born on 22/1/1926 in Neuchâtel, NE, Switzerland
died on 29/1/2016
Aurèle Nicolet (22 January 1926 – 29 January 2016) was a Swiss flautist. He was considered one of the world's best flute players of the late twentieth century.
His pupils include Emmanuel Pahud, Carlos Bruneel, Michael Faust, Pedro Eustache, Thierry Fischer, Irena Grafenauer, Huáscar Barradas, Kristiyan Koev, Jadwiga Kotnowska, Robert Langevin, Tom Ottar Andreassen, Marina Piccinini, Kaspar Zehnder and Ariel Zuckermann.
He was a flautist in orchestras in Winterthur and Zurich from 1948 to 1950. He was solo flautist for the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra from 1950 to 1959. He Professor at the Academy for Music in Berlin from 1952 to 1965. He was head of the Master Class at the Freiburg Conservatory from 1965 to 1981.
Awards and prizes
In 1947, at the age of 21, he was awarded the Paris Conservatory’s First Prize for flute. In 1948 he won the First Prize at Geneva International Music Competition.
- Bach: The Complete Sonatas for Flute
- Luigi Boccherini/Joseph Martin Kraus: Flute Quintets
- François-Joseph Gossec: 6 Flute Quartets
- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: 4 Flute Quartets
- Anton Reicha: 3 Quartets, Op. 98
- Louis Spohr: Concertante No. 2; Mozart: Concerto for Flute and Harp; Oboe Concertos
- Antonio Vivaldi: Flute Concertos Op. 10, 1-6
- Antonio Vivaldi: 6 Flute Concertos Op. 10
- Kreis, Mariel (29 January 2016). "Der Klang seiner Flöte war warm und trug eine Botschaft". SRF: Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen. Retrieved 30 January 2016.
- Johannes Adam: Aurèle Nicolet: Grandseigneur der Flöte. Nachruf in: Badische Zeitung vom 2. Februar 2016.
- Hommage ä Aurèle Nicolet. In: Flöte aktuell 1/2016, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Flöte (PDF).