Andreas Blau, former Principal Flutist of the Berlin Philharmonic, kicked off his mentoring at the 2018 Pacific Music Festival with a masterclass last night in Sapporo’s Concert Hall Kitara. He offered many musical and technical insights to masterclass performer Yumie Nakamura, a freshman at Hokkaido University, as she tackled the notoriously difficult Jolivet Chant de Linos. PMF Academy participants and members of the public alike were furiously taking notes as Herr Blau offered tips on approaching the piece. His advice particularly on varying vibrato for expressive purposes and directing the air stream through the phrase (rather than to the highest note in a passage) produced enormous improvements in Ms Nakamura’s performance of the piece. No doubt, many of those in attendance will be taking all the gems of advice home to mark in their own parts.
For your further enjoyment, we are attaching a link to a conversation of a few years ago between Herr Blau and Emmanuel Pahud when they were the sitting Co-Principal Flutists of the Berlin Philharmonic. The conversation is in German with English subtitles.