Emily Beynon is principal flute of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam.
Born in Wales, she began her flute studies as a junior at the Royal College of Music with Margaret Ogonovsky and then went on to study with William Bennett at the Royal Academy and with Alain Marion in Paris. In 2002 she was made a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music.
Equally at home in front of the orchestra as in its midst, Emily has performed as concerto soloist with, amongst others, The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, BBC Orchestras, NHK Symphony, the Vienna, Prague, Netherlands and English Chamber Orchestras and the Academy of St.Martin-in-the-fields.
As a chamber musician she works regularly with her sister, the harpist, Catherine Beynon and the pianist Andrew West, and has made guest appearances with the Nash Ensemble, Skampa Quartet, Steven Isserlis, Dame Felicity Lott, Jean-Yves Tibaudet, the Kungsbacka Trio and Brodsky Quartet.
She is frequently heard on BBC radio and has featured in several television documentaries for Thames, the BBC and AVRO (Netherlands). Emily is an enthusiastic protagonist of new music and has had many new works written for her by some of the UK’s leading composers: John Woolrich, Sally Beamish, Jonathan Dove, Errollyn Wallen and Roxanna Panufnik. Universal Edition has just released a book of contemporary works entitled “Flute Project: new pieces for flute solo” on which she collaborated with Matthieu Dufour (Chicago Symphony), Kazushi Saito (Tokyo Philharmonic) and Emmanuel Pahud (Berlin Philharmonic)
A passionate and dedicated teacher, Emily is regularly invited to give masterclasses all over the world. Together with business woman (and amateur flautist), Suzanne Wolff, Emily has set up an exciting new flute summer school, the Nederlandse Fluit Academie which launched in 2009; www.neflac.nl