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Ian McLauchaln, Interview Dec, ’14

Ian McLauchaln, Interview Dec, ’14

We know that you studied flute repair and headjoint making at the RNCM. Who were your teachers and who influenced you the most? I did indeed! I had a great time whilst I was there and met many interesting people. My first flute teacher at the Royal Northern College...

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Aldo Baerten: Interview, Sep ’14

Aldo Baerten: Interview, Sep ’14

First flute of the Royal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestra What do think of Principal Chairs? Do you find this to be a useful resource for flute students and professionals? Congratulations; it is an extremely interesting site with lots of information, which can help...

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Netherlands Flute Academy (NEFLAC)

Netherlands Flute Academy (NEFLAC)

The Netherlands Flute Academy This summer I was lucky enough to attend the Netherlands Flute Academy (NEFLAC) summer school as a Young International Professional (YIP) in Amsterdam. This summer school is hosted by Emily Beynon, principal flute of the Royal...

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Lisa Beznosiuk: Interview, Aug ’14

Lisa Beznosiuk: Interview, Aug ’14

How do you think a modern flute player should now approach classical and baroque repertoire? Would you recommend learning the traverso flute? Nowadays it is relatively easy to get hold of baroque and classical flutes, a wealth of music is readily available online...

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Nikolai Popov: Interview, July ’14

Nikolai Popov: Interview, July ’14

You mentioned the Army. How did you manage to keep the flute practice up, if at all? I served in the Admiralteyskiy Military Orchestra of St. Petersburg. This was actually my first orchestral experience. Interestingly, if you look back at the...

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Zart Dombourian-Eby: Interview June ’14

Zart Dombourian-Eby: Interview June ’14

This month we talk to Ms. Dombourian-Eby known to everyone as Zart She received her B.A. and M.M. degrees from Louisiana State University. After a year of study in Houston with Albert Tipton, she attended Northwestern University, where she earned a Doctor of Music...

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Paul Edmund-Davies: Interview May’ 14 (Part 2)

Paul Edmund-Davies: Interview May’ 14 (Part 2)

Paul's Video Materclasses You are having a very varied career. Which aspects of it do you enjoy the most? So many! Whilst being a musician has many drawbacks, I would not have changed anything in my life so far and the future looks equally captivating. You use the...

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Paul Edmund-Davies: Interview Apr’ 14 (Part 1)

Paul Edmund-Davies: Interview Apr’ 14 (Part 1)

Paul has established his international reputation as flautist and soloist in the twenty years that he was Principal Flute of the London Symphony Orchestra.   When you were at music college did you feel that your course really prepared you for your orchestral...

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Stefano Parrno: Interview Feb, ’14

Stefano Parrno: Interview Feb, ’14

International Touring Flautist You studied all around Europe and had lessons with really great teachers, did you find the style of their playing and teaching is different? I think every teacher has his own idea about playing, although generally...

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Ian Clarke: Interview Jan, ’14

Ian Clarke: Interview Jan, ’14

Do you think that in this climate one has to be able to do many things apart from just playing? It's a difficult balance between remaining focused enough to excel in any particular area, whilst at the same time developing a broad enough skill...

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Walter Auer: Interview Dec, ’13

Walter Auer: Interview Dec, ’13

Principal of the Vienna Philharmonic   How did your studies prepare you for the orchestral playing world? Who out of your teachers was the most helpful in that aspect? And why? When I think about it, apart from honing the usual orchestral...

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Michael Cox: Interview Oct, ’13

Michael Cox: Interview Oct, ’13

I had a period when I was a young player who wanted to be deep and meaningful and serious and sought to change the world. Lately I've become much more aware of how important the charm is in music, as well as all those other serious things. But...

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Louis Lots and Beyond

Louis Lots and Beyond

Louis Lots and Beyond: an interview with Michael Cox Does it make the sounds you want to make, does it “speak” to you? Will you be able to have a relationship with it? If you push it in this or that direction, will it respond?   How did you...

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Stefano Parrino CD – Arie e Capricci

Stefano Parrino CD – Arie e Capricci

“Does a nineteenth century Italian instrumental era exist? It certainly does. It is rich, varied, curious, often pleasant and sometimes noteworthy and considerable”  - Stefano Parrino Mercandante is, of course, known to flute players for his Concerto in E minor of...

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Peter Verhoyen: Interview Sep, ’13

Peter Verhoyen: Interview Sep, ’13

What would you say the advantages and disadvantages of the audition system and system of appointing jobs in Europe as opposed to UK? Screened auditions VS unscreened, trials etc? I think it demands a lot of flexibility from the audition...

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Andrea Oliva: Interview, August ’13

Andrea Oliva: Interview, August ’13

“Andrea Oliva is one of the best flutists of his generation, a shining star in the world of the flute”. This is what Sir James Galway said about Andrea Oliva, Principal Flutist at Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia Orchestra in...

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Emily Beynon: Interview, June ’13

Emily Beynon: Interview, June ’13

Hi Emily, thanks for talking to us at Principal Chairs. Can we start by asking you about competitions? Do you feel they are important for young flautists to do? Competitions can be useful learning tools for certain types of people, yes. In the past when...

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Gareth Davies – with a new book

Gareth Davies – with a new book

The Show Must Go On - On Tour with the LSO 1912 & 2012 A memoir of the London Symphony Orchestra on tour in the US and further afield, focusing on their historic first visit to America in 1912, when the were due to sail on the Titanic, and their most...

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