Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire