Born in Geneva, Swiss-and-French flautist Emmanuel Pahud began studying music at the age of six. He graduated in 1990 with the 1er Prix from the Paris Conservatoire, and went on studying with Aurèle Nicolet. He won 1st Prize at the Duino, Kobe and Geneva Competitions, and at age 22 joined the Berliner Philharmoniker as Principal Flute under Claudio Abbado, a position which he still holds today.
Pahud appears regularly at leading concert series, festivals and orchestras worldwide, and has collaborated as a soloist with top conductors. He is also a dedicated chamber musician and regularly gives recitals with pianists Eric Le Sage, Alessio Bax, Yefim Bronfman, Hélène Grimaud, Stephen Kovacevich, as well as jazzing with Jacky Terrasson.
In 1993, Emmanuel founded the Summer Music Festival in Salon de Provence together with Eric Le Sage and Paul Meyer, which is still a unique chamber music festival today. He also continues chamber music performances and recordings with “Les Vents Français” and with the Berliner Philharmoniker.
Since 1996 Pahud records exclusively for EMI / Warner Classics, one of the most significant contributions to recorded flute music: more than 25 recordings which all have received unanimous critical acclaim and winning awards.
Pahud was honoured to Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres for his contribution to music, and is HonRAM of the Royal Academy of Music. He also is an Ambassador for Unicef.