Collection of notable flutists who have made publicly available recordings of the flute repertoire represented on the MASTERING the FLUTE website.
Michel Debost is a well-known French flutist. Born in Paris, he studied flute with Gaston Crunelle and Marcel Moyse. Besides learning flute, he initially obtained degree in science (1952) and in flute performance (1954). By the age of 30 he won all major competitions: Moscow, Prague, Munich, Geneva, and Turin. For thirty years he was Principal flute in the Orchestre de Paris, performing under many prominent conductors and music directors of the orchestra of that time: Herbert von Karajan, Charles Much and Daniel Barenboim. Later he replaced Jean-Pierre Rampal as Professor of flute at the Conservatoire de Paris.
Michel Debost has made numerous acclaimed recordings for a variety of major labels (EMI, Virgin Classics, DG, Sony Classics).
In 1989 Michel Debost, along with his wife and flutist Kathleen Chastain moved to United States to teach flute at the Oberlin Conservatory, Ohio (until his retirement in 2011). In 1996 he published a book “A Simple Flute”. Debost’s most valuable advice to aspiring students: “Never separate the instrument from music.” still applies to everyone who wants to master flute.