He studied at the Conservatoire de Paris in the oboe class of Étienne Baudo and chamber music of Fernand Oubradous. He won a First Prize for oboe in 1958 and a First Prize for chamber music in 1959. He then won first prizes in the following international competitions: Geneva (1963), Birmingham (1965), Munich (1967), Prague Spring International Music Festival (1968), Budapest (1970).
Maurice Bourgue was called in 1967 by Charles Munch at the Orchestre de Paris, where he remained solo oboe until 1979.
In parallel, he performed as a soloist, under the direction of prestigious conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Daniel Barenboim, Riccardo Chailly, John Eliot Gardiner, and undertook conducting activities in France and abroad.
Since 1972, he has devoted an important part of his activities to chamber music within the Octuor à vent, which bears his name and of which he is the founder, composed of musicians of the Orchestre de Paris. He would record several records with this band.
As music director of the Sándor-Végh-Institute for Chamber Music, he has a continuous pedagogical activity, both in the conservatories of Paris and Geneva, as well as during masterclasss he animates in Budapest, London, Lausanne, Moscow, Oslo, Jerusalem, and Kyoto.
The creator of works by Berio and Dutilleux (Les Citations, 1991), Maurice Bourgue has made a large number of records for EMI, DECCA, DGG, Nimbus, Verany, Calliope, NipponColumbia and Philips, many of which have won awards, like the prestigious “Grand Prix de l’Académie Charles Cros”
Maurice Bourgue, Ivan Podyomov, Stefan Schilli e Luca Vignali will hold one meeting each, with a 60 minutes lesson for each student.
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