Claude Monteux, Flutist and Conductor

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Tuesday, August 19th 2008 - 01:56:27 AM

Name: David Zelmon
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Comments: Dear Maestro,
Many years ago (1961!), I was fortunate enough to get to see you when you came to Liberty Street elementary school in Newburgh, New York. You were the music director of the Hudson Valley Philharmonic Orchestra at the time and appeared with several members of the orchestra including that wonderful cellist, Mr. Sterling Hunkins. It was my first time seeing classical musicians in person and I still remember what an effect it had on me. I remember you and your colleagues both played and talked about both music and your instruments. It helped give me a life long love of classical music so I just wanted to say thanks. I am very glad that you are continue to educate young people. We are all better for it.

David Zelmon

Tuesday, July 15th 2008 - 09:54:05 AM

Name: Grace
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Wednesday, May 28th 2008 - 04:22:05 PM

Name: Marta Andriasova
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Comments: Dear Mr. Monteux,

My name is Marta Andriasova. I am the owner of IMMA Publishing Co..
I found your name at the internet page of the Flutisthomepage.

I would like to find out if you would be interested in listening to Iosif Andriasov's Musical Sketch for Flute and String Orchestra, I would send you a free mp 3 file of the piece with your permission.

Looking forward to your reply.

Best Wishes,

Marta Andriasova

Tuesday, May 20th 2008 - 09:46:04 PM

Name: Beth Carville Evans
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Comments: Dear Claude,
As I often do, I have been thinking of you, and am glad to have this chance to say hello. I was happy to read about your 85th birthday celebration in San Diego. Congratulations! I hope you are feeling well and enjoying yourself. How I miss those glorious summers in Ellsworth and your studio on the bay. My family and I are well and will be seeing our oldest, Kathryn, off to college next fall. She'll be attending Williams College in Massachusetts. We're so proud! I have been doing a good deal of orchestral playing lately, including a world premier of Symphony No. 1 by Ed Marcus. Do you remember him? A clarinetist and Battisti conducting student at NEC, he was to have conducted Vivaldi at my ill-fated senior recital. You may remember, but with so many students to your wonderful credit, you may not. Well, Ed is quite a good composer, and now living with his wife Penny Ward (also a clarinetist) in St. Paul. I am also playing in a woodwind trio, flute, clarinet, bassoon...The Lavender Trio. I would love to know if you know of any good literature for this combination. We have been working with many local composers and playing new works. Do you remember our lovely Benaro Trio? Nan, Rose, and I must have a reunion soon, perhaps in Maine!! Most of all, I want you to know how much I appreciate having studied with you. I will forever treasure your wisdom, encouragement, and friendship. I would so love to hear from you if you are able. May God bless you.

Wednesday, May 14th 2008 - 01:10:42 AM

Name: Robert Conant
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Comments: Salut Claude!

Here is a voice from the past. In a conversation with a friend and colleague in Oberlin, your name came up, and it sent me to the net to see if I could locate you--and voila! I am now in upstate New York near Saratoga, retired from college teaching and still directing my summer Festival of Baroque Music from which I will also retire next year at the end of our 50th season. (Founded in 1959). I was at Roosevelt Univ in Chicago for many years after starting at Yale, all the while concertizing here and abroad as soloist and with various eminent colleagues. But the main thing is to greet you and say that it would be good to see you sometime. (I was at UCSD one summer in the 70's.) I hope you are well and that the muses continue to light your fires.

Warm regards,

Bob Conant (claveciniste) 165 Wilton Rd. /Greenfield Ctr NY 12833 (518) 893-7527

Saturday, April 12th 2008 - 06:10:54 AM

Name: Betty Bastien
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Comments: Hello Claude,

I was a student at your summer flute workshop in Maine 30 years ago! I also saw you then a few times in Boston, as I lived there and you were teaching at the New England Conservatory.

I have since changed my whole name and don't play flute anymore but I will always remember my two summers with you and staying in your house. God Bless.

Sincerely, Betty Bastien (now Nicole Rubio)

Wednesday, February 20th 2008 - 09:10:13 AM

Name: Dominique
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Comments: Dear Mr. Monteux,
Happy new year! When will we have another master class?
Hope to see you very soon.



Wednesday, February 13th 2008 - 12:09:07 PM

Name: Agnes Penot-Lejeune
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Comments: Cher Monsieur,

Je travaille pour le musée de San Diego en tant que chercheur pour la provenance de leur collection. Je travaille en ce moment sur le portrait de votre père peint par Bonnard. Je vous contacte aujourd'hui afin de savoir si vous connaîtriez les conditions dans lesquelles Bonnard a peint ce portrait et si ce tableau a un jour appartenu à votre famille.
Je vous remercie par avance de votre aide. Cette peinture est une oeuvre majeure de notre musée et connaître son historique est particulièrement crucial.

J'attends de vos nouvelles avec impatience

Friday, November 2nd 2007 - 01:34:41 AM

Name: John, Shao Jiang Huang
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Comments: Hi Claude!
Happy Birthday!
I am very fortunate to have you as my mentor. It is always a joy talking to you and till this day, you are continuously guiding me. After your masterclass (Oct 7, 2007) on the 12 Telemann Fantasias with my students, everyone learned so much from it. You pointed out the details and style of Baroque music which we were not aware of. Your spirit and passion for music has motivated me and my students to work harder.It definitely made my teaching more interesting. We are looking forward to your next visit. Take care and wishing you good health.
Lots of love,
From John, Vivien, Jin and Jed Oct. 15, 2007
Fremont, CA

Tuesday, October 16th 2007 - 02:29:09 AM

Name: Doug Rea
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Comments: Dear Mr. Monteux,
I have a question about your father-did he ever conduct Bruckner? If so, do you what and when?
Thanks for your time!

Doug Rea
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Thursday, September 20th 2007 - 05:01:25 AM

Name: Deborah kruzansky
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Comments: Dear Claude,
Remember me?? About 40 years agao in Pok? I loved reading about you! I hope you are healthy and enjoying yourself.
I have been playing a lot in the last 5 years. Mostly in Europe. I live in Rome, Italy and teach in th Conservatory in Latina (near Rome). My husband is a conductor as well as the director of the Conservatory in Campobasso (he is also a flutist! I met him in 1980 in Siena. I have just finished a summer of Reinecke concertos as well as a couple of recitals ( one of all contemporary works for flute alone, and the other with piano: Franck,Casella,Faurè etc..)
I am healthy and happy and do as I like. Although I should have taken your advice 30 years ago although I was really immature. My parents are fine and still in Poughkeepsie. And all my brothers and sister are in New York state. Where are you these days? I have always thought of you with great
esteem and gratitude. You were always an "ideal" for me. I would love to hear from you.. I also have a web site but can never remember the adress. (my memory is only for flute concertos!) Last year I played Ibert and all the Mozarts concerts and 2 years ago Kaciaturian which was wonderful!!
Please Write, Love from your old student Deborah

Friday, August 24th 2007 - 04:46:30 AM

Name: marisa
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Comments: I don't know if you knew it or not but you were my greatest friend and confidant while I lived in San Diego. I have tried to email you with the address that I have but it isn't correct. I miss playing piano with you! I hope you are well :)

Much love,

Saturday, July 28th 2007 - 05:46:30 PM

Name: marisa
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Comments: I don't know if you knew it or not but you were my greatest friend and confidant while I lived in San Diego. I have tried to email you with the address that I have but it isn't correct. I miss playing piano with you! I hope you are well :)

Much love,

Saturday, July 28th 2007 - 05:43:07 PM

Name: Lynne Priest Fitzpatrick in MD
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Comments: Hello Claude,
I hope this finds you well. Am wondering if you plan to be in Maine this summer ? Carlos (also flautist) and I are renting a cottage in Boothbay Harbor for a week in July. Though a bit south from Lemoine it would be great to perhaps see you again after many years (summer '75...and DC Convention (during 90's?).

Saturday, June 16th 2007 - 11:32:05 AM

Name: Susan Clow
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Comments: Hello Claude. It has been a few years since we've seen each other but I hope you recall the name. It is wonderful to read so much about you in this website. I was in SD last summer for the 1st time in 4 years and Barbara Flannery told me me you were teaching at SDSU and about this website.

I'm busy raising 2 kids. My daughter Cristina is 14 now. She has been blessed with some musical talent and plays piano in her Middle school jazz band. My son Andrew is 8. He is more interested in video games for now. You may also remember Gary, we divorced 2 years ago. He lives nearby and is involved with the children. All is well.

If you find yourself near Boca Raton,Florida please keep me in mind and make it a point to stop by and say hello.

Enjoy your cool weather summer in Maine.
God's blessings be with you always.

Susan Clow


Wednesday, June 6th 2007 - 12:16:59 AM

Name: Christopher Steward
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Comments: Dear Mr Monteux,
I have just stumbled upon your website. I have collected recordings of flute-players for many years, and I would just like to say how much I have enjoyed yours, including not only the various concerto discs, but also the recordings of the Harpsichord Ensemble.
With best wishes,
Christopher Steward

Wednesday, May 30th 2007 - 05:23:14 PM

Name: Paul Taylor
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Comments: Dear Claude
I hope you remember me from the early '70s when we worked together in Poughkeepsie. I came over with Valerie Baulard for the Verdi Requiem, and also The Creation.

I am so glad to find this site, and send all best wishes from Lizzie and me. I have very warm memories of that time, and remember your great hospitality.

All you love to you and Mary - Paul & Lizzie

Sunday, April 29th 2007 - 09:05:13 PM

Name: Judy Lam
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Comments: Dear Mr. Monteux,

Greetings! It is our great honor and beyond words of appreciation that you have so kindly accepted John Huang’s invitation to attend our May 19, 2007 Concert in Fremont, and to conduct a workshop exclusively for the Fremont Flute Ensemble thereafter on May 20, 2007, at the California State University East Bay. FFE members are thrilled to have this opportunity to meet with you to whom we all revered.

As a brief introduction, FFE was establishment in October 2004 and our membership has since grown from 20 to 80 to include a percussion section and a new string section. Among the 60 flutes, we have 6 alto flutes and 4 bass flutes. FFE actively promotes the arts culture in our communities and gives 2 seasonal concerts annually. We are also very fortunate to have professional instructors leading each section. Our student members enjoy learning and performing with professionals while exploring a variety of ensemble literatures, some of which are FFE’s original arrangements. In the 5/19 concert, we will have premier performances on both a FEE original arrangement as well as a FFE commissioned composition.

A flight itinerary has been forwarded to you separately. This is to confirm that members of our Board of Directors will meet you at the San Jose Airport.

Looking forward to seeing you,
John Huang, Artistic Director
Judy Lam, Asst Director & Ensemble Manager
Fremont Flute Ensemble

Saturday, April 28th 2007 - 03:01:33 AM

Name: Linda Cummiskey Vik
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Comments: Hi Claude,
I'm married to Dennis Vik and we live in Albuquerque, NM. I'm still fiddling away. Today a group here played through all the Brandenburg Concerti. I was talking to one of the players and it turns out he is Freddy's father! Jules Cahn. We called Freddy in Singapore! So I googled you and am writing this. How are you doing?

Monday, January 29th 2007 - 06:28:52 AM

Name: Linda Cummiskey Vik
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Comments: Hi Claude,

I'm married to Dennis Vik and we live in Albuquerque, NM. I'm still fiddling away. Today a group here played through all the Brandenberg Concerti. I was talking to one of the players and it turns out he is Freddy's Father! Jules Cahn. We called Freddy in Singapore! So I googled you and am writing this. How are you doing?

Sunday, January 28th 2007 - 10:34:32 AM

Name: Michael Bresler
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Comments: I studied flute with both Claude and Marianne (Mary Anne) while I was a flute major at Bard College in the early '70's. I had to hitchhike each way, so each lesson generally took up most of a day; it was well worth it! No matter what wretched shape I was in when I arrived, within a short time I was always playing my best. Masterful teaching - thank you. Best wishes!

Sunday, January 14th 2007 - 11:40:58 AM

Name: Andreas Miehle
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Comments: Dear Mr. Monteux,

I'd like to wish you a happy birthday.
Your recording of Ravel's La valse is my favourite recording of this work. Your recordings with your father are also wonderful.

Have a nice day,

Andreas Miehle

Sunday, October 15th 2006 - 08:48:02 PM

Name: Gerard
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Comments: Claude - Quite impressive, and obviously very effective! Nice chatting with you the other day. Glad to hear you're in good health. Hope to see you soon.

Love, G

Thursday, October 12th 2006 - 10:24:09 PM

Name: Sally Clarke
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Comments: Dear Mr. Monteux,
My name is Sally Clarke, I am an Australian viola player currently living and working in Germany.
I'm writing to ask if you knew that your father, Pierre Monteux, composed two pieces for viola and piano? Named Melodie and Arabesque respectively, they are ca. 3' and 2', quite short, but very beautiful!
I feel they should be published, and I am in contact with a prospective publishing company (seeing that the original company, U. du Wast, no longer exists, and Salabert say they have no record of the pieces ever having passed through their house). I wish to do everything correctly, of course! and not abuse anybody's rights to the publishing of these pieces!
I recorded both pieces last year, for SWR (South German Radio); after they were broadcast, one Christiane von Keuz contacted me, and actually came to Karlsruhe, where I live, to visit me - she turns about to be your ex- daughter-in-law!
I would love to hear from you, especially regarding the publishing of the 2 works, and of course would be very happy to send you a copy of my recording.

Kind regards
Sally Clarke

Saturday, September 30th 2006 - 04:08:49 AM

Name: Jennifer M. Crowley
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Comments: Dear Claude,

I am the mother of Robert's child, Jessica Lynn. She is 23 and had a baby last December 2, 2005. Danielle Emily a true Buddha baby.

I play violin (first chair in 8th grade) and string bass. Not for many years, unfortunately.

I am living with Robert now here in Portland and we are getting married soon.

Do you want to come and meet the mother of your grandchild and great-granddaughter? Feel free to bring a guest.

R.S.V.P. as soon as possible, we have a license already.

And no, Robert doesn't know I am writing to you but I don't take orders from stubborn Frenchmen, as I am part French myself, monsieur. Besides, I am very beautiful and you must see for yourself in person. Hope you can make it. My daughter is very curious about you.

Kind regards,

~~Jennifer Marie Crowley

Monday, September 18th 2006 - 12:23:16 PM

Name: James Galway
Comments: Dear Claude,

May I draw upon your wealth of experience? I am having difficulty to translate the meaning of the heading of the T&G study eo5 where he writes "Pour le Martelé" How do we explain this in plain English to the English speaking world?
Is it simply "for accents in music"? or is there a deeper meaning?

I hope you are well and enjoying the summer.


Wednesday, June 14th 2006 - 07:27:00 PM

Name: Becky (Ferris) Eldridge
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Comments: Claude!
I miss you and think of you often. I have and have had many successful students. Still playing in Maine. Maybe I can see you this summer if you come to Maine.

Tuesday, March 21st 2006 - 01:48:13 AM

Name: James Galway
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Comments: Dear Claude,

I just had a chat with Sam Coles who plays in the Bordeaux Orchestra. There are about to record Daphnis and they are questioning the scale at the beginning of the famous flute solo.

Could you drop hima note and tell him what you know about it please?

I would also like to wish youa very healthy and happy new year.

Best wishes,

James Galway.

Sunday, January 1st 2006 - 08:33:45 PM

Name: Doug Rea
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Comments: Dear Claude,
Hi! I recently found an old lp record of you conducting some works by Ravel-it said you were the son of Pierre Monteux.
This made my day. I did not know that Pierre Monteux had a son, who is also a recorded conductor himself-a pleasant surprise.
I am a big lover of your father's recordings-to me, he had a very special and dear way of making music-to put into words what his recordings mean to me would be difficult to do. As I say, it is a love affair!
My only regret is that your father never recorded any music by my favourite composer, Anton Bruckner; I realise that it was not his thing. But my other favourites, Strauss and Berlioz, he did. His Berlioz recordings are especially dear to me-a wonderfull experience to listen to.
I have a question about your father-during his long career, did he ever visit Ottawa, Canada? ( my home)

Thank you for your time-all the best.

Doug Rea

Tuesday, August 23rd 2005 - 04:50:26 AM

Name: John Wion
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Comments: Claude,
I am so happy to see this page honoring you. You certainly deserve it.

Thursday, June 16th 2005 - 12:37:24 AM

Name: Patricia Peters Doyle
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Comments: Claude,

Came upon your web page and it brought back many Ballet Russe memories. Hope you are doing well and I send you all good wishes.


Wednesday, June 1st 2005 - 01:38:00 AM

Name: Kirk Monteux
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Comments: What a kick to read these letters! I hope they make you very proud.

See you next weekend!
Love, Kirk

Sunday, May 15th 2005 - 11:15:29 AM

Name: peter slater
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Comments: I could not resist wrting when I found this website--so many years have passed. I often think of my time as your student and always with the warmest memories. The weekly walk to the studio at Carnegie Hall was the best part of my week. You are now a venerable presence and I am pushing 60. Alas, I no longer play the flute, but try to stay in touch with the "flute world" through my old friend Bob Stallman. I'm living in Sarasota Florida with my 84 year old mother who I brought here from Maine (Columbia Falls) last year. My father (85 and robust) sends you his best regards.

Friday, March 25th 2005 - 11:02:04 PM

Name: Lauren Eselson
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Comments: I studied with Claude and his wife, Mary, in Poughkeepsie in the mid 1970's when I was in high school. I've playing professionally in Canada for the past 25 years; and am currently Assistant Principal Flute and Piccolo in the Calgary Philharmonic in Calgary, AB, Canada. Claude is a wonderful teacher and musician, and was an enormous influence on my playing and musical growth. Thank you!
Best wishes for continued health and success,

Thursday, March 17th 2005 - 10:50:47 PM

Name: Fred Strauss
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Comments: I played tympani in the first Orchestra in Progress in the 60s. I worked hard on a piece to audition with and when I showed up, Kurt Grishman said, no problem, you are in. I didn't even play! I still owe you an audition!

Best of health and regards,
Fred Strauss
Jerusalem, Israel

Thursday, March 17th 2005 - 02:39:07 AM

Name: Beth Carville Evans
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Comments: Hello, Claude. I am still here in Central New York, mothering (we've capped at 5, twin boys, now age 5, did us in!), and fluting. And there isn't a day that goes by or a note that I play that doesn't include thoughts of you. Thank you for all that you taught me during my years of study at the New England Conservatory. Beth

Sunday, August 22nd 2004 - 11:52:02 AM

Name: Daniel Lee
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Comments: Hello... I have studied with Mr. Monteux for about 2 months, when I was in San Diego... I could not continue studying with him because of my financial problem, but times I have spent with him were very, very valuable for me. Now I am studying flute at the Dresden College of Music with Prof. Eckart Haupt. I hope that Prof. Monteux remembers me, and I just want to say Thank You for sharing your knowledge with me!

Thursday, July 15th 2004 - 07:38:56 PM