Claude Monteux, flautist and conductor, died on Friday, aged 92. A son of the great conductor Pierre Monteux, he played solo on numerous recordings. His death is reported by Elizabeth Gaston on the Flute List:
Claude Monteux… died peacefully near his son, in Sacramento,
Claude was born in the United States in 1920. The first years of his
life were spent in Paris where he became an accomplished pianist. His
mother, browsing through a Readers Digest, saw an advertisement for a
new music program at Black Mountain College in North Carolina. It is
there that he heard the flute solo from Brahms 4th for the first time,
when his father, Pierre Monteux, toured with the Boston Symphony. He
was so moved by the solo, he decided to play the flute.
He studied flute exclusively with George Laurent, Principle Flute of
the Boston Symphony. Claude’s flute is one the very first handmade
After working as a translator during WW2, Claude settled into the life
of a working musician. He was the principal flute in many symphony
orchestras, worked in NY shows, was the assistant conductor of the
Ballet Russes de Monte Carlo, Conductor and Artistic Director of the
Hudson Valley Symphony, soloed with the London Symphony and St.
Martins in the Fields, taught at the New England Conservatory of Music
and at San Diego State University, hosted summer flute retreats in
Maine, and made some of the first recordings ever…on wax. Claude was
the first person to bring Jean-Pierre Rampal to New York in 1963.