Pedro Eustache

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Pedro Eustache
Eustache in 2008
Eustache in 2008
Background information
Born (1959-08-18) August 18, 1959 (age 62)
OriginCaracas, Venezuela
Years active37
LabelsGynook Productions Inc.

Pedro Eustache (born August 18, 1959) is a Venezuelan-born flautist, reed player, world woodwind player composer, and instrument maker. He has more than seven years of symphonic experience and a collection of around 600 instruments from all over the world, many of which having been designed, built and/or modified by himself.


Venezuelan-born[1] Eustache studied first in Venezuela under Michel Eustache (his brother), Ernesto Santini, Antonio Jose Naranjo and Glenn Egner while a member of José Antonio Abreu's "Venezuelan Youth National Orchestra" (now known as El Sistema). Upon graduation, he received a scholarship from the Venezuelan government to study in Europe, at the Hector Berlioz Conservatoire and L'Ècole de Musique d'Asnières, with Raymond Guiot & Pierre-Yves Artaud, respectively, with advanced studies with Aurèle Nicolet in Basel, Switzerland.[citation needed] He also has a M.F.A. in jazz from the California Institute of the Arts, U.S.[citation needed]

Eustache is a devout Christian.[2][3]


In February 2009, Eustache premiered his composition "Suite Concertante for World Woodwinds & Symphony Orchestra"]. Eustache performed on 21 solo woodwind instruments, under the baton of his fellow-countryman Gustavo Dudamel, with his "Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar", Caracas, Venezuela.

Eustache performed a "Multidirectional Flute" solo concert at the Conservatoire National Supérieure de Musique et Danse de Paris-France.[4] He was the opening soloist of the 3rd. International Spanish Flute Convention "Gala concert" in Seville 2014.[5]

Eustache was a featured soloist with the wind ensemble of the Samford University, under the baton of soloist and conductor Demondrae Thurman, Birmingham Alabama, Oct. 2014.[6] In 2008 and 2015 he gave solo concerts in Beirut, Lebanon, at the "Palais de L'UNESCO", under the aegis of the Mid. Eastern Bible Society [Lebanon], directed by Dr. Michel Bassous, and was one of the guests soloists invited by the Armenian government and Garik Israelian for the 6-hour long '80 years Anniversary Tribute-Concert' in Yerevan-Armenia.[citation needed]

He has also performed and/or recorded as a featured soloist with the Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, L'Orchestre Symphonique Du Bal de Vienne, Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar [principal solo flute ‘chair’ for three years], London Symphony Orchestra, Prague Symphony Orchestra, Venezuela Symphony Orchestra [first flute chair for two years], and the Caracas Symphonietta.[citation needed]

Film scores[edit]

Eustache has often provided solo woodwind for recording sessions in Los Angeles. He has done studio sessions for movies as a flute/woodwinds instrumentalist, including being the main world woodwinds soloist for Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ soundtrack, written by John Debney.[citation needed]

He won the 2007 Film & TV Music Award for Best Instrumental Performance by a Soloist in a Film or Television Score category for his work in Hans Zimmer's Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End.[citation needed]

He played Middle-Eastern flutes, reeds and Armenian duduk featured in Steven Spielberg's Munich (nominated for both the 2006 Oscars and the 49th Grammy Awards for 'Best Soundtrack'), composed and conducted by John Williams, as well as King Kenacho & Bs. Persian Ney in “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull”. He also soloed extensively in Middle-Eastern woodwinds & duduk with the London Symphony Orchestra for the film, The Body.


Eustache's world flutes and woodwinds solos are featured with Paul McCartney on his song "Jenny Wren", and "Growing Up Falling Down" which appears on the single Fine Line. For ten years he was the principal flute of Yanni Orchestra. He later performed on McCartney's 2018 album, Egypt Station. He was a featured soloist in the 2005 Grammy-award winner “Concert For George”.[citation needed]

He collaborated on 2014 Persian traditional music album Beyond Any Form.[7]

Other performances[edit]

Eustache was the featured winds soloist on Ramin Djawadi's/HBO's "Game of Thrones - Live Music Experience" international tour of 2017. In 2017 he was also the featured solo wind soloist in "Hans Zimmer Live" world tour.[citation needed]

Eustache was a featured performer [South-American woodwinds, Afro-Venezuelan percussion] on Gustavo Dudamel's "Libertador" orchestral suite, with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl in the "Noche de Cine" concert special, July 30, 2014.[8] He has been the woodwinds featured soloist with Yanni's orchestra since 1995, most recently during the 2003-2004 Ethnicity and 2005 Yanni Live! tours. He is the featured flute, sax & world winds soloist with Persian-pop diva Googoosh.

Eustache was brass section leader (tenor saxophone), for the Inside Job U.S. West-Coast tour for Don Henley. He was also house band member for Edward James Olmos' Americanos Concert with Latin Superstars Cachao Lopez, Gloria Estefan, Paquito D'Rivera, José Feliciano, Juan Luis Guerra, Sheila E., held at the Kennedy Center, Washington D.C., for the PBS Presents series.


In October 2014 he was an artist-in-residence at the prestigious Samford University, teaching master-classes in music fundamentals, musical aesthetics, western classical performance, jazz improvisation, and world music winds.[9]

Eustache has also taught Classical western flute in the Venezuelan National Youth Symphony's Conservatory, the Children's Orchestra Conservatory; Jazz flute in 1993–95 at the California Institute of the Arts, & more recently [in 2008], in a renewed connection with his native country, 'Introduction to Music Technology', 'Improvisation for Non-Improvisers' Parts I & II & 'World Music I: Introduction to The Classical Music of North India' [extension courses] at the Instituto Universitario de Estudios Musicales.


As a Soloist:

  • Hymns Of Yesterday & Today (2007)
  • Global Mvission (2004)
  • The Giant Sleeps (1995)
  • Strive for Higher Realities (1993)


  1. ^ "Estampas/El Universal"
  2. ^ Williams, Chris. "36: Pedro Eustache – You've heard his woodwinds. Now hear his hope". I Share Hope. I Share Hope. Retrieved 9 August 2016.
  3. ^ Harrup, Scott. "Instruments of Grace". Pentecostal Evangel. Pentecostal Evangel. Retrieved 9 August 2016.
  4. ^ "Concert avec Pedro Eustache". Archived from the original on 2015-07-12.
  5. ^ "AFE".
  6. ^ "Current Samford News Releases".
  7. ^ ""Neither Angel Nor Devil Am I" Released". Cultural Heritage News Agency. August 12, 2014. Archived from the original on July 12, 2015. Retrieved October 19, 2014.
  8. ^ L.A.Times review of this concert
  9. ^ "Ralph Magnette".

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