“With an astonishing array of subtly molded sounds, superb breath control, flawless articulation and, above all, consistently eloquent phrasing, Pahud elevated the [Mozart First Flute] concerto from the charming to the sublime.”

The Baltimore Sun

“That said, the Flute Concerto No. 1 in G is entertainment music on a high level, especially when played with the panache Emmanuel Pahud brought to it yesterday. What a full, rich, luscious tone he has, perhaps the most appealing sound since that of the young James Galway.”

The Washington Post

“A stellar artist of impeccable technique and refined musicianship…. Prokofiev’s Sonata in D Major Op. 94 was played with voluptuous sonority, poignant feeling and attention to dramatic detail…”

The Cleveland Plain Dealer

“…one of today’s most dazzling interpreters of the 20th-century flute repertoire.”

BBC Music Magazine

“In [Mozart’s] Concerto for flute and harp as well as the solo concerto Pahud makes a dazzling impression, with his lightness and agility…. His delicate pointing of rhythm and phrase in slow movements reveals a most imaginative artist.”


“Pahud’s technique, musicality, and charisma were on full display from his first entrance in the Mozart/Fobbes Fantasy. He played from memory, swaying and at times, nearly dancing as he played. His tone in the low register was deep and rich, and it remained clear throughout the fireworks in the high register.”

Utah Arts Review

French and Swiss flautist Emmanuel Pahud began studying music at the age of six. He graduated in 1990 with the 1er Prix from the Paris Conservatoire and went on studying with Aurèle Nicolet. He won 1st Prize at the Duino, Kobe and Geneva Competitions, and at age 22 Emmanuel joined the Berliner Philharmoniker as Principal Flute under Claudio Abbado, a position which he still holds today. In addition, he enjoys an extensive international career as soloist and chamber musician.

Emmanuel appears regularly at prominent concert series, festivals and orchestras worldwide, and has collaborated as a soloist with leading conductors such as Abbado, Antonini, Barenboim, Boulez, Fischer, Gergiev, Gardiner, Harding, Järvi, Maazel, Nézét-Séguin, Orozco-Estrada, Perlman, Pinnock, Rattle, Rostropovich, Zinman.

Emmanuel is a dedicated chamber musician and regularly gives recitals with pianists Eric Le Sage, Alessio Bax, Yefim Bronfman, Hélène Grimaud, Stephen Kovacevich, as well as jazzing with Jacky Terrasson. In 1993, Emmanuel founded the Summer Music Festival in Salon de Provence together with Eric Le Sage and Paul Meyer, which is still a unique chamber music festival today. He also continues chamber music performances and recordings with “Les Vents Français”, one of the premiere wind quintets featuring François Leleux, Paul Meyer, Gilbert Audin and Radovan Vlatkovic.

He is committed to expanding the flute repertoire and commissions new flute works every year to composers such as Elliott Carter, Marc-André Dalbavie, Thierry Escaich, Toshio Hosokawa, Michaël Jarrell, Philippe Manoury, Matthias Pintscher, Christian Rivet, Eric Montalbetti, Luca Francesconi and Erkki-Sven Tüür.

Since 1996, Emmanuel has recorded 40 albums exclusively for EMI / Warner Classics, which all have received unanimous critical acclaim and awards, resulting in one of the most significant contributions to recorded flute music.

Emmanuel was honored to receive the Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres for his contribution to music, is HonRAM of the Royal Academy of Music, an Ambassador for Unicef and recipient of the Léonie Sonning Music Prize for 2024.