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Gareth "Gary" Bernard Arbuthnot (born 6 September 1972 in Northern Ireland) is a flautist who studied with Colin Fleming and then at the Royal Academy of Music in London with Sebastian Bell and Michael Cox, at McGill University in Montreal with Timothy Hutchins, and later with Sir James Galway and Emmanuel Pahud.
During 1998 he was a Prizewinner at both the Markneukirchen and Carl Nielsen International Flute Competitions, and was awarded the Meaker Fellowship at the Royal Academy of Music. Other prizes include the Albert Cooper Flute Competition, an English-Speaking Union Scholarship, the BBC Radio Three Young Artists Forum and awards from the Hattori Foundation, Countess of Munster Musical Trust, Abbado European Young Musicians Trust and Foundation for Sport and the Arts. He was a wind finalist in the RTÉ Young Musician of the Future and a semi-finalist at the Concert Artists Guild Competition in New York.
Gary Arbuthnot gives regular recitals for Fred Olsen and Cunard Cruise Lines and he has also performed as a soloist at venues including the South Bank Centre in London, the Waterfront Hall in Belfast, Pollack Hall in Montreal and the National Concert Hall in Dublin. He has also appeared at the Stratford International Flute Festival, Banff Festival for the Arts, Chichester Festivities, the Northlands Festival and as a member of the LYS Ensemble was nominated for the prestigious Hamada award at the 1997 Edinburgh International Festival.
He works with guitarist Mark Ashford (Winner BBC Radio 2 Young Musician of the Year) as part of Yehudi Menuhin's Live Music Now! Scheme bringing classical music to those audiences who would not normally get to concerts. These include prisons, hospitals, day centres, and hospices all around the UK. Recent broadcasts have included performances for BBC Radio 3, Classic FM and BBC, ITV, Canadian and Sky Television.