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Denis Bouriakov

flute, Virginia and Henry Mancini Chair

About this Artist

Denis Bouriakov has been Principal Flute of the Los Angeles Philharmonic since 2015. Before joining the LA Phil, he was Principal Flute of the Metropolitan Opera from 2009. Denis has in recent years established himself as one of the most active and sought-after flute soloists in the world. He has won prizes in many of the most important international competitions, including the Munich ARD, Jean-Pierre Rampal, the Prague Spring, the Carl Nielsen, and the Kobe competitions, to name a few.

Bouriakov looks outside the standard flute repertoire for works that allow the instrument to shine. In addition to having a phenomenal virtuoso technique and musicianship, he is continually transcribing and performing violin concertos and sonatas, including those of Bach, Mendelssohn, and Sibelius.

Denis has performed as a soloist with many orchestras worldwide, including the Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Moscow Philharmonic, Prague Chamber Orchestra, Ensemble of Tokyo, Hiroshima Philharmonic, Odense Symphony, Munich Chamber Orchestra, Ensemble de Paris, and Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra, among others. He makes annual solo recital tours in Japan and gives frequent recital and concerto performances all over the world.

Bouriakov was born in the Crimea in 1981. When he turned 18, he went on to attend the Royal Academy of Music in London (RAM), studying with William Bennett, OBE.

Denis plays on an Altus PS model flute and a Miguel S. Arista headjoint.