Mathieu Dufour is the principal flute of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, a position he has held since 1999. Before coming to Chicago, he was flutist soloist with the Orchester National de l’Opéra de Paris from 1996 to 1999. Before his appointment, he served as solo flute director of the Capitol National Orchestra of Toulouse for three years.
Mathieu Dufour began his flute studies at the age of 8 with Madeleine Chassang at the National Regional Conservatory in his hometown of Paris, France. At the age of 14, he received the school’s gold medal unanimously. He later studied with Maxence Larrieu at the National Conservatory of Music in Lyon, where he unanimously received the first prize in 1993. Additional prizes are the second prize at the International Flute Competition Jean-Pierre Rampal (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 frequently appears as a soloist in recitals and concerts around the world.
He debuted from Carnegie Hall and Lucerne as a soloist with the Chicago symphony under Daniel Barenboim in 2002, and he also performed under conductors Pierre Boulez and Christoph Eschenbach, among others. In January 2010, he appeared as a soloist with the orchestra and Boulez in Marc-André Dalbavie’s Flute Concerto. He is a coach and teacher and has conducted master classes in Canada, Japan, Europe and the United States. As a member of the Georges Cziffra and Juventus foundations, Mathieu Dufour has given numerous recitals and concerts as part of the Young European Soloists Ensemble. Mathieu Dufour‘s discography includes a solo recital of sonatas by Prokofiev, Martin and Hindemith; Poulenc’s complete chamber music; and the complete works of Roussel’s flute.