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With John Steele Ritter, accompanist-collaborator-friend, after their 1996 recital at the Philharmonic Society of Orange County (CA). Older and a bit frail, yet brimming as ever with the stuff that made him legend - great technique and artistry, passion, and joie de vivre; and behind the scenes - the gentle kindness, humility and simplicity of a truly GREAT MAN.
 Jean-Pierre Rampal's
tours took him throughout the world. He played recital series annually in North America, appearing as both soloist and conductor with several leading orchestras (New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Indianapolis, Houston, Minnesota, San Francisco, San Diego and Cincinnati) and performing at all the principal venues (New York's Avery Fisher Hall and Carnegie Hall, Orchestra Hall of Chicago, Celebrity Series of Boston Symphony Hall, Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.). He also appeared with every major orchestra in Canada, Europe and South America and presented recitals in every major European and Asian city.

In more recent summers, Jean-Pierre Rampal regularly visited with New York's Mostly Mozart Festival at the Lincoln Center, the Hollywood Bowl and the Ravinia, Tanglewood, Saratoga and Meadowbrook Music Festivals. Notable events that took place at the Lincoln Center were: the U.S. premiere of Krzysztof Penderecki's Flute Concerto with the Orchestra of St. Luke's conducted by Roger Norrington, and his gala birthday celebration with two of his closest musical collaborators/friends, Isaac Stern and Mstislav Rostropovich.

Throughout his career of over 50 years, Jean-Pierre Rampal's enthusiasm and warmth and the luminosity of his music earned him a large following and the friendship of many musicians. Among his more famous friends were Yehudi Menuhin, Isaac Stern, Mstislav Rostropovitch, Maurice André, Alexandre Lagoya and Ravi Shankar. His music and authority inspired countless young musicians to take up the flute. Students from all over the world came to work with him at the Conservatoire de Paris and the Académie Internationale de Nice between 1969 and 1980. Though well known as a champion of the Baroque, he performed pieces ranging from the seventeenth century to modern times, with excursions into jazz, English folk songs, Japanese classics and Indian. Contemporary composers such as Jean Françaix, André Jolivet, Jean Martinon, Francis Poulenc and Pierre Boulez have dedicated works to him.

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