Marcel Moyse is considered one of the greatest flutists and teachers of the 20th century. At fourteen, he played in an orchestra conducted by Rimsky Korsakov. When he was 24, he toured the United States with the great Australian soprano, Nellie Melba. Throughout his European career (1910-1949), he was widely sought after as an orchestral flutist and played under the batons of conductors such as Prokofiev, Stravinsky, Strauss, Straram, Koussevitsky, and Toscanini. He appeared as flute soloist with most of Europe's important orchestras, including Lamoureux and the Societe Concert du Conservatoire and he premiered Jacque Ibert's Concerto for Flute, which was written for him.
Among his friends, he numbered Enesco and Ravel. He won several Grand Prix du Disques and was awarded the coveted French Legion of Honor. He was also Professor of Flute at the Paris and Geneva Conservatories between 1930 and WWII and produced several teaching books through his publisher, Leduc, which are still widely used today.
Co-founding the Marlboro School of Music in 1951 in Vermont with Rudolf Serkin, Adolf Busch, his daughter-in-law Blanche Honegger Moyse and son Louis Moyse, he devoted the last thirty years of his life to teaching the flute all over the world. Many of today's leading flutists can be counted as former students, such as James Galway, Paula Robison, Michel Debost, Trevor Wye, William Bennett, Carol Wincenc, Bernard Goldberg, Robert Aitken and Julia Bogorad.
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