Back in May, the Berlin Philharmonic announced that Mathieu Dufour had won the audition for its principal flute seat.
Dufour, a Frenchman, is principal flute with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Last night he let it be known that he won’t be going to Berlin … yet. He has signed on for one more season with Riccardo Muti in Chicago.
Berlin, confident it will get its man, has asked the veteran Andreas Blau – 45 years with the orchestra – to postpone his retirement for a further 12 months. Dufour’s reasons for keeping Berlin in limbo have not been clarified.
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