During a performance of Mozart’s concerto K314, Leonard Bernstein noticed him and exclaimed when he heard him play the adagio: “It’s Pan himself!
Following this artistic encounter, Leonard Bernstein composed a cadenza for Jean Ferrandis.
After winning a prize in Maxence Larrieu’s class at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Lyon in 1985, Jean Ferrandis went on to become a prizewinner in the international competitions “Maria Canals” in Barcelona and “Young Concert Artists” in New York. In 1986 he was awarded the Grand Prix of the “Printemps de Pragues” International Flute Competition. In 1998 he was elected “Artist in Residence” at the New York Lotos.
This was followed by numerous concerts throughout Europe, Asia and North America, where Jean Ferrandis played in recital, chamber music or as a soloist with orchestra in the most prestigious venues such as the Salle Pleyel and the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, the Vigado in Budapest, Alice Tully Hall in New York, the Taipei Arts Center, the Palais de la Musique in Barcelona, Hamarikiu Hall in Tokyo, Wigmore Hall in London, the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, La Fenice in Venice, Carnegie Hall under the direction of Leonard Bernstein, Tibor Varga, Laurent Petitgirard and Yoram David. He has also been invited to participate in numerous festivals, including “Lanaudière” in Canada, “Sion”, the “Printemps de Budapest”, the “Midem” in Cannes and the “Berlioz” Festival. Jean Ferrandis performs chamber music with exceptional artists such as Jean- Philippe Collard, Henri Demarquette, Ivry Gitlis, Jean-Marc Luisada, Emile Naoumoff, Marielle Nordmann, Gérard Poulet, Caroline Sageman, Dominique de Williencourt.
He also conducts ensembles such as the St. Petersburg Camerata and the St. Christopher Chamber Orchestra in Vilnius. His recordings include works by Honneger and D’Indy, as well as the complete Mozart Concertos with Marie-Pierre Langlamet (Solo Harp of the Berliner Philharmonik). He has made a CD of Schubert’s “Sonatines” and “Arpeggione” with the pianist Emile Naoumoff and the complete C.Ph.E. Bach concerti with the Vilnius St. Christopher Chamber Orchestra. With the same orchestra, the complete works for flute by Yuko Uebayashi.
“Debussy live in Theatre des Champs Elysées”, Bach’s trio sonatas with Lela Katsarava, and the intergrale of Mozart’s quartets with the Goldberg trio.
A great supporter of contemporary composers, Jean has given many world premieres of works such as Alexandre Desplat’s “Pélléas et Mélisande”, for which he has been commissioned by Benoît Menut, Yuko Uebayashi, Rudolf Hakan, Gilles Silvestrini, Dominique de Williencourt and others.
In addition to his concert activity, Jean Ferrandis is a professor at the École Normale Supérieure de Paris and at the Californian State University, Fullerton, USA. He regularly gives Master Classes in Europe, Japan, Korea and the United States, where he teaches at universities such as the Juilliard School, Rice University, Texas, and Bloomington, Indiana. Tchaikovsky conservatory, Royal Academy in London.
Jean Ferrandis will be successively invited to the New York, Tokyo and Adelaide (Australia) flute conventions.
In 2018, Jean Ferrandis received the Annasilaos award in science and art for his contribution to music.