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Emmanuel Pahud, Flute and Christian Rivet, Guitar Play Music from Around the World on November 19

November 2, 2015

Swiss flute-superstar Emmanuel Pahud, often cited as the greatest living flutist, will come to Princeton University Concerts on Thursday, November 19, 2015 at 8PM as part of an internationally-acclaimed duo with guitarist and composer Christian Rivet. At Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall, these two remarkable musicians will present selections from their award-winning 2014 recording on the Warner Classics label titled Around the World, a collection of music linking four continents across three centuries. The program will include both original works and special arrangements of pieces by Astor Piazzolla, Maurice Ohana, Francesco Molino, Ravi Shankar, George Frederic Handel, Elliott Carter, Christian Rivet, and Béla Bartók. There will be a Musical Preview at 7PM free to ticketholders, featuring the Princeton Pianists Ensemble performing arrangements of Beethoven, Rachmaninov, Chopin and Ravel for up to eight hands.

Pahud was only 22-years-old when he became the youngest-ever principal flutist of the Berlin Philharmonic, developing a reputation as “the most appealing sound since that of the young Sir James Galway” (The Washington Post) in whose footsteps he followed at the Philharmonic. Yet even while acclimating to this demanding post, he pushed his horizons even further by continuing a whirlwind schedule of solo appearances with top orchestras all around the world, embarking on myriad chamber music projects, and even taking up jazz repertoire. For Pahud, all of these initiatives and the range which they allow serve to highlight the infinite possibility of music. As brilliant as his playing is, Pahud believes strongly that “mastery of an instrument helps you to sense new barriers. This is where you keep music moving." This constant push renders his playing infinitely fresh and emblematic of the crucial concept that “tradition is something evolving,” rather than something that is “often used to disguise the past.”

Pahud ensures music’s continued evolution not only through his playing, but also through sheer inspiration. His legendary success in both the orchestral and solo worlds—a rare feat indeed—has given immense hope and encouragement to a vast following of young musicians. Alexia Kim, a flute student and sophomore at Princeton University, put it best: “Pahud can be considered the Beyoncé of our generation…we aspire to be him. It is A BIG DEAL that we have the opportunity to watch this brilliant musician perform in such an intimate concert venue.”  


WHEN:  Thursday, November 19, 2015 at 8PM
WHAT: Around the World: A program of music linking Europe, Asia, and the Americas. Original works and arrangements for flute and guitar by Astor Piazzolla, Maurice Ohana, Francesco Molino, Ravi Shankar, George Frederic Handel, Elliott Carter, Christian Rivet, and Béla Bartók
WHERE: Princeton University Concerts, Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall, Princeton University
TICKETS: $50, $40, $25 General; $10 Students. Tickets are available online at, by phone at 609-258-9220, or in person two hours prior to the concert at the Richardson Auditorium Box Office
PHOTOS: Please contact Dasha Koltunyuk at or 609-258-6024

For further information please contact Dasha Koltunyuk at or 609-258-6024

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Dasha (Darya) Koltunyuk
Phone:  609-258-6024