Marc Grauwels is undoubtedly one of the Belgian flautists most catching the limelight today. He owes this to his talent, his dynamic and generous personality but equally to his innate sense of communication.
His eclecticism as an international soloist has inspired some one hundred composers from all over the world to write especially for him. To name but a few : Ennio Moricone dedicated to him his «Cantate for Europe » while Astor Piazzolla did so with his « History of the Tango » in 1985 and more recently the Greek composer Yannis Markopoulos likewise dedicated his flute concerto to Marc Grauwels. This flute concerto will serve as the inauguration music for the Olympic Games in Athens in 2004.
Having finished his musical studies in his country he made his orchestral debut, aged only nineteen, with the Flemish Opera. The experience was hard at times but he will always have memories full of jest and good humour. He continued to study amongst others with James Galway and Jean-Pierre Rampal.
In 1976 he joined the Monnaie Theatre in Brussels as piccolo solo (the Belgian National Opera House) which he left in 1978 to become first flute soloist in the Symphonic Orchestra of the Belgian Radio and Television. He stayed for ten years whilst being chosen for the same position in 1986 at the foundation of the famous « World Orchestra » directed by Carlo-Maria Giulini.
His career as a soloist was to soar in an impressive way from then on which would entail his definitive departure from the orchestra in 1987. In the same period he taught for fifteen years at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels and today he holds a chair as titular professor at the Royal Conservatoire of Mons.
In February 2001 following a Asian tour the world management in Hong Kong of Naxos decided to confide to him a whole collection in their catalogue entitled « The Flute Collection ». For the three coming years this Marc Grauwels Collection will bring out twenty CDs. In this collection a CD devoted to Felix Mendelssohn has already appeared which has proved an enormous commercial success. Critics and specialized press alike received the new recording truly enthusiastically ,thereby echoing the comprehensive high praise.
Amply gifted by nature with a genial and enthusiastic character he does not refrain from multiplying very diverse musical experiences and readily moves to and fro between e.g. Piazzolla and Mozart and between Bach and Ravi Shankar. And yet, this does not obscure his attention in keeping an equilibrium between seriousness and a vivid imagination in putting together his programmes. His last world première recording devoted to the works of the extraordinary nineteenth century composer-flutist Mathieu-André Reichert, of Belgian-Brazilian descent, makes a worthy illustration of this stance.
With a minimum of a hundred concerts a year all round the world and a discography listing over fifty recordings Marc Grauwels has shown that the right artistic approach paves the way for the flutist’s tremendous success.