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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 has an innate sense of musical aesthetics in all styles. The clarity of his playing, his precision, his elegance as an interpreter... show an astonishing maturity for his youth. Furthermore, his talents as an accompanist for the voice on the flute are particularly promising." ( VociHarmonie )
"I have always admired his attitude, his virtuosity, his powerful expressiveness but most of all his sincere love for music." ( Jean Ferrandis )
Paris based flutist Thomaz Tavares regularly performs, records, and tours with the Orchestre de Chambre Nouvelle Europe under the baton of Nicolas Krauze and is co-founder of Ensemble IMAGO, ensemble in residence at the Fondation des Etats Unis. He was a recipient of the Harriet Hale Woolley grant for the 2019-2020 year during which he explored the French Belle Époque repertoire under Jean Ferrandis and the flute music of the composer Yuko Uebayashi under the composer herself. He’s most recently been a guest performer with the Fontainebleau Association, Ensemble Calliopée, and the Open Chamber Orchestra of Paris. He is currently flute professor at the Conservatoire Provinois, in the medieval town of Provins, France.
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. In 2019 Tavares obtained his Diplôme Supérieur de de Execution from the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris with unanimous distinction from the jury and in 2020 he obtained his Diplôme Supérieur de Concertiste, the highest degree offered by the institution. Thomaz has been featured as a soloist and collaborator in festivals in Paris (France), Halle (Germany), Fontainebleau (France), Sarajevo (Bosnia), Dartington (England), 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 the