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Also trained in the piano, in contrapoint and ensemble conducting, the artist perfects his tools and the instrument. In order to expand the repertoire for the pan flute, Zamfir expands the original 20-pan-piped wind instrument to 22, 25, even 30 bamboo panpipes. And thus opens dimensions for the pan flute that the rather simple instrument never previously possessed. Zamfir obtains from it special powers of expression between weighty depths and jubilant, spring-like exhilaration. An ever-increasing public has profited from his musical pioneer spirit, his innovative urgency and his pure passion for the range of sounds of the pan flute since the last 1960s. This public has enthusiastically received Zamfir and his ensembles, first in Germany, later in Switzerland, France and China.

Zamfir conquers the world
Already in 1966, Gheorghe Zamfir had released his first record, upon which the famous pieces such as “Doina de Jale” and “Doina ca de la Visina” are to be heard. The 1970s and 1980s see an artist who tirelessly changes sound studios, great concert halls and continents. In 1974, he composes the first “Mass for Peace” for the pan flute, choir, organ and orchestra. In 1976, his single “Été d’Amour” becomes one of the hits of the year. Zamfir makes stylistic and exemplary recordings with organ accompaniment, small ensembles and large orchestras that produce self-composition, classical and religious works, ethnic and popular music with the yearning tone colour of the pan flute. He gives legendary concerts in New York’s Carnegie Hall, in Royal Albert Hall in London, in Paris’s Olympia, in Shanghai, Tokyo and Cape Town. He is to be found upon the “great parquet”, is received by the Japanese empress and heads of state throughout the world, chitchats on the talk shows of David Letterman and Johnny Carson and gives the pope a sampling of his art form at the Vatican.

Back to the roots
In the recent past, Zamfir was less frequently upon European stages. Reason: Ongoing tours and en-suite concerts in the USA, Canada, Australia and Asia that become victory parades with virtually gigantic successes with the public.

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