Born in Lyon (France), Florent Bontron began learning the flute with José Daniel
At the age of 18 years, he went on to study at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris with Alain Marion and Vincent Lucas, and he graduated the Premier Prix for Flute and Chamber Music. During his studies in Paris, he played with the Orchestre de Paris under the direction of Christoph Eschenbach, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Neeme Jarvi, Semyon Bychkov, Paul Daniel and Christoph von Dohnányi.
Following this, in 2000, Florent moved in Switzerland to study with Emmanuel Pahud and he earned the Diplome de Soliste from the Conservatoire de Genève.
This same year, he was invited to play with the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra, working with Seiji Ozawa, Pierre Boulez, Ivan Fischer and Franz Welser-Most.
Following year, Florent joined as co-principal flute of the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne under the baton of Christian Zacharias.
In 2002, he obtained the position of principal flute at the Orchestre de Cannes and he was laureate of the ARD Munich competition in 2004. Since then, Florent has been invited to play as principal flute with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, l’Orchestre de l’Opera de Paris, l’Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse, l’Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo.
He has played with many conductors including Philippe Jordan, Valery Gergiev, Marek Janowski, Tugan Sokhiev, Georges Pretre, Josep Pons, and the soloists Anne Sophie Mutter, Vadim Repin, Maxim Vengerov, Nemanja Radulovic, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Renaud and Gautier Capuçon , Nelson Freire, Boris Berezovsky,…
Since 2009, Florent is part of in the Duo Pelléas with the french harpist Cecile Maudire in chamber music. The duo has played in many festivals in France, Italy, Slovakia, and they have played the famous Mozart concerto on numerous occasion on the “cote d’azur”.
During the season 2020/2021, Florent was invited to play as co-principal flute with the Opera Valencia/ Palau de les Arts.
He has played with the artists Lang Lang, Placido Domingo, Piotr Beczala, and the conductors Gustavo Gimeno, James Gaffigan, Marc Albrecht.
Florent often plays as a soloist with the Orchestre de Cannes interpreting the master pieces of W.A.Mozart, J.S Bach, J.Ibert, P.Dusapin, F.Poulenc, F.Martin, A.Vivaldi, alongside artists such as Emmanuel Pahud and Marielle Nordmann.
For the season 2021/2022, he will play a concerto by the swiss composer Michael Jarrell “…un temps de silence…”