Juliette Hurel

French flutist (Auxerre, 1970)

As an enthusiast flutist, Juliette Hurel gets involved as much in the contemporary music as she does in a more classical repertoire as a concert artist, being part of an orchestra or as a chambrist and reveals a career as bright as it is eclectic.

Rewarded for her work with the Paris Conservatoire alongside Pierre-Yves Artaud, Juliette Hurel studied under Peter-Lukas Graf for one year in Basel. While continuing her cycle of improvement in chamber music in the class of Maurice Bourgue, she then got advice from Aurèle Nicolet. In order to complete her training, she followed Andreas Adorjan's teaching at the Cologne Musikhochschule where she successfully graduated from in 1996.

If Juliette Hurel had many opportunities to work with living composers, such as Eric Tanguy, Pascal Dusapin, Ivan Fedele, Pierre Boulez or Philippe Hersant, she didn’t let this restrain her to any particular musical format. Upon starting her third cycle at the Paris Conservatoire, she focused on chamber music and it is this passion that led her to create her wind quintet, Lutecia, as well as a flute-piano duet with Hélène Couvert.

Winner of many international competitions, including the Jean-Pierre Rampal contest, she played alongside well-known musicians like Philippe Graffin, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Truis Mørk, the Trio Wanderer, Marielle Nordmann… She has also been seen in the company of famous orchestras on prestigious stages or festivals. For some years now, her flautist husband Benoît Fromanger has been sharing duos with her in concerts-shows. That formation  has given them the opportunity to explain to the audience the more or less obvious bonds that exist between baroque and contemporary pieces.

Solo flutist with the Rotterdam Orchestra directed by Yannick Nézet-Séguin since 2008, Juliette Hurel was a professor at the Royal Conservatoire of the Hague and teaches now at the Rotterdam Conservatoire.

Her discography is diversified and has been acclaimed by the critics many times.

Six landmark dates in the life of Juliette Hurel

• 1994 : won unanimously first flute prize at the National Superior Paris Conservatoire.
• 1995 : creation of the flute-piano duet with the pianist Hélène Couvert.
• 1998 : got the flute solo position in the Rotterdam Orchestra, directed at the time by Valery Gergiev.
• 2002 : recording of Pascal Dusapin Galim for flute and orchestra, acclaimed by critics, won a prize at the Charles Cros Academy.
• 2004 : won the revelation of the year prize at the French Classical Music Awards.
• 2012 : while on a train, Juliette Hurel got robbed of her flute, which she considered as « the extension of [her] body ».

Official website : juliettehurel

Radio France Documentation biography