Serge Saitta

Professor of Traverso

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After completing university studies (a law degree), Serge Saitta pursued classical musical studies at the Regional Conservatories (CRR) of Lyon and Créteil in the classes of Marius Beuf, Maurice Pruvost, and Pierre Séchet.

A recipient of a Ministry of Culture scholarship for two years, he then went to the Royal Conservatory of Music in Brussels to study with Barthold Kuijken, where he was awarded two grand prizes unanimously and with high honors from the jury (Historical Flutes and Chamber Music).

After substituting for Pierre Séchet's traverso class at the CNSMD in Paris and creating the traverso class at the ENMDT in Villeurbanne, Serge Saitta now teaches historical flutes and chamber music at the Haute école de musique de Genève.

His pedagogical commitment has led to numerous masterclasses abroad, including assisting William Christie for three years at the Juilliard School of Music, which resulted in the establishment of a new Historical Performance Department at this renowned school in 2009.

He was invited in October 2021 to the 3rd Flute Festival de la Côte alongside world-renowned soloists including Julien Beaudiment, Michel Bellavance, Felix Rengli, Silvia Careddu, and Jasmine Choi. He is scheduled to perform again at the 2023 edition of the festival.

Since 1988, he has been the principal flute of his chosen ensemble, Les Arts Florissants, under the direction of William Christie. Numerous recordings (around fifty) and concerts worldwide attest to his work with this prestigious orchestra.

He collaborates with La Cappella Mediterranea, directed by the young Swiss-Argentine conductor Leonardo García Alarcón.

He currently records for the AgoGique, Naïve, and Harmonia Mundi labels with the ensemble "La Rêveuse," directed by Florence Bolton and Benjamin Perrot.

Among his many concert engagements, he will perform as a soloist at the Pierre Boulez Hall of the Philharmonie de Paris in April 2024, as well as at numerous festivals dedicated to early music.

Serge Saitta communicates and teaches fluently in four languages (English, Dutch, Italian, and German).

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