Paris-born Mathieu Dufour has played the flute since he was eight years old. He initially studied under Madeleine Chassang, then later under Maxence Larrieu at the Conservatoire National Supérieur Musique de Lyon. He has won numerous competitions, including the Concours de flûte Jean-Pierre Rampal. His professional career began in 1993 as principal flute with the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse. In 1996, he moved to the Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Paris where held the same position. Daniel Barenboim then engaged him as principal flute with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 1999.
In addition to his orchestral work, he has often performed as a soloist under the baton of Daniel Barenboim, Pierre Boulez, Christoph Eschenbach, and Fabio Luisi, among others. Furthermore, as a chamber musician, he works together with Mitsuko Uchida, Pinchas Zukerman, the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio and Julia Fischer. In May 2014, Mathieu Dufour won the audition for the post of principal flute with the Berliner Philharmoniker.
Other Brass & Woodwind Artists
In a career spanning two decades, Dave Koz has established himself as a platinum-selling artist, humanitarian, entrepreneur, radio host, and instrumental music advocate. A six-time GrammyR nominee, he was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2009.
Nobuya Sugawa is an internationally acclaimed saxophonist whom Japan is very much proud of. He has assumed a role of the concert master of Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra for almost 22 years from 1989 through 2010. Currently along with the activities as a soloist, he performs as a member of Trouvère Quartet. He also serves as the resident conductor of Yamaha Symphonic Band, and is a visiting professor of Tokyo University of Arts.
Raul de Souza
Raul é da geração dos Caufields, os rebeldes-sem-causa que adolesceram no pós-guerra e logo viram — ele com seus olhos de sábio chinês — que o mundo estava cada vez mais errado. E que providência tomou? Não saiu por aí fazendo discursos nem política, apenas botou a boca no trombone. O trombone — que surgiu na Europa lá pelos 1400s com o nome de sacabucha — é um instrumento rouco e grave, como a voz do Raul. Se o trombone não existisse, Raul o teria inventado. Aliás, inventou um trombone, que leva o seu nome: o Souzabone, com quatro válvulas, um aperfeiçoamento do trombone de três válvulas que tocou na primeira década de carreira, antes de adotar o trombone de vara. Sempre com uma ideia na cabeça: "A música é o real alimento da alma."