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François Minaux


January 21, 2015New Album VideoHere is an excerpt of a new sonata for flute and piano by Dan Carr. I will be recording an album of all his flute music this month on MSR Classics Label.
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August 22, 2014Laredo Philharmonic Soloist RosterFrançois Minaux - Flute
We are delighted to welcome François Minaux to the stage for the first time as a soloist with the Laredo Phil. This is not his first time playing with the orchestra however. He filled in at the last minute for our ill principle flute - Melissa Hinojosa - and impressed the maestro so much we have been waiting for the chance to bring him back!

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August 21, 2014New transcription for fluteComposer Mark Dal Porto is currently finishing writting a new piece for oboe and piano dedicated to his wife oboist Tracy Carr. As I fell in love listening to ''Romance'' I asked Mark to write a transcription for flute. The transcription is under way and should be finished in a few days. I am planning to record and perform this new addition to the flute repertoire in Spring 2015.
August 20, 2014FIRST ALBUMComposer Daniel Carr suggested that we record and make an album of all his flute music. Dan has written about 50 minutes of music for flute. We are planning on doing a first recording session in Seatlle, WA this winter. We are currently approaching disk labels to produce the album.
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November 1, 2012Convention Francaise de la FluteNovember 1-4 2012
October 11, 2012Beijing International Flute CompetitionOctober 11-24 2012
Beijing, CHINA
August 9, 2012National Flute ConventionAugust 9-12 2012
Las Vegas, NV
June 16, 2012COLORADO SUZUKI INSTITUTEJune 16-24 2012
Beaver Creek, CO
June 9, 2012SUMMER SERENADEVictoria Bach Festival
Saturday June 9, 7:30pm
Victoria, TX
May 17, 2012The Texas Flute Society 35th Annual Flute FestivalMYRNA BROWN ARTIST COMPETITION
May 17-19, 2012
Texas Woman's University
Denton, TX
May 4, 2012PERSPECTIVE:XENAKIS FESTIVALFriday, May 4, 2012 6:30 - 11PM
Saturday, May 5, 2012 12:00 - 11PM
Austin, TX
May 1, 2012Ears, Eyes, + FeetIn partnership with UT Theatre & Dance
Friday, May 4, 2012 8:00PM
Saturday, May 5, 2012 8:00PM
B. Iden Payne Theatre
Winship Drama Building
University of Texas at Austin
300 East 23rd Street
Austin, Texas 78712
April 30, 2012Steven Snowden's FOR SO LONG IT'S NOT TRUEUT New Music Ensemble
March 15th 7:30pm
April 27, 2012University of Texas New Music EnsembleFriday, April 27, 2012
7:30 PM
Bates Recital Hall
UT-Austin School of Music
2406 Robert Dedman Drive
Austin, TX 78712
April 21, 2012Percussion Galore! Round Top Music FestivalSaturday, April 21, 2012
1:30 - 10PM
Round Top, TX
April 20, 2012FAST>>FORWARD>>AUSTINSunday, April 15, 2012 2:00 - 10:00PM
ND 501 : 501 North I-35, Austin, TX
Owen Weaver, percussion
Vicky Chow, piano
works by Christopher Cerrone,David Biedenbender, Shawn Allison
April 14, 2012Gamma UT Conference, University of Texas at AustinSaturday, April 14, 2012 8:00 PM
Assembly Lines by Ian Dicke
2406 Robert Dedman Drive, Austin, TX 78705
April 1, 2012Dicke/Snowden Composition Recital @ Salvage Vanguard TheaterSunday, April 1, 2012 8:00 PM
2803 Manor Rd., Austin, TX
March 23, 2012AUSTIN BALLETLight / The Holocaust & Humanity Project
March 23-25, 2012
Music by Steve Reich, Evelyn Glennie, Michael Gordon, Arvo Part, Philip Glass
March 6, 2012SO PERCUSSION will give two concerts featuring the music of John CageTuesday, March 6th, 2012 8:00 PM
Wednesday, March 7th, 2012 8:00 PM
UT Austin
March 4, 2012Dr. Francesca Arnone WorkshopDr. Francesca Arnone will present a Workshop on
Efficient Practicing Strategies for Lifelong Success
Sunday, March 4th, 2012 5:00-6:00 PM
St. Edward's University
March 1, 2012Portales, New MexicoI will be performing my transcription of Schumann Fantasies Opus 73 at ENMU on March 1st & 2nd, 2012 in Portales, New Mexico.
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February 3, 2012Joanna Martin and I will be playing Duet for two flutes by John Cage (1935)Tomorrow, 2/4/12 at The BlantonԳ SoundSpace: Musicircus
February 1, 2012The Austin Flute Club Workshop SeriesBryan Kennard: Improvisation in Daily Practice
Sunday, February 5th, 2012
7:00-8:00 PM


Wed Feb 04, 2015Awesome time at Martin's studio in Seattle. Can't wait to do it again!
Wed Feb 04, 2015Thanks guys for an incredibly exciting recording session! It was intense! I am now working on editing the... http://t.co/2cbQaS1h0V
Wed Jan 21, 2015Thanks Sarah for rehearsing Dan's pieces with me! I will send you a master of the CD as soon as I am done... http://t.co/0iq1Aoknl3
Mon Jan 19, 2015http://t.co/GZIYgog9c3
Mon Jan 19, 2015A great project undertaken by my colleague and former Suzuki teacher trainer Kelly Williamson which I believe... http://t.co/BBDtC936v7
Mon Nov 24, 2014Just had another great consultation/demonstration with Travis Weller of New Music Co-op over multi-phonics for... http://t.co/hPhpImxkPs
Fri Nov 21, 2014Today after playing Bach, Debussy and Telemann, I was able to cool down my lips and tongue with some Top 5 Gelato... http://t.co/XSki3u6TZY
Tue Nov 11, 2014Here is an excellent tool if you are a composer or flutist working on extended technique or need an alternate... http://t.co/MUXyofpBgp
Sat Nov 08, 2014We will be performing this site specific piece in the woods of Laguna Gloria Sculpture Museum tomorrow Sunday,... http://t.co/FzbiiOakxz
Fri Nov 07, 2014Lux Musicae next concert is tonight at the Palmetto Center for the Arts at Northwest Vista College at 7:30PM.... http://t.co/R1iKXKLuUL
Wed Oct 29, 2014Performing Stravinsky Octet (great flute part by the way), Vosbein and others. There will be a cool version of... http://t.co/5eqJf5T2pV
Sat Oct 25, 2014I meant Susan Dadian.
Sat Oct 25, 2014Also regarding relocating on the East Coast, I am planning on attending Chamber Music America National Conference... http://t.co/TZAV1sQ9xg
Sat Oct 25, 2014I had a very interesting meeting at my studio with Travis Weller, New Music Co-op, Exec. Director and composer.... http://t.co/oM6XnsidYL
Mon Oct 06, 2014I am currently looking for a pianist and a cellist East coast based to form a chamber music group dedicated to... http://t.co/NEoO3uyxL4
Mon Sep 22, 2014I am excited to share with you that I am currently the new fall 2014 Fellow (Development & Special Events) at the... http://t.co/trktiLUZF7
Born in Paris, France in 1982, Dr. Minaux started learning the flute at age nine. He received degrees in both flute performance and chamber music from the Municipal Conservatory of Paris where he studied with Frédérick Chatou, Jean-Pierre Sabouret and Gérard Verba. Dr. Minaux later received a Master of Music degree in Flute Performance from Yale University as a student of Ransom Wilson, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Flute Performance from the University of Texas at Austin where he studied with Marianne Gedigian.

Dr. Minaux has toured as a soloist in Europe and in the United States including appearances with the Dallas Wind Symphony, the University of Texas Wind Ensemble and Ensemble Instrumental Vibrations. He also participated in the Jean-Pierre Rampal International Flute Competition in Paris, France in 2005. He recently performed André Jolivet's Concerto No.2 for flute and percussion in collaboration with percussion ensemble Line upon Line at the Round Top Music Festival Percussion Galore! in Round Top, TX.

Dr. Minaux has studied with notable composers such as Martin Bresnik, John Adams and Aaron Kernis on the performances of their works. He regularly performed for the New Music New Haven concert series at Yale School of Music, the University of Texas at Austin New Music Ensemble and was multiple time guest artists for the concert series Clutch at the University of Texas at Austin. He has been the dedicatee of a number of pieces including "Mes vers avec de l'air..." for solo flute by Yoshiaki Onishi. He also premiered pieces by Dan Welcher, Bruce Pennycook, Zach Stanton, Hermes Camacho, Dan Carr and Frederick F. Greene among others. Dr. Minaux has been involved in collaborative arts performances with choreographers Pedro Rosa and Michelle Ulerich, composers Diana Mino and Christopher Schmitz, as well as artist Ryan Cronk.

As the Artistic Advisor of Parmenon Flutes Company based in Orléans, France, Dr. Minaux has been representing French flute making in the United States. He actively supports the development of the modern Boehm flute system and has lectured on flute making at major institutions such as Yale University and the North Carolina School for the Arts, Winston-Salem, NC.

In addition to performing and lecturing, Dr. Minaux leads a private flute studio in Austin, TX and serves as the Masterclass and Workshop Series Chairman for the Austin Flute Society. He is also pursuing Suzuki Training every summer at the Colorado Suzuki Institute and became a Suzuki teacher.

Future performances include an invitation to perform Steve Reich's Vermont Counterpoint at the New Music New Haven concert series in Morse Recital Hall, Yale School of Music, New Haven, CT on March 29, 2012 and a 3-day residency as a guest artist at Eastern New Mexico University in conjunction with the College Music Society 27th Rocky Mountain Regional Conference on March 1γ, 2012 in Portales, New Mexico.

Flute Lessons

The François Minaux Flute Studio offers classical flute performance instruction either as private lessons, group lessons or chamber music coachings. Flute repair lessons are also available.

The goals of each flute lesson are set on improving fundamentals (technique of the instrument, breathing and tone), developing the student’s interpretation, and performing different musical styles based on the student’s choice of solo repertoire.

Lessons are to be scheduled once a week as students need the support, feedback and positive reinforcement of their teacher in a regular basis. The teacher determines the length of the lesson depending on the age group of the students, their ability to focus, their physical strength and experience.

Sound and video recordings are used as pedagogical tools to provide the students with the ability to analyze, criticize and compare their performances. Full time enrolled students are provided with an account with limited digital space on the FM StudioԳ server. During the semester, students are asked to download or upload materials necessary for their lessons.

Instrument rentals are optional and need to be set up 3 weeks prior to the first lesson of the semester. Students have their instrument periodically checked at the FM Studio Repair Shop and learn to maintain it. Other flute repair services are available.

Teaching Philosophy

Why do I teach music ? Joy. To witness and share the joy of music making with my students, my family and my friends is the main reason I teach music. If you give yourself entirely through music, you will be able to receive just as much from others. If you teach the love of music, people will love you for that in return.

Music making facilitates human relationships. Music is the medium in which love can travels from and to a person. Music makes us feel more alive because it involves as much our spirituality than our physicality. We feel that time and maters altogether vanish. We become music and only remains infinity and love between you, me and the rest of the world.

From my experience, I believe that music can make a better world, better individuals and a better community. The skills one can benefit from a musical education are numerous. Music can help you focus better, develop a multi-tasking brain, reinforce memory, sharpen hearing and listening, develop self-control, increase confidence, improve fine motor-skills, and improve your health.

Daily stretching, breathing and tone exercises not only make your air column stronger but also help you develop self-control, reduce anxiety, slow down your heart rate, brings more oxygen to your brain and muscles, clarifies your thoughts and energizes your whole body. Finger and articulation exercises not only improve virtuosity but also improve fine motor skills. Practicing memory not only ease your understanding of harmony but also strengthen your ability to recover memories in every day basic activities as well. When practicing is done well, there are no doubts that it helps building peopleԳ character and skills in general.

I help my students developing their own practicing routine which reinforce self motivation and management skills. Once a daily practicing ritual is established by the student, he or she really starts to become an independent learner. If a student is able to improve by designing their own practicing routine, it shows that she or he understand the mechanism of learning and how to perform beautifully on their instrument. I consider most of my job done, as a teacher, once my students acquire learning autonomy.

Competition, individualism, the quest for beauty and perfection are all contexts and goals than can bring unwanted and sometimes destructive behaviors in the artistic world.

I help my students realizing that they are unique because of the choices they can take. Every time they perform, they know how to choose to play a particular piece in different ways. As soon as they learn how to play a piece in infinitely good ways, they become aware that they are unique performers. Not two persons can play alike any given piece with this particular sound. Not even one person can play it the same twice. It is impossible in this world.

This awareness frees yourself from envy, jealousy and fanaticism. It reduces anxiety on stage. It makes you shine. Being the best, in the art world in order to be successful is merely enough, you also have to make yourself unique. It is my endeavor, as a teacher to guide musicians to become unique and outstanding performers because we all have the capacities to move people by our performance.

Yes, but why do I teach music? Because music has the power to make us happy. But why not just perform music then? Why teaching it? Because teaching music is about communicating joy. Once we have learned to liberate ourselves through music, once joy travels from person to person, what is left is love.

-François Minaux

The Studio

Lessons are held in a second floor 468 sq.ft. acoustically designed music studio overlooking Lake Park at Mueller in East-Central Austin, TX. Hard wood floor, curtains and glass wool panels control the acoustic to provide a dynamic practice, performing and study space.

- Professional Sound Studio: Schoeps Microphones, Babyface USB High Speed Audio Interface, Mac OS X, Samplitude Pro X audio editing, Peachtree Audio Nova amplifier, D 36 Klinger Favre Audio Studio Speakers
- Music library: repertoire for solo flute, orchestral parts, manuscripts, methods, etudes, flute literature, CDs, DVDs, full scores
- HD Video Camcorder by Canon
- Yamaha Arius Electric Keyboard
- Repair Bench: 1/4 horse power motor for light and heavy mechanical repair, pads, materials, parts

Past Performances

Saturday, March 28, 2015
Laredo Phil Concert
Recital Hall, Texas A&M International University
Lowell Liebermann Flute Concerto
Thursday, December 18, 2014
Round Rock ISD Performing Arts Center
Austin, TX, 78729
Join us for our favorite holiday tradition! The Round Rock Symphony in collaboration with Round Rock Community Choir and Round Rock Youth Choir perform all the festive seasonal favorites for a magical evening of music and cheer.
Friday, December 12, 2014
Contagious Harmony
Chez Zee
Austin, TX
Jazz arrangments for flute and piano
Friday, November 21, 2014
Lunch Time Concert
Tèo Espresso, Gelato & Bella Vita
Austin, TX 78705
Open to the public
Bach, Telemann, Debussy
Sunday, November 9, 2014
Contemporary Austin Performance
The Contemporary Austin – Laguna Gloria
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Friday, November 7, 2014
North By Northwest Fall Music Fest
Palmetto Center for the Arts
San Antonio, TX
Vosbein- Stravinsky - Revueltas - Part
Lux Musicae plays 8
Sunday, August 17, 2014
Texas Choral Consort Concert
Northwest Hills United Methodist Church
Haydn's The Creation With A World-Premiere By Dan Welcher
Saturday, August 16, 2014
Texas Choral Consort Concert
Northwest Hills United Methodist Church
Haydn's The Creation With A World-Premiere By Dan Welcher
Sunday, November 3, 2013
Solo Recital
Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum
Austin, TX 78704
Bach - Debussy - Ferroud - Ibert - Koechlin - Poulenc
Sunday, August 18, 2013
Round Rock Symphony
Brahms Requiem
June 27 - July 7, 2013
Grumo, Italy
Sunday, May 26, 2013
New Music Coop
Austin, TX
Feldman Trio
Saturday, May 4, 2013
Lux Musicae
The Rite of Spring
Sunday, April 6, 2013
Fast Forward Austin Music Festival
Austin Scottish Rite Theater
Fusion I. Improvisation for flute and painter
Saturday, February 23, 2013
Master Series 4
Victoria Symphony Center
Victoria, TX
Victoria Symphony Orchestra
Sunday, December 9, 2012
line upon line percussion concert series
Church of the Friendly Ghost
Austin, TX
José-Luis Hurtado, Terréne for flute and percussion trio
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Round Rock Symphony Concert
Georgetown ISD Klett Performing Arts Center
Georgetown, TX
Mozart - Beethoven - Elgar
October 11-24, 2012
Beijing International Music Competition
Beijing, CHINA
Marin-Marais, Karg-Elert, Beethoven, Berio, Schumann
Friday, October 19, 2012
Boring 3000
Visual Space, 798 Art Zone
Beijing, China
Variations on Marin-Marais' Folia
Saturday, September 8, 2012
John Cage Concert
Mexican-American Cultural Center
Austin, TX
Friday, August 31, 2012
University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
Belton, TX
John Cage: Two for flute and Piano
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Texas Women's Unversity
Denton, TX
Friday, April 13, 2012
Solo Recital
Southwestern College
Winfield, KS
New Music by Chris A. Schmitz, Ian Dicke and Berio
Thursday, March 29, 2012
YSM flute studio alumni concert
Sprague Hall, Yale School of Music
New Haven, CT
Ransom Wilson - conductor
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March 1-3, 2012
Flute Festival
Eastern New Mexico University
Portales, NM
In conjunction with the College Music Society 27th Rocky Mountain Regional Conference
Saturday, February 4, 2012
The Blanton's SoundSpace
Blanton Museum of Art - University of Texas
Austin, TX
Musicircus by John Cage
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Sunday, January 22, 2012
Austin Flute Club Members Recital
Blackerby Violin Shop Recital Hall
Austin, TX
Minaux-Wright Duo
Sunday, December 4, 2011
French Food & Flute Ensemble
The Austin Flute Club
Austin, TX
AFC Creative Community Meeting - Masterclass and Workshop Series
Sunday, November 6, 2011
Workshop 'Expressive Articulation'
Austin, TX
AFC Workshop Series
Sunday, October 30, 2011
The University of Texas Blanton Museum of Art
Michelle Thompson, choreographer
Saturday, October 29, 2011
Concordia University
Austin, TX
Yale School of Musichttp://music.yale.edu/
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François Minaux, DMA

Performer, Instructor of Flute
Suzuki Teacher

Chair, Masterclass and Workshop Series
The Austin Flute Society

Artistic Advisor, Flûtes Parmenonn


Johann Sebastian Bach
Sonata in E major for Flute and Continuo
I. Adagio ma non tanto
François Minaux - flute
Wing-Chong Kam - piano
Live recording
Morse Recital Hall, Yale School of Music
Johann Sebastian Bach
Sonata in E major for Flute and Continuo
II. Allegro
François Minaux - flute
Wing-Chong Kam - piano
Live recording
Morse Recital Hall, Yale School of Music
Daniel Carr
'Foliage' for Flute & Piano, Op. 8
François Minaux - flute
Christina Wright - piano
Live recording
Bates Recital Hall, University of Texas at Austin
César Franck
Sonata in A Major for Flute & Piano
III. Recitativo, Fantasia
François Minaux - flute
Christina Wright - piano
Bates Recital Hall, University of Texas at Austin
César Franck
Sonata in A Major for Flute & Piano
IV. Allegretto poco mosso
François Minaux - flute
Christina Wright - piano
Bates Recital Hall, University of Texas at Austin
Jonathan Harvey
'The Riot'
for Flute doubling Piccolo, Bass Clarinet, & Piano
François Minaux - flute, piccolo
Sarunas Jankauskas - bass clarinet
Colette Valentine - piano
Live recording
Bates Recital Hall, University of Texas at Austin
Marin Marais
Le Basque
Dallas Wind Symphony
François Minaux - flute
Live recording
Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas, TX

André Jolivet - Suite en Concert pour flûte et percussion 1st movement from Andres Jolivet's Suite en Concert pour flute et percussion.
Recorded live, Dec 3rd, 2009 at the University of Texas at Austin
François Minaux, flute
Adam Bedell,
Chad Crummel,
Chris Lizak,
Owen Weaver, percussion
Franz Schubert - Sonata in A Minor 'Arpeggione' for Flute & Piano: ii. AdagioChristina Wright, piano
Sat, 26 Oct 2013 23:39:06François Minaux: Musical Tour at the Umlauf Sculpture Garden – Austin, TXread more...
Thu, 17 Oct 2013 21:17:34An Interview with François Minaux: Teaching the Flute – March 1, 2012read more...
Thu, 20 Dec 2012 22:02:56Collaborating with François Minaux: line upon line percussion interview, Austin, TX (dec. 2012)read more...
Thu, 20 Dec 2012 21:18:04François Minaux and line upon line percussion: OFFCENTER Concertread more...
Thu, 20 Dec 2012 21:04:56OffCenter Concert – December 9th 2012: Excerpt of live videoread more...
Wed, 21 Dec 2011 18:37:32SoundSpace Concert Series at Blanton Museum of Art – University of Texas at Austin | Fall edition – October 30, 2011read more...