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Thus Cellier's idea of playing "Panflute and Organ" renditions of Rumanian melodies was born. According to Cellier, the two instruments are surprisingly closely related as far as morphology is concerned. It is hard to imagine another pair of instruments that harmonically go together so well. The panflute is the forerunner of the pipe-organ, even though the one came into being thousands of years before the other. The panflute looks exactly like a small chamber organ.

When Marcel Cellier speaks about their interaction, he likes to call it a "love-affair between two instruments". As Marcel Cellier was not only a connoisseur of Rumanian folklore, but also knew what his listeners liked, he put together a program, against Zamfir's will, which consisted of the wonderful Doinas which later made both of them known worldwide. He then put on a concert in the 460-seat church in Cully. It was the world premiere of "Panflute and Organ" with Zamfir playing a panflute and Cellier playing an organ.

Over 750 people flocked to the concert where they stood clustered about the front of the church. Many even sought places to sit on the steps, in the choir loft around the organ, and around the altar and some also sat down on the floor. Never in its history had the church accommodated so many people and the concert was a tremendous success.

A few months later, Marcel Cellier organized another concert in the 2000-seat Victoria Hall in Geneva which was completely sold out. On the following day, the newspaper, "La Suisse" reported: "From the first to the last note there sounded a prelude to a fabulous musical adventure."

More concerts followed and Cellier also made Zamfir known, first in the German-speaking part of Switzerland, later in France, in Germany and then also as far away as Australia. The Australian concert was recorded live. The result was the Disque d'or "Flute de Pan et Orgue". For that same live recording, Zamfir and Cellier were presented in Paris with the 1984 "Grand prix audiovisuel de l'europe" of the "Academie du disque francais" by former French President Chirac.

In 1990, Hollywood honored Marcel Cellier with a GRAMMY AWARD, the music business's highest distinction. Lord Yehudi Menuhin was also fascinated by Celliers recordings.

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