Renowned flutist JULIEN BEAUDIMENT brilliantly represents the French flute school. After holding the position of Principal Flute of the Lyon National Opera House for 12 years, he joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic as Principal Flute in September.
Born in 1978 near Bordeaux (France), he crossed the Channel when he was 18 years old to study at the Guildhall School of Music in London with Paul Edmund-Davies and Averill Williams. He stayed there two years, before finishing his studies at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris with Sophie Cherrier, assisted by Vincent Lucas and Michel Moragués for chamber music. He successfully obtained the flute and chamber music awards.
His studies enabled him to rub shoulders with other great professors, such as Vicens Prats, Maxence Larrieu, Jacques Zoon, Benoît Fromanger, Ransom Wilson, and Joshua Smith. While he was 22 and still a student at the Conservatoire, he was appointed Principal Flute for the Orchestre de l’Opéra National de Lyon. Very quickly his concert career led him to perform on great stages and at renowned festivals, including the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, Kumho Art Hall in Seoul, the Essen Philharmonie, the Palau de la Música in Barcelona, the Opéra National de Lyon, the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels, Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, the Beijing National Center for the Performing Arts, the Seoul Art Center, the Rheingau Festival, the Festival de Musique et de Danse de Montpellier, the Varna International Festival in Bulgaria, the Mostly Mozart festival in London, the Stuttgart Kammerorchester, the Beijing Symphony Orchestra, and the Cannes Symphony Orchestra.
He has also performed within celebrated orchestras in outstanding halls – the Beijing Opera Orchestra, l’Orchestre de Paris, l’Orchestre de l’Opéra National de Paris, the London Symphony Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the Hallé Orchestra in Manchester, the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, and the Orchestre National de Bordeaux – under the direction of conductors such as Gustavo Dudamel, Christoph Eschenbach, Colin Davis, Michael Tilson Thomas, Iván Fischer, Kazushi Ono, Roger Norrington, Yuri Temirkanov, Emmanuel Krivine, William Christie, Evelino Pidò, Louis Langrée, Thomas Hengelbrock, Philippe Jordan, and Vladimir Jurowski. From 2005 to 2006 he was Principal Flute of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales under Thierry Fischer, taking temporary leave from his orchestra in Lyon, which he rejoined the following year.
A chamber music enthusiast, Beaudiment is a Laureate of the Barcelona International Sonata Competition. He has performed beside artists such as Lawrence Foster, Enrico Onofri from Il Giardino Armonico, Stefano Montanari, Marie-Pierre Langlamet, Isabelle Moretti, Raphaël Oleg, Philippe Bernold, Lluis Claret, Sarah Nemtanu, Hervé N’Kaoua, Denis Pascal, Ishiro Nodaira, Jean François Zygel, Oliver Triendl, the jazzman Antoine Hervé, members of the Wiener Philharmoniker and the Berliner Philharmoniker, Ariane Jacob, the Quatuor Psophos, the Quatuor Diotima, Rachel Brown, and Michel Moragués. He has accompanied the famous dancers/choreographers Régine Chopinot and Benjamin Millepied, performing Bach’s Partita around the world. He is regularly invited to play with the world-renowned Academy of St. Martin in the Fields in London alongside Joshua Bell and Murray Perahia, to name only two.
His rich musical career has nevertheless left him time to teach. Before leaving for the U.S. he was teaching at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Lyon and was artistic deputy at the Haute École de Musique de Lausanne, in Switzerland. He also teaches in many academies: “Vanderbilt Academy” in Aix en Provence, the Nice International Summer Academy, the Académie Internationale des Arcs (France), and in many master classes in the U.S., Europe, and Asia (China, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan).