With a passion for sports, oenology, literature and of course….music, French flutist, José-Daniel Castellon, is considered to be one of the most outstanding musicians in Europe.
José-Daniel learned the flute with Marius Beuf before entering the “Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique” in Lyon at age 16 to study with legendary flutist, Maxence Larrieu. In 1983, while still at the conservatory, José-Daniel won the Geneva International Music Competition. One year later he graduated with honors, completing the “Diplôme National d’Etudes Supérieures Musicale”.
Jose-Daniel’s orchestral career began at age 19 playing with the National Opera Orchestra of Lyon, conducted by John Eliot Gardiner. Then in 1989, on a personal invitation from Emmanuel Krivine, José-Daniel was appointed principal flute of the National Orchestra of Lyon. From 1990 to 2004, José-Daniel was principal flutist of the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra in Switzerland, where he performed under musical director’s Jesus-Lopez Cobos and Christian Zacharias successively.
José-Daniel is one of the most appreciated teacher’s of our times. Professor of Flute at Lyon’s “Conservatoire National de Région” for 13 years, he accepted in 2004, the post of Professor of Flute at the “Haute Ecole de Musique” in Lausanne, Switzerland.
José-Daniel has given masterclasses throughout Europe as well as in Brazil, Korea, Syria, Singapour and China. He has taught at many prestigious Academies such as the Tibor Varga Festival, the Academy at Les Arcs, Palma Music Festival…and is increasingly invited at the jury of major international competitions: Concours Maxence Larrieu (Nice/France), Domenico Cimarosa (Aversa/Italie), Jean Français (Paris/France)...Concours Toscanini for conductor (Parme/Italie).
He performs regularly as a soloist with orchestra (maintaining a relationship with the whole "European Concert"). In recent years, he went including Seoul to Irkutsk via the legendary Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow, where he played the Concerto in G Major by Mozart with the “Orchestre des Pays de Savoie” under the direction of Nicolas Chalvin.
With a particular interest in chamber music, José-Daniel co-founded the Trio “Pierre de Ronsard” with colleagues, Isabelle Moretti, harp and Nicolas Bône, viola.