Patrick Gallois & Kazunori Seo

Biography Patrick Gallois & Kazunori Seo

Patrick Gallois
leads a highly successful international career as soloist and conductor. From the age of 17, he studied with Jean-Pierre Rampal at the Paris conservatory and at 21 was appointed 1st flute of the Orchestre National de France, under Lorin Maazel Music Director. He has worked under the direction of such legendary conductors as Leonard Bernstein, Seiji Ozawa, Pierre Boulez, Karl Boehm, Eugen Jochum, Sergiu Celibidache. In 1984 Gallois left his orchestral vacancies to focus on solo career on his solo career.

Flautist: Patrick Gallois regularly performs and records with such conductors as Sir Neville Marriner, Lorin Maazel, Antal Dorati, Leif Segerstam and in chamber music formations with Yuri Bashmet, Natalia Gutman, Peter Schreier, Jorg Demus, the Linsday Quartet and formerly with Jean Pierre Rampal and lily Laskine. He is frequently invited to perform with major orchestras throughout Europe and Asia, as well as at international music festivals including: The Proms (London), Pollenca Festival, Monte Carlo Printemps des Arts, City of London Festival, Theatre des Champs-Elysees (Paris) with Fabio Biondi, Philharmonia Orchestra, Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, Capitole de Toulouse, Chamber Orchestra of Lausanne, Orquestra de Euskadi, Oregon Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National de Belgique, Helsinki Philharmonic, Lahti Symphony, Orchestre d'Auvergne, Sinfonia Varsovia, Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss, Kolner Kammerorchester, Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, London Mozart Players, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, etc... He regularly tours Germany, Japan and Israel and gives annual master classes at the prestigious Academia Chigiana (Sienna) and the Banff Centre for the Arts (Canada).

Conductor: For 12 years, after creating his own orchestra in Paris, "l'Academie de Paris", Patrick Gallois has developed a conducting career which has taken him to Japan (Tokyo Chamber Orchestra), Finland (Oulu, Kuopio and Jyväskylä), Sweden (Musica Vitae and the Swedish Chamber Orchestra), Italy (Orchestra da Padova, I Pomeriggi Musicale, Orchestra del Lazio di Roma), California (the Monterey Symphony), to Portugal, to Israel (Israel Chamber Orchestra), to Rumania (Cluj), and to Bulgaria (Sofia) and in France. He is frequently invited to return as conductor to these orchestras.

Patrick Gallois was appointed Musical Director of Sinfonia Finlandia Jyväskylä (Finland) for the 2003 Season. Since then, he has toured with the orchestra in France 2003, Poland and Japan in 2004. Forthcoming tours include France/Spain in summer 2005, Spain in spring 2006, Germany and Japan again during the 2006/7. With regular recording contracts for Naxos, Gallois and Sinfonia Finlandia have recorded Charles Gounod's 2 Symphonies, and the first 2 programs in a series of Haydn symphonies

Repertoire: Patrick Gallois's repertoire is extremely varied and includes with a strong taste for contemporary music. He has performed the world premiere of many new concerti such as Eric Tanguy's 2nd Flute Cto. (Saint-Riquier Festival 1994), Sallinen's concerto (Helsinki Contemporary Music 1995). He regularly plays Rautavaara's and Penderecki's concerti, the latter under the direction of the composer with Sinfonia Varsovia, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Stuttgarter Philharmoniker and the Japanese Philharmonic. Many new works have been dedicated and premiered by Patrick including: Kristof Maratka's Cto (1997), Marcel Landowski's flute Cto No.2 (1998), Renaud Cagneux's Cto. for flute and harp (1998), Jacques Desbiere's Cto, Kristos Hartzis's concerto and in November 2001, Kai Nieminen's concerto "Palomar". Other composers have written concerti for him and those premiered in 2003/4 were by Emil Tabakov concerto for 2 flutes (Sofia, Jan 2003), Philippe Hersant (Flt Cto, The Hague 2005/06), Jan Sandstrom (Orquestra de Euskadi 2004) and Rocco Abate (Italy 2005). Both Karen Tanaka and Kelly-Mary Murphy wrote a concerti for flute and cello dedicated to Patrick Gallois and Shauna Rolston (for Radio France and CBC Canada 2004), as well as Ron Royer (double concerto for flute and cello) was be premiered in Finland in 2004, and Jose Luis Campana (flute concerto, Argentina 2005/2006).

Kazunori SEO
has a seamless, warm delivery that is perfect for the repertoire. Yet when called on to supply the requisite bravura, he confidently steps up to the plate and delivers. The performances also radiate a fine sense of energy and unforced stylish grace. (American Record Guide / USA)

The sonority, magnificently timbre without falling ever in the excess, serves the expression marvellously.... Kazunori SEO perpetuates with elegance, distinction and class, the best tradition of the French school of the flute of which he is descended. (La Traversière Magazine / FRANCE)

Prize-winner of the prestigious international competitions, notably "Carl Nielsen" and "Jean-Pierre Rampal in 1998, and more "Geneva" in 2001, Kazunori SEO has won attention as one of the world's outstanding flutists through numerous appearances as soloist, recitalist and chamber musician.

He has performed with especially Patrick Gallois, Jean-Michel Damase, Emile Naoumoff, Maurice Bourgue, Jörg Demus, the Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra, the Odense Symphony Orchestra, the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, the Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra, the Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia, the Sinfonia Finlandia Jyväskylä, the Kyushu Symphony Orchestra and the Sapporo Symphony Orchestra, among others in Europe, in Asia, and in North and South America....

In 2005, he won the Pro Musicis International Award in Paris and he gives recitals regularly in Paris (Salle Cortot), New-York (Carnegie, Weill Recital Hall), Boston, Tokyo as the artist of Pro Musicis Association.

A passionate and dedicated as chamber musician, arranger & recording producer. He produce regularly many concerts and recordings for Naxos and his own labels "Les Ménestrels" & "Virtus Classics", with Svetlin Roussev, Nicolas Dautricourt, Nicolas Baldeyrou, Laurent Wagschal, Jong-hwa Park, Makoto Ueno etc.... In 2011, he was commissioned by the Shirakawa-Hall in Nagoya (Japan), arranged two symbolic symphonies to chamber music. Beethoven's Eroica Symphony for 6 players and Mahler's 9th Symphony for 12 players. These arrangements got a lot of attention in the Japan music scene.

The flutist Kazunori SEO was born in Kitakyushu (Japan) in 1974. He began his musical studies since the age of 6 years with his parents who are musicians, but it is especially in Paris that he accomplished the essential of his musical studies. He studied flute in Paris with Raymond Guiot, Kurt Redel, Patrick Gallois, Benoît Fromanger and Alain Marion at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris (CNSMDP) where he was awarded the "Premier Prix" in flute in 1998. He also studied chamber music with Pascal Le Corre, Emmanuel Nunes, Christian Ivaldi, Ami Flammer, and he was awarded at the CNSMDP the "Premier Prix" in chamber music in 1999. He concluded his musical studies with Maurice Bourgue at the CNSMDP.

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