I grew up listening to casette tape recordings of Aurèle Nicolet, Jean-Pierre Rampal and Severino Gazzeloni, all featuring wonderful flute concerti. These three influential flutists played a huge role in promoting the flute as a solo instrument, captivating audiences world-wide with their artistry. Thanks to these meaningful recordings, I was inspired to perform as a soloist at a very early age.
Playing with an orchestra has always provided me with extra momentum. It gives my musical expression a special emphasis and vitality, a greater palette of dramatic techniques for my phrasing, and the additional élan required to motivate a large ensemble. It is simply magical to be in dialogue with so many different instruments at once, while taking the musical lead. The fruits of solo playing motivate me enormously in my daily practice.
" I was especially drawn to performing as a soloist from a very early age "
The role of my instrument has changed greatly over the past decades, but there is no question that even today, audiences will hear many times more concerti performed by pianists or string players than they will solo flutists. I thus find it crucial to contribute to the popularization of the flute amongst the instruments most in demand for soloistic appearances. I strive to share with a wide range of audiences the particularly captivating qualities that make my instrument very special: the wittiness, the virtuosity, the sensitivity and the drive of the flute.
Over the past years I have performed as a soloist with several orchestras, including the Luxembourg Academy Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestre Dijon Bourgogne, the Chamber Orchestra of the Hungarian National Philharmonic, the Amadinda Percussion Group, the Orchester Jakobsplatz München, the Georgian Sinfonietta, the Krakow Academy Orchestra, the Miskolc Symphony Orchestra, the Danube Symphony Orchestra, the Mendelssohn Chamber Orchestra, the Danubia Orchestra Obuda, the Anima Musicae Chamber Orchestra, the Concerto Armonico, the Nottingham Philharmonic Orchestra and the IKZE Ensemble.
"I find it crucial to contribute towards the development of my instrument and share with the widest range of audiences"
A few particularly unforgettable performances have included concertos with outstanding conductors. These include Tamás Vásáry, who conducting by heart, has given me extraordinary attention, and my husband Gergely Madaras, who as a trained flutist and someone who knows me especially well allows me the most freedom of expression. Pieces that are composed for solo flute with a chamber orchestra or smaller ensembles, I enjoy leading on my own.
As an interesting fact, here is the list of concerti I have performed with various orchestras and ensembles:
C. Ph. E. Bach: Flute Concerto in D minor, H425 Wq168 (1747)
J. S. Bach: Suite No. 2 in B minor for Flute BWV 1067 (1738-39)
J. S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No.4 in G major, BWV 1049 (1717-1721)
J. S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No.5 in D major, BWV 1050 (1717-1721)
J. S. Bach: Concerto for two flutes in D minor (arr.), BWV 1043 (1717-1723)
J. S. Bach: Concerto for Flute and Violin (arr.), BWV 1060 (year unknown)
J. S. Bach: Non sa che sia dolore, BWV 209 (1747)
F. Benda: Flute Concerto in E minor (1760)
V. Blodek: Flute Concerto in D major (1862)
F. Devienne: Flute Concerto No.7, E minor (1787)
A. Jolivet: Flute Concerto No.1 (1949)
M. Kocsár: Capricorn Concerto (1978)
S. Mercadante: Flute Concerto in E minor, op.57 (1813)
l. Meskó: Flauto Concerto (2006)
W. A. Mozart: Rondo in D major, K. Anh. 184 (1801)
W. A. Mozart: Flute Concerto in G, No.1, K.313 (1778)
W. A. Mozart: Flute Concerto in D, No.2, K.314 (1778)
W. A. Mozart: Flute and Harp Concerto in C, K.299/297c (1778)
C. Nielsen: Concerto for flute and orchestra (1926)
K. Penderecki: Flute Concerto (1992)
C. Reinecke: Flute Concerto in D major, op.283 (1908)
E. Schulhoff: Double Concerto for Flute, Piano and Orchestra (1927)
E. Szervánszky: Flute Concerto (1952)
G. Sztojanov: Flute Concerto (2007)
G. Sztojanov: Triple Concerto for flute, voice and cymbal (2008)
G. Ph. Telemann: Suite in A minor, TWV:55a2 (year unknown)
C. Stamitz: Flute concerto in G major, op.29