“I long ago observed that the real beauty of the sound comes from the generosity of the heart.”

Marcel Moyse

Marcel Moyse

Legendary French flutist and teacher, Marcel Moyse had a profound influence on flute and woodwind playing in the 20th Century. During his European career (1910-1949), he was widely sought after as an orchestral and solo player and as a recording artist. He also held positions at the Paris and Geneva Conservatories from 1930 until World War II.
After immigrating to the U.S. in 1949, he became one of the founders of the Marlboro Music Festival. He later developed master classes for flutists and woodwind players in his adopted home in Brattleboro, Vermont, in Boswil, Switzerland and in Canterbury, England.

Author and Teacher

Also known as the author/composer of numerous publications for the flute, many of his books such as De la Sonorité and Tone Development through Interpretation have become invaluable to the serious flute student. 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. He continued to attract dedicated and talented students throughout his life and remained a vital and inspirational force as a private studio and master class teacher until his death in 1984.

Orchestral Flutist

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.

Solo Flutist

He appeared as flute soloist with most of Europe’s important orchestras, including Lamoureux and the Société Concert du Conservatoire and he premiered Jacque lbert’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.

Marlboro School of Music

Co-founding the Marlboro School of Music in 1951 in Vermont with Rudolf Serkin and Adolf Busch, 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.

His playing was so full of imagination and poetry… It was not the career which was of concern for him, it was the music, communicating the love of music and the love that is in the music to our audiences. As you can see from his teaching, everything started from the music, not from technique. Everything was based upon the music and the love that the music represents. The art is what is important. Everything else is a means, but the end is communication.

Student of Marcel Moyse from 1955-1972

Bernard Goldberg

former principal flutist of the Pittsburgh Symphony

Current News

William Bennett Presentation

Join us at the 2017 NFA Convention!

The Marcel Moyse Society presents master teacher, international artist and former Moyse pupil, William Bennett

Saturday, August 12, 2017

9:30am – 11:00am
National Flute Association Convention
Minneapolis, MN in the Grand Ballroom

Wibb will be presenting a class on The 24 Little Melodic Studies at the NFA Convention in Minneapolis for the Marcel Moyse Society.

Click here for more information about the NFA Convention Registration 

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