Mathieu Dufour: Additional awards include second prize at the Jean-Pierre Rampal International Flute Competition (1990), third prize at the International Flute Competition in Budapest (1991), and second prize at the International Flute Competition in Kobe, Japan (1997).
Mathieu Dufour became the Chicago Symphony Ochestra’s principal flute in 1999, succeeding Donald Peck who retired following the 1998-1999 season. Mathieu had been principal flute soloist of the Paris National Opera Orchestra since 1996.
Prior to his appointment there, he served as principal flute of the Orchestra National du Capitole de Toulouse for three years. A member of the Georges Cziffra Foundation and Juventus, Mathieu has given numerous recitals and concerts throughout Europe and Japan as part of their Young European Soloists ensemble. Dufour is said to be one of the most valuable additions to the Chicago musical community in recent years.
The NSO’s “From Classic to Modern” Concert will feature Mathieu in two pieces by Vivaldi: “The Night“ and “The Goldfinch”, concertos for flute and orchestra.
In a recent review which appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Michael Cameron described Dufour's playing as having “effortless technique, flawless intonation, a wide range of colors, and a knack for giving clear direction to all of his phrases.” The Northwest Symphony Orchestra feels very fortunate to have Mr. Dufour as soloist.