Swiss-French flautist Emmanuel Pahud began studying music at the age of six. He graduated in 1990 with the 1st prize of the Paris Conservatory, and continued to study with A. Nicolet. He won 1st prize in the Duino, Kobe and Geneva competitions, and at the age of 22 he joined the Berlin Philharmonic as principal flute under the direction of C. Abbado, a place he still occupies nowadays. In addition, he has an extensive international career as a soloist and chamber musician.
Pahud regularly performs in concerts, festivals and orchestras around the world. He has collaborated as a soloist with renowned conductors such as Abbado, Antonini, Barenboim, Boulez, Fischer, Gergiev, Gardiner, Harding, Järvi, Maazel, Nézet-Séguin, Orozco-Estrada, Perlman, Pinnock, Rattle, Rostropovich and Zinman.
A lover of chamber music, he often gives recitals with pianists E. le Sage, A. Bax, I. Bronfman, H. Grimaud and S. Kovacevich, as well as performing jazz with J. Terrasson and performing and recording with quintet Les Vents Français. Committed to the diffusion of the flute repertoire, each year he commissions new works to composers such as E. Carter, MA. Dalbavie, T. Escaich, T. Hosokawa, M. Jarrell, P. Manoury, M. Pintscher, C. Rivet, I. Montalbetti, and L. Francesconi.
Pahud has recorded 40 albums exclusively with the EMI / Warner Classics label, all of them with unanimous reviews and numerous awards. He was named Knight in the Order of Arts and Letters for his contribution to music, and is an HonRAM (honorary member) of the Royal Academy of Music in London.