Jean Ferrandis

Guest Artist

Jean Ferrandis, flute

French soloist and conductor Jean Ferrandis enjoys an international career that takes him throughout Europe, Asia, and North America. He has presented recitals, performed chamber music, and appeared as a soloist with orchestras in such prestigious concert halls as the Salle Pleyel and Théâtre des Champs Elysées in Paris, Alice Tully Hall in New York, the Tapei Arts Center, Wigmore Hall in London, La Fenice in Venice, Hamarikyu Hall in Tokyo, the Vigado in Budapest, the Palau de la Musica Catalana in Barcelona, and the Moscow Tschaikovsky Conservatory, under such conductors as Leonard Bernstein, Tibor Varga, Laurent Petitgirard, and Yoram David. He has been invited to numerous festivals, including the Lanaudière in Canada, Switzerland’s Sion Festival, the Budapest Spring Festival, the Midem Festival in Cannes, and the Berlioz Festival in Lyon. Chamber music collaborators have included Gidon Kremer, Ivry Gitlis, Jean Philippe Collard, and Emile Naoumoff. His appearances at the 2006 National Flute Association convention in Pittsburgh, an event attended by three thousand flutists, included gala headliner concert in Heinz Hall and a master class.

In addition to his performing career, Ferrandis serves as professor at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris and at Californian State University, Fullerton. He regularly presents master classes in Japan (Toho University), the United States (Juilliard School, Rice University etc…), Europe (Royal College of London, Moscow Conservatoire etc…), Australia, Taiwan, and Korea, and has also appeared in South Africa. As a conductor he leads the Saint Petersburg Camerata in Russia and in Vilnius (Lithuania) the Saint Christopher Chamber Orchestra, with which he has recorded flute concertos of C. P. E. Bach. Other compact discs include Mozart’s complete flute concertos (with Marie-Pierre Langlamet, solo harpist of the Berlin Philharmonic), works of Honegger and d’Indy, Schubert’s sonatinas and the “Arpeggione” sonata, and a two-disc set of works for flute by Yuko Uebayashi.

Jean Ferrandis unanimously received his first prize from the Lyon Conservatoire, where he studied with Maxence Larrieu. A prize winner at such international competitions as Munich, Maria Canals in Barcelona, and Young Concert Artists in New York, he was awarded the grand prize at the 1986 Prague Spring Festival International Flute Competition. Leonard Bernstein was so impressed by his performance of the adagio from Mozart’s D major concerto that he remarked “It is Pan himself!” and subsequently composed a cadenza for Mr. Ferrandis.