Mathieu Dufour, currently principal flute of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, won the audition for the position of principal flute of the Berliner Philharmoniker on 15 May. If he accepts the post, he would succeed Andreas Blau, who will reach retirement age at the end of the season. Mathieu Dufour is a native of Paris and studied with Maxence Larrieu at the National Conservatory of Music in Lyon. He has won numerous competitions, including the Jean-Pierre Rampal International Flute Competition. He began his professional career in 1993 as principal flute of the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse and served in the same position with the Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Paris from 1996 to 1999, when he joined the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as principal flute. In addition to his orchestral work, he appears frequently as a soloist.