Marc Grauwels is undoubtedly one of the most sought-after flutists in the limelight today. His eclecticism as an international soloist has inspired some one hundred composers from all over the world to write especially for him.
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“Grauwels uses a variety of tone colors that is a lesson in itself for flute players.”— Todd Gorman, American Record Guide
To name but a few: Ennio Moricone dedicated to Marc Grauwels his “Cantate for Europe” while Astor Piazzolla did so with his “History of the Tango” in 1985. More recently, the Greek composer Yannis Markopoulos likewise dedicated his flute concerto to Marc Grauwels. This flute concerto served as the inauguration music for the Olympic Games in Athens in 2004.
Even before having finished his musical studies in his country he made his orchestral debute, aged only nineteen, with the Flemish Opera. He continued to study with, amongst others, James Galway and Jean-Pierre Rampal. In 1976 he joined the Monnaie Theatre in Brussels as piccolo solo (the Belgian National Opera House) which he left in 1978 to become first flute soloist in the Symphonic Orchestra of the Belgian radio and television. He stayed for ten years whilst being chosen for the same position in 1986 at the foundation of the famous “World Orchestra” directed by Carlo-Maria Giulini.
His career as a soloist soared in an impressive way from then on, which signaled his definitive departure from the orchestra in 1987. In the same period he taught for fifteen years at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels and today he holds the title of Professor at the Royal Conservatory of Mons.
In February 2001 following an Asian tour, the world management of Naxos in Hong Kong decided to confide to him a whole collection in their catalogue entitled “The Flute Collection”. For the coming years this Marc Grauwels Collection will release thirty CDs. (Ten Naxos CDs are already available on the world market.)
Amply gifted with an enthusiastic character, he does not refrain from very diverse musical experiences and readily moves to and fro between e.g. Piazzolla and Mozart and between Bach and Ravi Shankar. And yet, this does not obscure his attention in keeping an equilibrium between seriousness and a vivid imagination in putting together his programmes. His latest world première recording devoted to works for flute and percussion is a good illustration of this stance.
Marc Grauwels participated in the recording of the sound track of the film Amadeus by Milos Forman,accompanied by Thomas Bloch and the Brussels Virtuosi Ensemble in the superb adagio for Glasharmonika, flute, oboe, viola and cello KV 617. He furthermore interpreted the youth sonatas, the quartets and the concerto for flute and harp of the integral works of Mozart offered in a single box containing 170 CDs. The case, the Golden Disk, is currently an unmatched commercial success with Brillant Classics for the 250th anniversary of Mozart (over 100,000 copies having been sold already).
With a minimum of a hundred concerts a year all round the world, more than 45,000 pages devoted to him on the Web and a discography listing more than 60 CDs as a soloist performer, Marc Grauwels has shown that the right artistic approach paves the way for a flutist’s tremendous public success. (Translation by Paul De Troyer)