Academy from 1 November to
8 November 2020

Philippe Bernold

Flute Master Class

After studies at the CNSMD in Paris, Philippe Bernold was appointed first flute of the Orchestra of the National Opera in Lyon at the age of 23.
His First Prize in the Jean-Pierre Rampal International Competition launched his career as an international soloist.
Since 1994, he has also devoted himself to conducting orchestras and is regularly invited by many ensembles all over the world.
Philippe Bernold is a professor of flute and chamber music at the CNSMD in Paris.

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Philippe Bernold began his musical studies in Colmar, France, studying the flute and later composition and conducting under René Matter, himself a student of Charles and Fritz Münch.

He then attended the Paris Conservatory, where he earned the First prize in flute and the next year, at the age of 23, was appointed first flute of the National Opera Orchestra of Lyon.  In 1987 he won First Prize in the Jean-Pierre Rampal International Competition in Paris

This award allowed him to start a career as a soloist, performing with world famous artists and orchestras such as: M. Rostropovitch, R. Capuçon, G. Opitz, A. Tharaud with Paris Orchestra, Manchester Hallé Orchestra, Tapiola Sinfonietta, National Orchestra of Lyon, Tokyo and Kyoto Symphony Orchestra…,  he has been directed by S. Bychkov, J. E. Gardiner, L. Maazel, K. Nagano, Sir Y. Menuhin, M. Inoué, T. Koopman, in concert halls such as the Royal Festival Hall in London, Pleyel Hall and Chatelet Theater in Paris, Cologne Philharmonie, Warsaw Philharmonic, , Bunka Kaikan in Tokyo, Seoul Art Center, Tchaïkovsky Conservatory in Moscow, as well as at the Festivals of Aix-en-Provence, Cannes, Evian, Strasbourg, Radio France, Varna…

Philippe Bernold returned to conducting in 1994, founding “Les Virtuoses de l’Opéra de Lyon” with the encouragement of conductors John Eliot Gardiner and Kent Nagano.  The ensemble quickly gained a reputation for its high level of artistry. 

Since then, he has been invited to conduct concerts with such ensembles as Sinfonia Varsovia touring in Lisbon, Bilbao, Valence, Nantes and Warsaw, the National Opera Orchestra of Lyon, Baden Baden Philharmonie, Orchestre de chambre de Paris, Philharmonic Orchestra of Marseille, Kanazawa Ensemble (Japan), “Bucheon Philharmonic” (Seoul), Prague Philharmonia, Geneva Chamber Orchestra, Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra, Wiener Kammerorchester, Cappella Istropolitana, with whom he is first gest conductor.  In Caracas, (Venezuela) Philippe conducts the famous “Simon Bolivar orchestra” (Musical director: Gustavo Dudamel).

For the TV, Philippe Bernold conducts in 2008 a complete Mozart program with the Sinfonia Varsovia (Mezzo). He has done three recordings with the Chamber Orchestra of Paris and with the same ensemble, he recorded Mozart flute concertos (for Aparté)

His first recording won the “Grand Prix de l’Académie Charles Cros” in 1989.  Since then Philippe Bernold has made more than twenty recordings for Harmonia Mundi, EMI…  He has also made many recordings with pianist Alexandre Tharaud, which has received rave reviews. (“Choc” from Le Monde de la musique and “Diapason d’or” from Diapason).

Philippe Bernold is Professor of Chamber Music and flute at the National Paris Conservatoire.

Academy from 14 to
21 February 2021

Silvia Careddu

Flute Master Class

Winner of the 56th Geneva Competition, Silvia Careddu was principal flute of the Berlin Konzerthausorchester, of the Wiener Symphoniker and of the Wiener Staatsoper-Wiener Philharmoniker.
As she is passionate in chamber music, Careddu is a founding member of the Alban Berg Ensemble Wien.
She is professor of flute at the Conservatoire-Académie Supérieure de Musique de Strasbourg, at the Hochschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler” in Berlin, and gives masterclasses in Asia, Europe, and in the United-States.

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Silvia Careddu made an auspicious start to her career by winning unanimously the First Prize and the Audience prize at the 56th Concours International de Genève.

Following the award, Lorin Maazel invited Silvia to become solo flute of his newly founded Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini.

She later joined the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, the Wiener Symphoniker and the Wiener Philharmoniker-Wiener Staatsoper, as principal flute.

In 2012 she became artistic partner of the Kammerakademie Potsdam, winner of the Echo-Preis 2015 (for the category Best German Orchestra).

As guest principal flute, Silvia plays with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Sinfonia Grange au Lac.

Silvia is a founder member of the Alban Berg Ensemble Wien, flexible chamber music group of virtuoso instrumentalists, that has a concert series at the Brahms-Saal of the Musikverein in Vienna and records for the Deutsche Grammophon.

Her presence as soloist and chamber music partner is very demanded in important festivals (Schleswig Holstein, Festival des Arcs, Bürgenstock Festival, Australian National Academy for Music, Festival de Pollenca, Festival de Salon, Musiktage Mondsee, Weggis Galway Festival, Riva del Garda, Hitzacker Festival, Flautissimo, Fukuoka Japan Convention, NFA American Flute Convention, AFE Spanish Flute Convention, Festival de Colmar).

Silvia Careddu is Professor at the Conservatoire – Académie Supérieure de Strasbourg HEAR, at the Hochschule für Musik  ‘Hanns Eislerin Berlin, at the Barenboim-Said Akademie (Berlin) and at the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole (Italy) as well.

She regularly gives masterclasses in Europe and Asia and has served as juror for the Concours de Genève, the Nicolet International Flute Competition, the Premio Claudio Abbado, the Concours Maxence Larrieu, the Crussell International Competition and the Prague Spring International Music competition.

Silvia Careddu was born in Cagliari (Italy),  studied at the Conservatoire de Musique et de Danse de Paris, where she graduated with distinctions. She owes important influences and artistic impulses to A. Nicolet, F. Souchard, R. Ghiani, R. Guiot, E. Pahud and P.-Y. Artaud.

With Emmanuel Pahud and Trevor Pinnock she has recorded Trio Sonatas by J. S. Bach for EMI.

Academy from 11 to
18 Avril 2021

Mathieu Dufour

Flute Master Class

After studying at the CNSM in Lyon where he was awarded first prize in 1993, Mathieu Dufour won numerous international competitions. He then became Principal Flute of the Paris National Opera. At the age of 25, he joined the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in the same position. Dufour’s discography includes many musical masterpieces, like a solo recital of sonatas by Prokofiev and the complete works for flute by Roussel. He is also passionate about teaching and gives masterclasses wherever he performs.

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At the age of 25, Mathieu Dufour was appointed Principal Flute of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra by Daniel Baremboim, making him one of the youngest players ever to hold such a position. Since then, he has performed numerous times as soloist with the Chicago Symphony, in the concertos of Devienne, Mozart, Ibert, Bach, Jolivet, and Nielsen. Under the direction of Daniel Baremboim, his performances of the Mozart Concerto in G at Carnegie Hall in New York and the Bach Second Suite at the Philharmonie in Berlin earned him rave reviews. He has also performed as soloist at the Lucerne Festival in Switzerland. One critic wrote of a performance, “The ornate solo lines unfurled like yard upon yard of fine embroidered silk.”

As a soloist, Dufour has performed with conductors such as Pierre Boulez, Christoph Eschenbach, David Robertson, Fabio Luisi, and Nicholas McGegan. In a performance of the Nielsen Concerto with the Chicago Symphony, the Chicago Tribune wrote, “Throughout the concerto, he confirmed his uncanny mastery of color and dynamics, filling the hall with a vibrant, crystalline sound.”

Dufour performs concertos and recitals every year in Japan. He has performed recitals in major halls in Tokyo and concertos with the Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra and Hiroshima Symphony.

As chamber musician, he has collaborated with Mitsuko Uchida, Pinchas Zukerman, the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio, Julia Fischer, Eric LeSage, and members of the Berlin Philharmonic. He is also a member of the Chicago Chamber Musicians. He has performed chamber music concerts in Carnegie’s Zankel Hall in New York and at the Lucerne Festival, the Davos Festival in Switzerland, and the Domaine Forget Festival in Canada. He is in demand around the world as a recitalist, and has dazzled audiences in Japan, the United States, Canada, Europe, Israel, and South America. His recitals have been televised on the Mezzo French channel and on Japanese television.

Dufour was born in Paris, and began his flute studies with Madeleine Chassang. He then studied with Maxence Larrieu at the Lyon Conservatory, where he was unanimously awarded first prize. He won second prize at the Jean-Pierre Rampal International Flute Competition in 1990, third prize at the International Flute Competition in Budapest in 1991, and second prize at the International Flute Competition in Kobe, Japan in 1997. At the age of 20, he was appointed Principal Flute of the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, and three years later, became the Principal Flute of the Paris National Opera. He was also a member of the Juventus foundation.

Dufour is also highly in demand as a teacher, although his concertizing permits him time for very few students each year. He is passionate about teaching the young generation of musicians, and frequently gives masterclasses wherever he performs. He has taught many times at the Domaine Forget Festival in Canada. He is currently on faculty at DePaul University in Chicago.

Dufour’s discography includes a solo recital of sonatas by Prokofiev, Martinu, and Hindemith on Harmonia Mundi; Poulenc’s complete chamber music on RCA/BMG; the complete works for flute by Roussel on Saphir Records; and the Molique Concerto with the Czech National Orchestra on Cedille Records.


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