FLUTIST THOMAZ TAVARES
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"A polished performer, Tavares offered an expressive performance that embraced the work's lyrical and virtuoso demands, his pure, direct sound never wavering from the mission at hand" ( The Virginia Gazette)
Thomaz Tavares is a flutist and teacher based in Paris, where he is making a name for himself in the worlds of both classical and contemporary music. Tavares was a recipient of the Harriet Hale Woolley Scholarship for the 2019-2020 academic year, during which he explored the French solo literature of the Belle Epoque period as well as the music of composer Yuko Uebayashi.
A native New Yorker later raised in Brazil, Tavares began his professional studies with French flutist Nicholas Duchamp during high school, and went on to obtain his Bachelor of Music degree in flute performance at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music under the tutelage of Thomas Robertello. During his studies there, he was awarded the Premier Young Artist Scholarship, 1st prize of the flute department concerto competition, and served as Principal flute with the University Orchestra. Equally passionate about the French Baroque style, Tavares also studied baroque recorder and period repertoire with Michael McCraw.
He later started his graduate studies at the École Normale de Musique de Paris under international soloist Jean Ferrandis, and recently obtained his Diplome Supérieur D’Execution with unanimous distinction from the jury. Over the past summers, Thomaz has been featured as a soloist and collaborator in festivals in Paris (France), Halle (Germany), Tignes (France), Sarajevo (Bosnia), Dartington (England), Hot Springs (USA), and has given numerous recitals throughout France and the United States. He has most recently been a guest performer with the Open Chamber Orchestra of Paris led by Yair Benaim, Ensemble Calliopée, Orchestre D’Harmonie de Levallois, and served as principal flutist of the chamber orchestra of the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris under Philippe Entremont.