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Isabelle Chapuis, flute soloist



San Jose Mercury News, February 9, 2015;

Review by music critic Richard Scheinin of Opera San Jose's world premiere production of Marc Weiser's opera Where Angels Fear to Tread:

"There are numerous heroes in the pit, too, including flutist Isabelle Chapuis and oboist Patricia Emerson Mitchell, who beautifully executed the solos composed by Weiser for those instruments."


www.repeatperformances.org, February 7, 2015

Review by music critic Adam Broner of Opera San Jose's world premiere production of Marc Weiser's opera Where Angels Fear to Tread:

 "Flutist Isabelle Chapuis was persuasive in her many solos."

On January 27, 2015 (the 224th anniversary of Mozart's birthday,) Bogner's Cafe released a CD recording of flutists Robert Stallman and Isabelle Chapuis performing a sinfonia concertante arrrangement for two flutes and orchestra of Mozart's Sonata in D Major for Two Piano, transcribed by Robert Stallman and orchestrated by the late British Composer Stephen Dodgson.  The Czech Chamber Orchestra in Prague is conducted by Ondrei Kukal in Prague--where Robert and Isabelle performed the work at the Prague Beethoven Festival.  Since its release, this CD (which is entitled Cosi fan Flauti) has been named "CD of the Week" by classical music radio stations WQXR in New York, WFMT in Chicago, WGBH in Boston, and KDFC in San Francisco, and many others. The CD is now available for purchase on Amazon at:



On May 5, 2014, US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced on ed.gov that 18 year-old Pleasanton High School student Annie Wu had been named a Presidential Scholar in the Arts, one of three designated for California.  Annie has studied flute with Isabelle for six years.  The Department of Education website also cited Isabelle as Annie's "most influential teacher."  Isabelle received the following letter from the U. S. Secretary of Education:



Isabelle and her flute student Presidential Scholar in the Arts Annie Wu:



From August 11-16, 2014, Isabelle served as Guest Artist at the San Diego Coastal Flutes Festival.  She gave a master class and a flute/piano recital at the Advanced Summer Program. 


Isabelle is Co-Musical Director of the Festival of French Classical Music presented each year by the Alliance Francaise of Silicon Valley, together with her husband Mark Starr.

On June 21, 2014, Isabelle performed André Jolivet's Suite en Concert for flute solo and percussion ensemble, with Mark Starr conducting the Festival Percussion Ensemble.  The festival venue was Tateuchi Recital Hall, Community School of Music, Mountain View.  The 2015 edition of the festival will take place in June.  Go to http://www.frenchmusicfestival.org/ for further information.


For appearances as soloist in concertos with orchestra,

contact info: isabelle NOSPACE chapuis@sbcglobal DOT net


On October 28, 2012, Isabelle Chapuis appeared as flute soloist with San Jose Chamber Orchestra, Barbara Day Turner, Music Director

Principal Flute, Orchestra of Opera San José;  (Irene Dalis, General DirectorDavid Rohrbough, Music Director); San José, California (since 1985)

Senior Lecturer in Flute  (1975-2008, now retired); San Jose State University; School of Music; San José, CA

Premier Prix de flûte, 1970Conservatoire national supérieur de musique; Paris, France (flute class of Jean-Pierre Rampal)

Premier Prix de musique de chambre, 1971; Conservatoire national supérieur de musique; Paris, France (chamber music class of Pierre Pierlot, oboe; Jacques Lancelot, clarinet; and Christian Lardé, flute)

Premier Prix de flûte, 1968; Conservatoire national de musique; Versailles, France;  (flute classe of Roger Bourdin)

formerly Principal Flute and Flute Soloist; San Francisco Chamber Orchestra (Edgar Braun, Music Director)

Principal Flute & Flute Soloist, San Jose Chamber Orchestra (Barbara Day Turner, Music Director)

Principal Flute; Orchestre du Conservatoire national supérieure de Paris 1968-1970 (Manuel Rosenthal, Music Director)

Isabelle Chapuis Flute Master Class Series  (2006 to present); Los Altos, CA

Artist, Sankyo Flutes

Sankyo Flutes Consultant, West Valley Music; Mountain View, Ca

Editor/Flute Music; Noteworthy Musical Editions


logo design by Jessica Starr



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Isabelle's website: http://zasu.us/isabellechapuis/

Biography of Isabelle Chapuis, flutist

Excerpts of newspaper reviews of Isabelle Chapuis' concert performances

Streaming audio of concert performances by Isabelle Chapuis

Interview and Feature Article on Isabelle Chapuis on www.flutebayarea.com

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Recent performances by Isabelle Chapuis


On December 7, 2013, Isabelle performed Mozart's Concerto in C Major for Flute and Harp, together with Bay Area harpist Dan Levitan, accompanied by the Palo Alto Philharmonic.  Music Director Thomas Shoebotham conducted.


Chamber Music Concert at Silicon Valley Music Festival on June 26, 2012

Isabelle -- together with Agnes Kallay, cellist and Elaine Hou, pianist -- performed

Philippe Gaubert's Trois Aquarelles for Flute, Cello, and Piano



Master Class on March 14, 2012 at 7 p.m.-10 p.m.

Master Class for flutists in the San Jose Youth Symphony and also general public; at Valley Christian High School Arts Conservatory Building; 100 Skyway Drive; San Jose, CA.  This master class was led by Robert Stallman, with the participation of Isabelle Chapuis.  Sharon Brook, staff pianist for the Department of Music at San Jose State University accompanied both the students and the the teachers in performances of a wide variety of works for flute and piano. 


Concerto Performance with San Jose Youth Symphony Orchestra

On March 18, Robert Stallman and Isabelle Chapuis performed the Concerto for Two Flutes and Orchestra, composed by the brother flutists Franz and Anton Doppler.  Stallman and Chapuis performed this concerto together with the San Jose Youth Symphony under the direction of the orchestra's music director, Yair Samet. 


 Bach Birthday Concert in Berkeley on March 24, 2012 at 8:00 p.m.

A concert  in Berkeley, at Trinity Church, 2362 Bancroft Way, to celebrate the birthday of Johannes Sebastian Bach.  Robert Stallman and Isabelle Chapuis, flutists, were joined by harpsichordist Veronika Agranov-Dafoe and cellist Lucinda Breed-Lenicheck.  A glorious program of chamber music by Johann Sebastian Bach and his sons marked the birthday of the man who left us an unsurpassed treasure trove of great music.


Bach Birthday Concert in Palo Alto on March 30, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.

Repeat performance in Palo Alto of March 24 concert in Piedmont. 


Principal Flute, Orchestra of Opera San José

California Theater; San José, CA

2014-2015 Season

Operas Performed

L'Italiana in Algeri


Where Angels Fear to Tread

Die Zauberflöte


2013-2014 Season

Operas Performed

Verdi: Falstaff

Humperdinck: Haensel and Gretl

Puccini: Madama Butterfly

Mozart: Don Giovanni