Brilliant and Dazzling
A masterclass in flute recital repertoire
Sunday, February 6, 2022 (2:00 - 3:30 PM CST)
Join us via Zoom as we continue our season of Fluting with the Stars! with Robert Langevin, Solo Flute of the New York Philharmonic, and faculty member at Julliard School of Music and Manhattan School of Music. Don't miss this rare opportunity to experience the masterful teaching and artistic insight of one of the most brilliant flutists of our time.
Free to Chicago Flute Club Members
$5 for non-member
Hailed by the New York Times for his “dazzling performance” and “beautiful solo playing”, Robert Langevin is considered one of the most brilliant flutists of his generation.
Born in Sherbrooke, Québec, Robert Langevin began studying flute at age 12 and joined the local orchestra three years later. While studying with Jean-Paul Major at the Montreal Conservatory he started working in recording studios, where he accompanied a variety of artists of different styles. He graduated in 1976 and was awarded a “Premier Prix” in Flute and another in Chamber Music. The same year he won the national competition “Prix d’Europe” which enabled him to study with Aurèle Nicolet in Freiburg im Breisgau where he graduated in 1979. He then went to study with Maxence Larrieu in Nice and Geneva, winning second prize at the Budapest International Competition in 1980.
Upon his graduation, he joined the Montreal Symphony Orchestra as Associate Principal Flute with whom he played on more than 30 recordings over 13 years. He was also a member of Musica Camerata Montreal and of “l’Ensemble de la Société de musique contemporaine du Québec” with whom he premiered many works and took part in the first Canadian performance of Pierre Boulez’s Le marteau sans maïtre. In addition, Mr. Langevin has performed as soloist with Quebec’s most distinguished ensembles and has recorded many recitals and chamber music programs for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
Subsequently, he joined the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra as Principal Flute under music directors Lorin Maazel and Mariss Jansons. With the start of the 2000–01 season, Robert Langevin joined the New York Philharmonic as Principal Flute, in The Lila Acheson Wallace Chair. In May 2001, he made his solo debut with the Orchestra in the North American premiere of Siegfried Matthus’s Concerto for Flute and Harp with Philharmonic Principal Harp Nancy Allen and Music Director Kurt Masur.
His 2012 performance of Nielsen’s Flute Concerto was recorded for inclusion in The Nielsen Project, the orchestra’s multi-season traversal of all of the Danish composer’s symphonies and concertos. released by Dacapo Records. In January 2017, he made his Carnegie Hall solo debut in Pierre Boulez’s Mémoriale under the direction of Daniel Barenboïm in a concert commemorating the first anniversary of the composer’s death.
As a founding member of the Philharmonic Quintet of New York, he has performed in the United States, Europe and Asia. He has also played recitals and conducted masterclasses throughout Canada, the United States, Europe, Japan, North Korea, South Korea, Singapore, Taiwan and Vietnam.
Mr. Langevin has been on the faculties of L’Université de Montréal and Duquesne University. He is presently a faculty member of the world-renowned Juilliard School and Manhattan School of Music. He has given annual masterclasses at the Orford International Festival in Quebec since 1994 where he also appears regularly as soloist and chamber musician.