Louis Moyse (August 14, 1912 – July 30, 2007) was a famous French flute player and composer. He was the son of influential French flutist Marcel Moyse, a co-founder of the Vermont Marlboro Music Festival, and taught many world-class flutists all over the world. He died of heart failure at age 94.
Louis Moyse was born in Scheveningen, Netherlands during one of his father's tours. His first flute teachers were his father and Philippe Gaubert. Louis Moyse was a member of the successful Moyse Trio where his father played flute, Louis played piano and his former wife, Blanche Honegger Moyse, violin.
Louis Moyse also taught for 27 years at Marlboro College, and was professor at Boston University and the University of Toronto. He continued giving private lessons in Westport, New York while touring with his wife Janet White Moyse, of 33 years, around the world and the United States. They later moved to Montpelier, Vermont, for the last nine years of his life. He also gave semiannual master classes and concerts in his hometown, St.-Amour, France, until 2004.
He is considered by some to be one of the most prolific producers of flute music worldwide, which has been published by G. Schirmer, Southern Music, Theodore Presser, McGinnis & Marx, E. Henry David Music Publishers, Leduc (France) and Zen-On (Japan). Works for Flute and Piano by Louis Moyse (CRI 888), performed by flutist Karen Kevra and pianist Paul Orgel, received a Grammy nomination in 2003.
Among his own compositions are:
Collections of flute music:
He has also edited flute music by others, such as Mozart's Flute Quartet K. 285.
- Karen Kevra (Grammy nominated flutist, USA, www.karenkevra.com)
- Patricia Creighton (Principal Flute, Symphony Nova Scotia)
- Penelope Clarke (Principal Flute, Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra)
- Shelley Binder (Associate Professor of Flute, University of Tennessee, Knoxville)
- Marcel Moyse: Voice of the Flute by Ann McCutchan - Biography
- New York Times Obituary