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    Guy Eshed

Musician Spotlight: Guy Eshed

Flutist Guy Eshed was born in Tel Aviv, Israel in 1979. He joined the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra in 2001 and currently resides in Florence, Italy.

When I’m not performing with the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, I…

Play as solo flutist with the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino (Florence Opera House), different chamber music projects, teach, cook and jog

Most important traits to have as a musician…

Think with your heart, love with your brain and be disciplined…

Most rewarding performance with the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra and why…

So many….the Ramallah concert, Brahms 4 in the Musikverein, Carmen suite in Teatro Colón, Schoenberg variations in Salzburg, Boulez Mémoriale at the BBC Proms

How did you become a musician?

Grew up in a musician’s family, so it was very natural.

Is there an interesting story behind your instrument?

My Muramatsu 18k gold headjoint is a special prototype made.

Most significant musical experience? Performing, listening, or otherwise…

Hearing for the first time the Magic Flute when I was six and the firebird when I was eleven.

A project on the horizon you’re excited about…

Next concert.

One or two works of art – music, theatre, anything – that you adore and why…  

Impossible to choose…

When I want to get away from it all, I…

Cook

People are surprised to find out that I…

Have a French name! Although Guy is a very typical and common Hebrew name, my name– although written the same in the Latin alphabet (not in Hebrew)–is pronounced “Ghee”, like the great French author Guy de Maupassant

I’d really love to meet – or to have met…

Mozart

I have never understood why…

People like the combination of chocolate and jam together.

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