Death of ‘greatest’ modern flute playermain
Aurèle Nicolet, the Swiss flautist, died yesterday in Switzerland, a week after his 90th birthday.
He was among the foremost 20th century champions of new music for the flute.
Among the composers who wrote for him were Takemitsu, Ligeti, Denisov and Krzystof Meyer.
From 1950 to 1959, Aurèle was principal flute of the Berlin Philharmonic under Furtwängler and Karajan.