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Q&A with Julien Beaudiment

Q&A with Julien Beaudiment

Julien Beaudiment talks to us in this online Q&A session about his orchestral life, solo career and performances, shares his view on how to play Bach and how to structure practice when there are no concerts happening. Watch exclusively videos only on Principal Chairs.

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Q&A with Aldo Baerten

Q&A with Aldo Baerten

Aldo Baerten – First flute of the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra talks to us about his orchestral career, flute tips and tricks, solo career and how to deal with your practice in these times of uncertainty. Watch his exclusive video masterclasses on Principal Chairs.

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Q&A with Peter Verhoyen

Q&A with Peter Verhoyen

Peter Verhoyen joins Principal Chairs to talk about his orchestral career as a piccolo player. We also talk about his beloved instruments and his teaching at the conservatoire and the summer school which he hosts nearly every year with in Bruges.

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Q&A with Walter Auer

Q&A with Walter Auer

We talk to Walter Auer, first flute of the Vienna Philharmonic about his career as a soloist and an orchestral player in one of the top orchestras in the world. View his masterclasses recorded at the Royal Academy of Music in London on the Principal Chairs website.

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Masterclass Series Episode 6

Masterclass Series Episode 6

Michael Cox, in partnership with Principal Chairs, presents his Masterclass Series. They were held online during lockdown in the UK in summer 2020. Participants were invited to send in video performances for Michael to watch in a Live answering session.

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Masterclass Series Episode 5

Masterclass Series Episode 5

Michael Cox, in partnership with Principal Chairs, presents his Masterclass Series. They were held online during lockdown in the UK in summer 2020. Participants were invited to send in video performances for Michael to watch in a Live answering session.

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Masterclass Series Episode 4

Masterclass Series Episode 4

Michael Cox, in partnership with Principal Chairs, presents his Masterclass Series. They were held online during lockdown in the UK in summer 2020. Participants were invited to send in video performances for Michael to watch in a Live answering session.

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Masterclass Series Episode 3

Masterclass Series Episode 3

Michael Cox, in partnership with Principal Chairs, presents his Masterclass Series. They were held online during lockdown in the UK in summer 2020. Participants were invited to send in video performances for Michael to watch in a Live answering session.

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Masterclass Series Episode 2

Masterclass Series Episode 2

Michael Cox, in partnership with Principal Chairs, presents his Masterclass Series. They were held online during lockdown in the UK in summer 2020. Participants were invited to send in video performances for Michael to watch in a Live answering session.

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Masterclass Series Episode 1.2

Masterclass Series Episode 1.2

Michael Cox, in partnership with Principal Chairs, presents his Masterclass Series. They were held online during lockdown in the UK in summer 2020. Participants were invited to send in video performances for Michael to watch in a Live answering session.

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Masterclass Series Episode 1

Masterclass Series Episode 1

Michael Cox, in partnership with Principal Chairs, presents his Masterclass Series. They were held online during lockdown in the UK in summer 2020. Participants were invited to send in video performances for Michael to watch in a Live answering session.

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How Far We’d Come: Blog, Mar-20

How Far We’d Come: Blog, Mar-20

Following the article in the Pan Journal on the development of the Classical music business in the virtual world and on social networking sites our amazing editor Camilla Marchant (who is also an amazing flute player), Pasha Mansurov (the engineer behind

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Timothy Hutchins: Interview, Dec ’19

Timothy Hutchins: Interview, Dec ’19

I did my audition in May and started officially in September. I did one crazy week in the summer. It was a great way to start: playing in a park, playing the Carmen solo with roller coasters and screaming people in the background. It was low stress…

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Robert Aitken: Interview, Nov ’18

Robert Aitken: Interview, Nov ’18

Unlike most string players, and quite possibly most orchestral players, flutists often seem to focus on orchestral careers and not on being soloist or playing chamber music. Why that is is a topic for other venues but the fact that orchestral playing….

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Claudia Stein: Interview, Oct ’17

Claudia Stein: Interview, Oct ’17

I had the good fortune whilst still at a special music school to meet composers and literally ‘grow up with them’, so that contemporary music was a natural part of my background. When I was 15, my classmate John Rausek wrote a piece dedicated to me. Later on I developed a close relationship to the composition…

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Mario Caroli: Interview Sep ’17

Mario Caroli: Interview Sep ’17

Do you approach learning contemporary music with the same principles as for something earlier? Yes, of course! I never make differences between the 'repertoire' and the new pieces, and maybe this approach makes it new and refreshing. I play a lot of contemporary music...

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Peter Lukas-Graf: Interview Jun ’17

Peter Lukas-Graf: Interview Jun ’17

What inspired you to play the flute? As a little schoolboy I played treble recorder like everybody. By looking for a real instrument my parents proposed a "real flute" a Böhm-flute.   Who were your musical inspirations? I listened to my mother who was a singer. Later...

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