Date & Time
Sunday, April 8, 2018 - 5:30pm
Engelman Recital Hall
Baruch Performing Arts Center
55 Lexington Avenue
(entrance on E. 25th Street)
New York, New York
Robert Langevin, flute
Sonata in c#minor (1904) Mel Bonis (1858-1937)
Poem (1918) Charles T. Griffes (1884-1920)
Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune (1894) Charles Debussy (1862-1918) arr. Samazeuilh
Robert Langevin, flute
Linda Mark, piano
Court Dances (2017) Amanda Harberg (b.1973)
Air de cour
Robert Langevin, flute
Amanda Harberg, piano
Program subject to change.
Admission: Free to NYFC members, $25 for non-members, $15 for students and seniors (65+) at the door.
Robert Langevin has been principal flute of the New York Philharmonic since 2000. He is currently on the faculties of the Juilliard School, the Manhattan School of Music, and the Orford International Summer Festival, and has given recitals and masterclasses throughout the United States and in countries such as Canada, Spain, Costa Rica, Japan, North Korea, Singapore, and Vietnam.
Born in Sherbrooke, Quebec, 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 of Music, he started working in recording studios, where he accompanied a variety of artists of different styles. He graduated in 1976 with two first prizes, one in flute and the other in chamber music. Not long after, he won the Prix d’Europe, a national competition open to all instruments with a first prize of a two-year scholarship to study in Europe. This enabled him to work with Aurèle Nicolet at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Freiburg, Germany, where he graduated in 1979. He then went on to study with Maxence Larrieu, in Geneva, winning second prize at the Budapest International Competition in 1980.
Prior to the Philharmonic, Mr. Langevin was principal flute of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and served as associate principal of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra for 13 years, playing on more than 30 recordings. As a member of Musica Camerata Montreal and l’Ensemble de la Société de Musique Contemporaine du Québec, he premiered many works, including the Canadian premiere of Pierre Boulez’s Le Marteau sans maître. He made his solo debut with the NY Philharmonic in 2001 under under the baton of Kurt Masur in a performance of the North American premiere of Siegfried Matthus’s Concerto for Flute and Harp with harpist Nancy Allen. His solo performance in Nielsen’s Flute Concerto in 2012, conducted by Alan Gilbert, 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 2015.
Read "NY Philharmonic's Robert Langevin Talks Shop with Colleagues Renée Siebert and Yoobin Son" in the October 2016 NYFC Newsletter.
Maxence Larrieu was born in Marseille on October 27, 1934 and is known as one of the best representatives of the French flute school of flute playing. As a youth in Marseille, Larrieu was taught by Joseph Rampal, whose accomplished students also included Jean-Pierre Rampal and Alain Marion.
At the Paris Conservatory, Larrieu earned a first prize in flute with Gaston Crunelle in 1951 and a first prize in chamber music in 1953. From 1954 to 1966, he was solo flutist for the Comic Opera of Paris, until leaving for the orchestra of the Paris Opera. In 1978 he left the Paris Opera to teach at the National Music College of Geneva and the National Superior Music College of Lyon.
Composers who have written for him include Serge Lancen, Marcel Landowski, Jean Rivier, Marc Carles, and Lionel Rogg. He has also given many performances of Francis Poulenc's Sonata with the composer at the piano. He also recorded at Poulenc's Aubade with Sviatoslav Richter and Jean-François Paillard's chamber orchestra.
A highlight of his years as solo flute with the Paris Opera was performing with Maria Callas in Bellini's Norma under the direction of Georges Prêtre in May/June 1964. His more than 100 recordings include performances with the orchestras of Prague, Munich, Cologne, Monte Carlo, and I Musici, L'Ensemble Instrumental of France, the Orchestra of Sarre, and the Philharmonic of Turin.
His musical collaborators have included Arthur Grumiaux, Rafael Puyana, Bruno Canino, Gabriel Tacchino, Suzanna Mildonian, Maurice André, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Lili Laskine, Robert Veyron-Lacroix, and Maurice André. He has performed at music festivals in Osaka, Montreal, Sydney, Aix-en-Provence, Salzburg, Prague, Bratislava, Roma, Barcelona, and Prades. He has given masterclasses in Japan, Korea, China, the US, and all over Europe and has been a member of the jury for competitions including the Kobe, Carl Nielsen, Munich, Prague, and Budapest. He was president of the Jean-Pierre Rampal Competition in 2001. He is also the longtime artistic director of a summer concert series at the abbey of San Futtuoso di Camogli Ligurie.