Michel Moragues, France

Michel Moragues enjoys a varied career as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral player and educator. Second flute soloist with the Orchestre National de France since 1989, Mr. Moragues is a Professor of Chamber Music at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique in Paris and a Professor of Flute at the Conservatoire Regional de Paris.

Michel Moragues entered the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris, in the class of Jean Pierre Rampal and Alain Marion at age 14, and two years later, in 1979, he won first prize for flute and first prize for chamber music in the class of Christian Lardé. In 1978, he won the International Competition of the Guild of Artists Soloists of Paris, then in 1981, the International Competition in Budapest.

Michel Moragues began his teaching career at the age of 17 as a flute professor at the National School of Music at Chalon. In addition to his current posts at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris and the Conservatoire Regional de Paris, Michel Moragues is highly sought after as a teacher around the world.

An avid chamber musician, he is a founding member of the Quintette Moragues, which he formed in 1980 with his two brothers Pierre and Pascal and with David Walter and Patrick Vilaire, and which performs world-wide to great acclaim. Michel Moragues also has collaborated in chamber music with partners such as Barbara Hendricks, Sandrine Piau, Nora Gubbich, Shlomo Mintz, Regis Pasquier, Brigitte Engerer, Jean Claude Pennetier, Emmanuel Strosser, Alexandre Tharaud, Christoph Henkel, Anne Gastinel, Roland Pidoux, Xavier Phillips, Marc Coppey, Jerome Perno, Frédérique Cambreling, as well as the Ysaÿe Quartett and the Trio Wanderer.

As an orchestral musician, Mr. Moragues has performed under the baton of conductors such as Leonard Bernstein, Pierre Boulez, Sir Colin Davis, Charles Dutoit, Daniele Gatti, John Elliot Gardinner, Neeme, Christian, and Paavo Jarvi, Eugen Jochum , Lorin Maazel, Seiji Ozawa, Bernard Haitink, Riccardo Muti, Georges Pretre, Kurt Masur, and David Zinman.

His discography includes various recordings with works by Ravel, Caplet, Albert Roussel and others.

Michel Moragues was the founder and director of the festival “Music in Grésivaudan” from 1993 to 2003, and currently directs the summer festival of chamber music from Gourdon (Lot) with other members of the Moragues Quintet.